Priya Verghese, MBBS, MPH is a pediatric nephrologist with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Having been born and brought up in the United States for the early years of her life, moving to India with at the impressionable age of ten had a profound impact on her career choice. She secured admission into one of India’s top five medical colleges on merit. She then completed pediatric residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she declined an invitation to be chief resident to pursue a pediatric nephrology fellowship and a subsequent transplant fellowship at the University of Washington while simultaneously earning a degree in the Master of Public Health in Epidemiology. She moved to Minnesota in July 2009 where she served over a decade as a nephrologist, in addition to a medical directorship for pediatric kidney transplant, president of the clinical service unit board and more.
She moved to Chicago and started as Division Head of the Pediatric Nephrology Division at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago on January 2nd, 2020. Since her arrival, she has revamped the division to reduce patient wait times, create a unique service model to meet the needs of the patients, increased the division’s research profile and formalized the educational curriculum of the nephrology training program for medical students, residents and fellows.
Nationally she is an acclaimed transplant nephrologist and has several publications in high impact journals and is invited to speak across the world to share her transplant expertise and research. She serves as a patient advocate through her work with the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology (where she is currently a council member), the American Society of Transplantation and the United Network of Organ Sharing.
Her vision for the Division of Nephrology at Lurie Children's is:
- To build a world-class team for health-care delivery for all children with kidney related problems ensuring no child is left behind, regardless of race, socioeconomic status or disease diagnosis
- Be the site of choice for children in Illinois, and beyond
- Be leaders in innovation in clinical and translational research leading the way for the next generation
- Be outstanding teachers for the next generation of nephrologists