Mary E. Choi, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Nephrology & Hypertension
Joan and Sanford I. Weill Department of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell
Dr. Mary E. Choi is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and Associate Physician at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell. Dr. Choi received her M.D. degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1984. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at Duke her Nephrology fellowship at Johns Hopkins. She was a faculty member in the Division of Nephrology at Johns Hopkins from 1993-1998, at Yale from 1998-2000, and University of Pittsburgh 2000-2007. Prior to her move to Weill Cornell Medical College, she was an Associate Professor in the Nephrology Division of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School from 2007-2013. During her tenure at Harvard, she also served as the Course Director of the Interhospital Clinical Elective & Advanced Seminar in Renal Pathophysiology. Dr. Choi is a physician-scientist and an established investigator in the field of cell signal transduction and kidney pathobiology. Dr. Choi’s research centers on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms of kidney injury and fibrosis, such as diabetic nephropathy and progressive kidney diseases, in particular focusing on examining the mechanisms of signal transduction by Transforming Growth Factor-beta1 (TGF-1). Dr. Choi’s more recent work has focused on mechanisms of cytoprotection in the kidney, and elucidation of the cellular and molecular regulation of TGF-1 induction of cytoprotectants, including heme oxygenase-1, carbon monoxide, and autophagy in the kidney. Her research program has been continuously funded through numerous mechanisms including her NIH Physician-Scientist Award, Grant-In-Aids from the American Heart Association, VA Career Development Award at the Advanced Level II, and the M.James Scherbenske Grant Award from the American Society of Nephrology, and currently supported by two NIH R01 grants and a Co-Investigator on four additional NIH grants. Dr. Choi has served on numerous grant review committees, including the NIH General Medicine B study sections, several NIH/NIDDK Special Emphasis Panels, and she currently serves as a permanent member of the NIH Molecular and Integrative Signal Transduction (MIST) Study Section. Her additional contributions to the scientific community include serving on the Editorial Board of journals such as the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, American Journal of Physiology, Kidney Research and Clinical Practice, and Physiological Reports, as well as several key committees including the National Kidney Foundation, American Heart Association, and American Society of Nephrology.