Haimanot (Monnie) Wasse, MD, MPH, has been named division chief of Nephrology in the RUSH Department of Internal Medicine.
Wasse will oversee a division responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease and conditions related to kidney care. She will also be responsible for the division’s clinical, academic, educational, research, and community missions.
Wasse is a distinguished physician, scientist and educator with over 20 years of experience. She is an endowed professor of medicine and the vice chairperson of clinical operations within the Department of Internal Medicine. She is also the co-medical director of inpatient dialysis at RUSH.
Upon joining RUSH in 2016, she developed the Interventional Nephrology Program and founded and directed the multidisciplinary Post-COVID Clinic in response to the pandemic. Prior to joining RUSH, she directed the interventional nephrology programs at Emory University and Northwestern University.
Wasse’s research focuses on characterizing the key mechanisms, pathways and genes involved in arteriovenous dialysis access dysfunction. Her scientific work as principal investigator has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Wasse has held many national leadership and committee roles, including serving as the first female president of the American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology from 2018 to 2020, and regularly serving as a scientific symposium speaker and moderator.
She has also mentored and taught numerous fellows, residents, and medical students, and is currently a fellow in the Hedwig van Amerigen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program.