Lesley Inker, MD, MS, FRCP (C)

Co-Director, Faculty Career Development Program; Director, Kidney Function and Evaluation Center; Professor of Medicine
Tufts CTSI; Tufts Medical Center; Tufts University School of Medicine

Dr. Lesley Inker is an attending physician in the William B. Schwartz, M.D. Division of Nephrology at Tufts Medical Center and a professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. Her clinical roles include serving as the director of the division’s Kidney and Blood Pressure Center and the medical director of the Kidney and Blood Pressure Center.

Dr. Inker’s primary research interests are in kidney function measurement and estimation, alternative endpoints for clinical trials of kidney disease progression, and epidemiology and outcomes related to chronic kidney disease (CKD). She is an investigator on several trials of kidney disease progression. Dr Inker has worked with National Kidney Foundation (NKF) leadership on multiple public health initiatives for CKD care in the United States, including a member of the recent joint NKF-American Society of Nephrology task force on reassessing use of race in diagnosis of CKD. Dr. Inker is the inaugural chair of the steering committee for the NKF KidneyCARE (Community Access to Research Equity)™ Study, the first national kidney disease patient registry.

Dr. Inker received her BA in Psychology at McGill University, in Montreal, Canada, her MD degree at McMaster University, Hamilton Canada and her MS degree at Tufts University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency training at McMaster University, clinical nephology fellowship at University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and her Research Fellowship in the Division of Nephrology at Tufts Medical Center.