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Research at Mass General
Xavier Fernando Vela Parada, MD, a research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital, is working to find new ways to detect and treat various forms of kidney disease.
I studied medicine in my home country El Salvador, Central America.
At the Thadhani lab we focus in finding new ways to detect and treat various forms of kidney disease. We hope that we will be able to find new markers and new therapeutic agents that will allow us to treat and detect kidney disease in its early stages as well as its complications.
Nephrology is the basis of medicine. Since I was in med school I was impressed at the way the kidneys tightly regulate the human physiology; this was my favorite subject while studying to become a physician. Chronic kidney disease is problem of enormous proportions and I feel committed to work toward find a solution for our patients.
A typical day will include discussion with my PIs about new research questions and future directions for our research. Also, when working with patients I make sure they understand the how much we value them and how important is their contribution to science. I also work closely with other staff making sure our study samples are collected and stored properly. Normally I will also reach to younger staff in order to transmit my passion for kidney research.
I love the fact that being at Mass General gives me the exposure to a vast array of fantastic clinicians, scientists, service and administrative personnel. Each one of them contribute in one way or another in order to achieve our end goal, which is to improve patient care. At the same time Mass General made me feel welcome from the very first day, in a place so diverse like this I encountered a new family.
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