SLUCare Nephrologists Honored
Dr. Krista Lentine and Dr. Thanh-Mai Vo Receive Prestigious Awards
SLUCare Physician Group celebrates the recent recognition of two physicians with the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Nephrology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.
The American Society of Transplantation (AST) presented SLUCare nephrologist Krista Lentine, MD, PhD, with its 2021 Clinical Science Established Investigator Award at the virtual American Transplant Congress. The award is bestowed annually on a professor-level senior clinical scientist in recognition of their contributions to transplantation and the professional society.
Dr. Lentine is a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at SLU’s School of Medicine and medical director of living kidney donation at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital. She holds the Mid-America Transplant/Jane A. Beckman endowed chair and is co-director of clinical research in SLU Hospital’s Abdominal Transplant Center.
Dr. Lentine’s academic contributions to the field of nephrology are significant. She has co-authored over 300 peer-reviewed journal articles and numerous book chapters, and is lead editor of a 2021 textbook on living kidney donation.
In another honor for SLUCare Nephrology, Thanh-Mai Vo, MD, was named one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s “Most Influential Business Women” of 2021. The award recognizes women in the region for their impact in the industries in which they work and at local nonprofits in the communities they represent.
In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Vo is an associate professor of nephrology at SLU’s School of Medicine, where she serves as program director. She is also co-president of the St. Louis Vietnamese American Medical Association, works with the National Kidney Foundation, and is involved with the Lupus Foundation.
Dr. Vo enjoys her role in training nephrology fellows, stating: “It’s not just working on the curriculum but finding ways to make sure they are getting the best training possible. I want them to have a good learning environment. Any trainee can pick up a book and read – I want the entire experience to be nurturing so they can learn.”
Dr. Vo also works to assure patients are heard and understood. She recounts a story of a patient who hadn’t been taking her medication. Instead of writing the woman off as non-compliant, she sat down to find out why. Talking to the patient revealed the woman’s food insecurity. Her medication couldn’t be taken on an empty stomach, so she was only taking her meds on days she had access to meals.
“Taking the time to have the conversation allows me to really treat the patient,” she said.