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Janice Irene Lea, M.D.

Janice Irene Lea, M.D.
Professor, Medicine

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Dr. Janice P. Lea, MD is Professor of medicine at Emory University and is board-certified in nephrology and hypertension. Dr. Lea graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in biology. She earned her medical degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and completed her residency in internal medicine and a nephrology fellowship at Emory University affiliated hospitals. Dr. Lea has also received a Masters of Science in Clinical Research from Emory’s School of Public Health. Dr. Lea’s research interests are in hypertension and kidney disease and she is the Emory Principal Investigator for the National Institutes of Health study, African-American Study of Kidney Disease and Hypertension (AASK). Dr. Lea has been recently named Chief Medical Director of Emory Dialysis. She also is the co-director of the Emory Hypertension Research Center and serves as co-Investigator for other clinical trials related to hypertension and CKD. Dr. Lea is one of three National Medical Spokesperson’s for the National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Lea is a nationally-renowned expert in hypertension and is designated a “Clinical Specialist in Hypertension” by the American Society of Hypertension. She has been an invited guest speaker to numerous national conferences including the American Heart Association, National Medical Association, Congressional Black Caucus, and numerous other legislative and medical meetings. Dr. Lea is a member of the American Society of Nephrology, National Kidney Foundation, and the International Society of Hypertension in Blacks. She also is very active in the community setting volunteering her time to educate susceptible populations about their risks of kidney disease due to hypertension and diabetes.

Dr. Lea’s clinical practice is primarily that of managing difficult cases of hypertension, treating patients with chronic kidney disease due to diabetes and hypertension, and End-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients receiving home or in-center dialysis therapy. She manages patients at Emory, Midtown, Grady, and Wesley Woods hospitals. Her primary office for outpatient clinic is at Emory Midtown Medical Office Tower. She is medical director of the Emory Greenbriar Dialysis Clinic and of the Home Dialysis Program at Emory Northside. Dr. Lea has been named by Atlanta magazine as one of Atlanta's Top Nephrologists for 2009 and 2010.

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Last Update: 05/22/2015