Charles E. Alpers, MD

Professor | Nelson Fausto-Ann De Lancey Endowed Professor

Charles E. Alpers, MD

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Office Location:

UWMC - Room NE-110M

Mailing Address:

Box 356100
1959 NE Pacific St.
Seattle, WA 98195

Research Lab

Alpers Lab


Clinical and Research Background

Dr. Alpers is the former Interim Chair of the Department of Pathology, former director of the University of Washington Medicine Renal Pathology Service, and a UW professor of pathology and medicine. He is an expert in diagnostic and experimental renal pathology. Dr. Alpers’ clinical research has focused on growth factor molecules that control the expression of kidney diseases, on the kidney injury that occurs in patients with diabetes and on kidney injury that occurs in patients infected with Hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency viruses. His research lab utilizes model systems to identify mechanisms of diabetic renal injury and glomerulonephritis and to test therapies that can reverse these diseases.

Dr. Alpers earned his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and his M.D. from the University of Rochester School Of Medicine (N.Y.) in 1978. Following medical school, he trained as an intern and resident in internal medicine at Boston University. He subsequently did a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of California, San Francisco, and a fellowship in diagnostic and experimental kidney pathology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. After completing his fellowship training, Dr. Alpers joined the faculty of the UW in 1986 to assume directorship of the Renal Pathology Service and the Electron Microscopy Laboratory of the UW Medical Center. The Renal Pathology Service is the largest in the Northwest, and is the leading referral center for renal biopsy diagnoses for patients from Alaska, Washington, Idaho, and parts of Montana and Nevada.

For multiple years, Dr. Alpers has been listed as a “Best Doctor” by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine. Dr. Alpers is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology. He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has served as president of the Renal Pathology Society. He has served as associate editor of the American Journal of Pathology and of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology and served as pathology editor for the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. He is the author of the chapters on kidney disease in the 7th, 8th, and 9th editions of Robbins and Cotran’s Pathologic Basis of Disease, and Robbins Basic Pathology, the two most widely used textbooks of pathology used by medical students world-wide.

Board Certifications

Board Certified in Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology

Academic and Medical Appointments

Academic Appointments

Interim Chair, Department of Pathology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, 2016-2020

Acting Chair, Department of Pathology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, 2007-2008; 2009-2010

Vice Chair, Department of Pathology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, 2007-2020

Adjunct Professor of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA,1997-Present

Professor of Pathology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA,1997-Present

Associate Professor of Pathology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, 1991-1997

Assistant Professor of Pathology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, 1986-1991

Medical Appointments

Head, Renal Pathology Service, University of Washington Medical Center, 1994-2017

Director, Renal Pathology Fellowship, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1994-2015

Acting Director, Anatomic Pathology, University of Washington Medical Center, 2000-2001

Consultant in Pathology, Department of Laboratories, Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, Seattle, WA, 1989-Present

Head, Electron Microscope Laboratory, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA, 1986-2016

Autopsy Pathology, 1986-1997

Renal Pathology, 1984-Present

Education and Training

Training

Research Fellow in Pathology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 1984-1986

Resident in Laboratory Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, CA, 1983-1984

Fellow in Surgical Pathology, University of California, San Francisco, CA, 1982-1983

Resident in Pathology, University of California, San Francisco, CA, 1980-1982

Intern and Resident, Internal Medicine, University Hospital, Boston, MA, 1978-1980

Education

Medical Doctorate, University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, NY, 1978

Bachelor of Arts, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1973

Publications

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