John M. Arthur, M.D., Ph.D.

John M. Arthur, M.D., Ph.D.

I am the chief of the nephrology division and I have a number of other roles at the University including associate director of the translational research institute and director of a junior faculty mentored research program, called the KL2 program. I earned my M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, did my medicine residency and nephrology fellowship at Duke and was on the faculty at the University of Louisville and the Medical University of South Carolina before coming to Arkansas in 2015. I am excited about the present and the future at UAMS and proud to lead such an awesome division.

Clinical Bio

Academic Interest:

  • Acute kidney injury
  • Slowing the progression of CKD

Research interests

  • Pathophysiology and biomarkers in AKI
  • Recovery from dialysis-dependent AKI
  • The gut microbiome and CKD
  • Causative mechanisms in glomerular diseases

Interests/ hobbies:

  • Cooking
  • Wine
  • Enjoying the outdoors

Greatest achievement:

  • Raising five wonderful children

What do you like about nephrology?

  • Early in my training, I planned to be a cardiologist but during my residency, I discovered that the physiology in nephrology excited me even more that cardiac physiology. From the whole kidney to the tubules to the cell and molecular level, mechanisms in the kidney are complex, exciting and amazingly functional. Every activity in normal renal physiology and in disease is determined by the remarkable way that the whole complex organ comes together. In nephrology, you can use the knowledge of this incredible organ to help people.

Why Little Rock?

  • Coming to Little Rock was a big change for me and I thought long and hard about it. The factors that convinced me are the opportunity to work with a wonderful group of people, the resources that are available, tremendous collaboration opportunities and the chance to make a difference in the development of careers of trainees and junior faculty.