Program Director

Dr. Kevin Burns

Kevin D. Burns, MD, FRCP(C) is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa.  He is Senior Scientist and Director of the Kidney Research Centre of the Ottawa Health Research Institute, University of Ottawa, and is cross-appointed to the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine. Dr. Burns received his B.Sc. and M.D.,C.M. from McGill University, and completed Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Ottawa.  Following a clinical fellowship year in Nephrology in Ottawa, he undertook basic science research training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  In 1992, he was awarded a 5-year Scholarship from the Medical Research Council of Canada, and he returned to Ottawa as a clinician scientist. His research program has been supported by funds from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Kidney Foundation of Canada (KFOC), and the Canada Foundation for Innovation/Ontario Innovation Trust.  Dr. Burns was University and Hospital Division Head of Nephrology from 1997-2005. He is Past President of the Canadian Society of Nephrology (CSN) (2004-2006), and is Chair of the Steering Committee for the KRESCENT Program.

Dr. Burns’ research is focused on the function and regulation of the intrarenal renin-angiotensin system, as this system pertains to the pathogenesis of kidney diseases, including diabetic nephropathy and hypertension.  His laboratory uses a variety of methods in cell and molecular biology, as well as animal models of kidney disease.  Dr. Burns is also involved in clinical research studies that aim to transfer knowledge from the laboratory bench to the patient’s bedside.

The KRESCENT Program is a Strategic Training Program developed and supported by:


With additional generous support from:

AMGEN               Baxter Corporation               Merck-Frosst Canada Ltd.             Ortho Biotech              RocheShire BioChem Inc.

© 2005 The Kidney Foundation of Canada