Dr. Akilesh is an anatomic pathologist with special expertise in medical diseases of the kidney (renal pathology). Dr. Akilesh is presently applying next generation genomic tools and analyses to research the development, structure and function of the kidney and its component cells in health and disease. He has received the prestigious Damon Runyon Cancer Research Fellowship (2013-2017) to support these studies.
Dr. Akilesh graduated valedictorian of Dartmouth College. After graduation, he conducted research on autoimmune disease at the Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine. He then completed his doctoral and medical education at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. After completing his anatomic pathology residency in St. Louis and a renal pathology fellowship at the University of Washington, Dr. Akilesh joined the faculty of the Department of Pathology in 2013.
Dr. Akilesh is board certified in anatomic pathology. He is a member of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) and the Renal Pathology Society (RPS). In 2014, his peers nominated him as a top doctor in the Seattle Metropolitan Magazine.
I enjoy interpreting biopsies from patients with kidney disease. To further advance our knowledge of the functioning of the kidney, my research focuses on understanding how our DNA (genome) interacts with the environment in both health and disease. I am motivated to translate basic research discoveries toward providing better care for patients with kidney disease.