Bessie Young Mielcarek

Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology
Professor, Medicine - Nephrology
Adjunct Professor, Health Services
Associate Dean, School of Medicine


MPH Epidemiology, University of Washington, 2001
MD Medicine, University of Washington, 1987
BS Chemistry, Pacific Lutheran University, 1983


Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology
VA Puget Sound Health Care System
1660 S. Columbian Way S. RDU 111A
Seattle, WA 98108

Research Interests

  • Racial and ethnic differences: Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis outcomes, diabetes
  • Diabetic nephropathy: Racial and ethnic differences in access to care, quality of care, progression of care, progression/survival, and other outcomes
  • APOL1 and kidney disease

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Association of the Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate With vs Without a Coefficient for Race With Time to Eligibility for Kidney Transplant.
(2021 Jan 4)
JAMA Netw Open 4(1): e2034004
Zelnick LR, Leca N, Young B, Bansal N

Association between goal-striving stress and rapid kidney function decline among African Americans: the Jackson Heart Study.
(2021 Feb)
J Investig Med 69(2): 382-387
Cain-Shields L, Glover L, Young B, Sims M

Optimism is associated with chronic kidney disease and rapid kidney function decline among African Americans in the Jackson Heart Study.
(2020 Dec)
J Psychosom Res 139(): 110267
Glover LM, Butler-Williams C, Cain-Shields L, Forde AT, Purnell TS, Young B, Sims M

Circulating testican-2 is a podocyte-derived marker of kidney health.
(2020 Oct 6)
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 117(40): 25026-25035
Ngo D, Wen D, Gao Y, Keyes MJ, Drury ER, Katz DH, Benson MD, Sinha S, Shen D, Farrell LA, Peterson BD, Friedman DJ, Elmariah S, Young BA, Smith JG, Yang Q, Vasan RS, Larson MG, Correa A, Humphreys BD, Wang TJ, Pollak MR, Wilson JG, Gerszten RE, Rhee EP

Health Disparities in Advanced Heart Failure Treatment: The Intersection of Race and Sex.
(2020 Jul 1)
JAMA Netw Open 3(7): e2011034
Young BA

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