Craig Alan Shadur, MD

Specialty: 
Nephrology - Transplant Nephrology
Graduated From: 
Brigham and Woman's Hospital - Internal Medicine and Nephrology; University of Iowa - MD; Northwestern University – BA
Current Position: 
Medical Director – Transplantation, Unity Point Des Moines
Current Projects: 
Developing a curriculum for Internal Medicine residents to learn nephrology as well spending more time in small group teaching sessions.
What made you decide to work in transplantation?: 
Like many physicians I was greatly influenced in my residency by a number of role models who subsequently became mentors.  The two individuals who stand out were Terry Strom and Charles (Bernie) Carpenter.  Also, I am greatly indebted to several of my outstanding peers who included Doug Norman, Dan Salomon and Edgar Milford all of whom inspired and challenged me. The field of transplantation and transplant immunology was (and still is) an area of tremendous advancements through our expansion of knowledge which to me has always been challenging and exciting.
What do you find to be the most valuable aspect of your work?: 

I have always enjoyed taking care of patients and establishing  long term relationships.  Francis Weld Peabody was correct when he said "....For the secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the patient."  This has always been my mantra over years of clinical practice.  One of my other major joys is in participating in medical education for students, residents, fellows and peers.  Both of these joyful privileges go back to our 2300 year old Hippocratic Oath as physicians.

Fun Facts: 

I was appointed by the governor of Iowa to the state board that tasted wine and decided which wines would be sold in Iowa;  In 1981 I was one of a small group of transplant physicians who decided at the ASN meeting in Washington DC to form a society to promote transplantation science and patient care - wow what a fun ride this has been.