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Emory Rollins School of Public Health

Laura  Plantinga

Assistant Professor

Jointly Appointed, Epidemiology

Dr. Plantinga is a recent graduate of the Rollins School of Public Health (PhD, epidemiology) and she previously trained at Johns Hopkins University (ScM, biostatistics) and University of Maryland (BS, zoology). Her research focuses on the quality of care among patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Her doctoral work examined the sociodemographic and geographic determinants of quality of care among U.S. lupus patients with ESRD. Additionally, Dr. Plantinga collaborates on a variety of studies with Emory investigators in transplant, geriatrics, rheumatology, and epidemiology, as well as renal medicine, aimed at improving care in the underserved CKD/ESRD patient population.

Prior to completing her doctoral degree, Dr. Plantinga served as project director and co-investigator for a CDC-funded effort to establish a national CKD surveillance system ( Through this work, she disseminated national estimates of CKD burden, awareness, and quality of care. She also serves on the Editorial Board of Kidney International and as an Associate Editor for BMC Nephrology.

Contact Information

Atlanta , GA


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  • PhD 2014, Emory University
  • ScM 2002, Johns Hopkins University

Courses Taught

  • EPI 567: EPI of Aging Populations
  • EPI 536: Applied Data Analysis

Affiliations & Activities

Department of Medicine, Divisions of Nephrology and General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics


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