August 06, 2019

Division of Nephrology renames endowed professorship in Rostand’s honor

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RS24719 rostand stephen 2009 scrTo pay tribute to Stephen G. Rostand, M.D.—a renowned investigator, longtime faculty member, and esteemed leader—the Division of Nephrology has renamed an existing endowed professorship to the Stephen G. Rostand, M.D., Endowed Professorship in Nephrology.

“The creation of this endowed professorship in my name was a great and unexpected honor,” Rostand says. “I am pleased that my contributions to the School of Medicine, to patient care, and to the field of nephrology have made a difference.”

Rostand, a native of New York City, received his bachelor’s and medical degrees from Tufts University in Boston. After completing his internship and residency in internal medicine at Duke University, he was a research fellow in nephrology at Boston University Medical Center, the University of Pennsylvania, and Duke University. 

He served two years in the U.S. Army Medical Corp, where he received the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service. Rostand then joined the School of Medicine in 1973 as an assistant professor in the Division of Nephrology. He was the chief of Nephrology Service at Veterans Hospital in Birmingham from 1973-1985 and served as assistant chief of staff at University Hospital from 1985-1996. He is now professor emeritus in the Division of Nephrology.

Rostand was the principal investigator for the Clinical Center at UAB for the African-American Study of Kidney Disease and Hypertension Trial (AASK), an eight-year multicenter study funded by the National Institutes of Health. He continued as the principal investigator of the AASK Cohort Study that followed for an additional five years.

Rostand is author of over 100 scientific and clinical articles, book chapters, editorials and abstracts. In 2014, he published a 50-year historical retrospective of the UAB Division of Nephrology, titled “A Half-Century of Nephrology at UAB 1958-2008: A Tradition of Excellence.”

Edward Inscho, Ph.D., professor in the Division of Nephrology, currently holds the endowed professorship in nephrology. His research focuses on the role P1 and P2 receptors play in regulating renal microvascular function in healthy and diseased kidney settings.

“Dr. Rostand’s contributions to the division have been instrumental in the growth and reputation of our programs,” says Anupam Agarwal, M.D., director of the Division of Nephrology and executive vice dean of the School of Medicine. “This endowment will provide resources to support Dr. Inscho’s research, who is the inaugural holder of this endowed professorship.”

To make a gift to the Stephen G. Rostand, M.D., Endowed Professorship in Nephrology, visit or contact Megann Bates Cain at or 205-934-7408.