Dr. Joseph I. Shapiro was born in Newark, NJ in 1954. He received a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976 and his M.D. from UMDNJ-Rutgers Medical School in 1980. Dr. Shapiro trained in Internal Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital (1980-83) and Nephrology at the University of Colorado (1983-87). He rose through the academic ranks there and moved to the University of Toledo (formerly the Medical College of Ohio) as Professor of Medicine and chief of Nephrology in 1997. He became chairman of Medicine in 1999, serving until 2012 when became Vice President and Dean of the School of Medicine at Marshall University. Dr. Shapiro has been active as a clinician, teacher and researcher. He has received a number of awards for his scholarship, teaching, research and institutional citizenship including induction into Alpha Omega Alpha, Fellowship and Mastership in the American College of Physicians, American Society of Nephrology and American Heart Association and the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Award. Recently, Dr. Shapiro was honored by Mastership in the American College of Physicians, an honor bestowed on < 1% of the members of this organization of internal medicine physicians. Dr. Shapiro maintains board certification in both internal medicine and nephrology and is perennially listed on the various “top doctors” lists including Castle Connelly. During this career, Dr. Shapiro has received more than 50M dollars in funding from the NIH as principal or co-principal investigator and authored more than 300 scientific articles, book chapters and patents. Dr. Shapiro has also been active as an entrepreneur, starting several companies based on scientific discoveries.