Dr. Rachel Sturdivant is a clinical associate professor in the Division of Nephrology. Dr. Sturdivant graduated summa cum laude and was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical School. She initiated her residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and completed both her residency and her nephrology fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Since joining the nephrology faculty in 2003, Dr. Sturdivant has focused her time on care and education of patients with chronic kidney disease and end stage renal disease. She has served as the medical director of the nephrology anemia clinic since 2003 and as the associate program director of the nephrology fellowship program (2003 to 2009). She enjoys teaching the future generation of physicians and has been nominated for the Golden Apple Teaching Excellence Award and Teacher of the Month Award several times by her medical students. The nephrology fellows chose her as Best Junior Faculty Teacher in 2006. In 2009, she received the prestigious Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society whose membership advocates compassion in medicine.
Dr. Sturdivant maintains a busy clinical practice with a focus on diagnosis and management of kidney disease and the care of patients who require dialysis therapy. She serves as the medical director of the inpatient acute dialysis units at MUSC and is the director for clinical operations for the Division of Nephrology medical practice. She advocates for patients with end stage renal disease by serving on the medical advisory board for Network 6. Her clinical interests include chronic kidney disease, dialysis and systems improvement for quality clinical care.