Olivera Couloures, MD, is a pediatric kidney specialist who values the relationships she develops with patients and their families.
“Many of the kidney problems I treat are recurring and some of them have no cure, such as nephrotic syndrome or loss of kidney function,” Dr. Couloures says. “That means I get to work with patients and families long-term. I try to earn their trust, while providing the best care available today.”
The most rewarding part of her job, Dr. Couloures says, is watching her patients get better, and when possible, reversing the process that was heading toward loss of kidney function. “I love seeing my patients feel good enough to smile and do things they enjoy,” she says.
An active researcher interested in pediatric dialysis—particularly in solute (dissolved substances, including potassium and phosphorus) movement—Dr. Couloures discovered novel solute characteristics and patterns of elimination. Dr. Couloures says it is exciting to find important results that were unexpected. “It is those incidental findings that question prior knowledge and open doors to further research,” she says.
Dr. Couloures is an associate professor of pediatric nephrology at Yale School of Medicine.