Talat Alp Ikizler is a nephrologist. Ikizler also serves as the Director of the Division of Nephrology in the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and is the Catherine McLaughlin Hakim Chair in Vascular Biology and a Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt. Ikizler additionally runs a research lab where he focuses primarily on nutritional and metabolic aspects of kidney disease. Ikizler’s work has been crucial to understanding the implications of dialysis on certain metabolic proteins and nutrition, and has published almost 70 academic research papers on various topics related to the study of kidney function.Ikizler is originally from Istanbul, Turkey where he completed his M.D. at the Istanbul Faculty of Medicine.