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Laura  Plantinga

Associate Professor

Jointly Appointed, Epidemiology

Dr. Plantinga's research focuses on multidisciplinary, patient-centered approaches to improving the quality of care among underserved patients with chronic diseases, including patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), end-stage renal disease (ESRD), and lupus. 

Dr. Plantinga currently leads funded studies focused on: (i) development of a web-based communication system between hospitals and outpatient dialysis facilities to improve care coordination of dialysis patients; (ii) assessment of aging and the burden of geriatric syndromes (particularly, functional impairment) in the lupus population; and (iii) examination of the utility and effectiveness of providing patient-friendly reports on functioning to patients and providers in the dialysis and lupus settings. Dr. Plantinga also collaborates on a variety of studies with Emory investigators in renal medicine, transplantation, geriatrics, rheumatology, hospital medicine, nursing, and epidemiology, as well as investigators outside of Emory, all aimed at improving care in underserved patient populations. 

Dr. Plantinga has been an author on >100 peer-reviewed manuscripts. She is a Senior Board Member at BMC Nephrology and serves on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases. She also teaches Applied Data Analysis and Epidemiology of Aging Populations in the Department of Epidemiology.

Contact Information

Atlanta , GA


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Areas of Interest

  • Chronic Diseases
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Services Research
  • Renal Diseases


  • PhD 2014, Emory University
  • ScM 2002, Johns Hopkins University

Courses Taught

  • EPI 536: Applied Data Analysis
  • EPI 567: EPI of Aging Populations

Affiliations & Activities

Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics & Gerontology


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