Department of Medicine
Faculty Profiles by Division

Division of Renal-Electrolyte

Faculty Profiles

Division Chief

Thomas R. Kleyman, MD

Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: hypertension, Na channel, K channel, epithelial cell biology

Email: kleyman@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-647-3121

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Blaise William Abramovitz, DO

Renal-Electrolyte

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Hypertension, Medical Education, & Glomerulonephritis

Email: abramovitzbw2@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-578-9265

Syeda Behjat Ahmad, MD

Renal-Electrolyte

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Glomerular Disease, Clinical trials, teaching

Email: ahmadsb5@upmc.edu

Mohammad Al-bataineh, DVM, MS, PhD

Renal-Electrolyte

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Acute kidney injury; ischemia; metabolic stress; Muc1; ß-catenin; AMPK

Email: mma57@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-648-9081

Gerard Apodaca, PhD

Renal-Electrolyte

Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: cell biology, uroepithelium, rho family GTPases, exocytosis, endocytosis, kidney epithelium

Email: gla6@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-383-8893

Amar D. Bansal, MD FASN

Renal-Electrolyte

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: chronic kidney disease, renal supportive care, onconephrology, glomerulonephritis

Email: bansalad@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-647-2571

Catherine Baty, DVM, PhD

Renal-Electrolyte

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: lymphatic endothelial cell biology, cardiomyopathy, live cell imaging (microscopy)

Email: cjb16@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-648-9411

Filitsa Bender, MD, FACP

Renal-Electrolyte

Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Chronic Kidney Disease: management and outcomes, Hemodialysis, Peritoneal Dialysis

Email: fhb5@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-383-4899

Lori Birder, PhD

Renal-Electrolyte

Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Urinary Bladder, Sensory Neurons, Urothelium, Vanilloid Receptor 1 (VR1), Mechanosensitivity, Nitric Oxide

Email: lbirder@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-383-7368

Cary Boyd-Shiwarski, MD, PhD

Renal-Electrolyte

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Hypertension and Electrolyte Disorders

Email: boydcr@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-647-3118

Marcelo D. Carattino, PhD

Renal-Electrolyte

Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Structure and function of ion channels, Acid-sensing ion channels, Epithelial sodium channel, Tight junctions, Epithelial transport, Physiology of the Urinary bladder

Email: mdc4@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-648-9075

Winn Cashion, PhD

Renal-Electrolyte

Clinical Instructor of Medicine

Email: cashionw@upmc.edu

Geetha Chalasani, MD

Renal-Electrolyte

Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Memory T cells in organ transplantation, B cell – T cell interactions in memory generation, Innate immune activation in organ transplantation, Pathogenesis of chronic rejection

Email: gec12@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-383-5924

Aravind Cherukuri, MBBS, PhD, MRCP

Renal-Electrolyte

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Cytokine expressing B cells, TCMR, DSA, Biomarkers, Post-transplant proteinuria

Email: cherukuria@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-525-0671

Robert Moreau Denshaw, MD

Renal-Electrolyte

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Management of chronic kidney disease

Email: denshawr@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-802-3043

Ranil DeSilva, MD

Renal-Electrolyte

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Chronic kidney disease, Quality improvement, Outcomes associated with hemodialysis vascular access

Email: desilvarn@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-802-3043

Yan Dorneich, MD

Renal-Electrolyte

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Email: dorneichy@upmc.edu

Linda Fried, MD, MPH

Renal-Electrolyte

Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Diabetic nephropathy, Cardiovascular Epidemiology, Aging Epidemiology, Kidney failure, chronic Peritoneal dialysis Dialysis

Email: lff9@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-360-3930

Laurence Friedman, MD, CCSP, FACP

Renal-Electrolyte

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Care of patients with solid organ transplants and chronic kidney disease, Medical Education

Email: friedmanle@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-578-9551

Sundaram Hariharan, MD

Renal-Electrolyte

Clinical Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Recurrent and De novo Diseases After Renal Transplantation, BKV infection After Renal Transplantation, Long-term Kidney Transplant Survival, Surrogate Markers for Long-term Kidney Transplant Outcome

Email: hariharans@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-647-5688

John Robert Hotchkiss, MD

Renal-Electrolyte

Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Quantitative approaches to medical education, Analysis of physiologic patterns, Mechanical ventilation, Dialysis

Email: HotchkissJR@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-647-9073

Rebecca P Hughey, PhD

Renal-Electrolyte

Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Assembly of the epithelial sodium channel, Role of Muc1 in acute kidney injury, MUC1 mucin synthesis processing and trafficking, Apical membrane trafficking in polarized epithelia

Email: hugheyr@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-383-8949

Youko Ikeda, PhD

Renal-Electrolyte

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Lower urinary tract cell physiology

Email: yoi4@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-383-5939

Edwin (Ed) K. Jackson, PhD

Renal-Electrolyte

Professor of Medicine, Secondary Appointment

Academic Interest: Pre-Clinical cardiovascular & renal pharmacology, Paracrine & autocrine pharmacology of purines & estrogen metabolites, Development of intellectual property

Email: edj@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-648-1505

Manisha Jhamb, MD, MPH

Renal-Electrolyte

Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: chronic kidney disease, end stage renal disease, sleep apnea in dialysis patients

Email: jhambm@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-647-7062

James R. Johnston, MD

Renal-Electrolyte

Emeritus Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Diabetic nephropathies, Hypertension, Immunosuppresive agents, Kidney failure, acute Kidney transplantation Kidney, polycystic, autosomal dominant, Medical Education

Email: jamiej@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-647-6821

Duncan Johnstone, MD, PhD

Renal-Electrolyte

Visiting Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: glomerular disease, FSGS, polycystic kidney disease, physiology

Email: johnstonedb@upmc.edu

Hoda Kaldas, MD

Renal-Electrolyte

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Quality improvement and patient safety, Online case-based teaching

Email: kaldash@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-647-7157

Nitin Muralidhar Kamat, MD

Renal-Electrolyte

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Care of patients with chronic kidney disease, Outcomes in patients with acute renal failure in the ICU, Clinical Nephrology

Email: kamatnm@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-647-7157

Anthony Kanai, PhD

Renal-Electrolyte

Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Urinary bladder dysfunctions due to benign prostatic hyperplasia/obstruction, radiation cystitis and spinal cord injury, and new therapeutic approaches

Email: ajk5@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-624-1430

Ossama B. Kashlan, PhD

Renal-Electrolyte

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Ion channels, Epithelial sodium channel, Allosteric regulation, Post-translational processing, Protein structure-function

Email: obk2@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-648-9277

John A Kellum, MD

Renal-Electrolyte

Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: critical care nephrology, sepsis and multi-organ failure,clinical epidemiology

Email: kellumja@ccm.upmc.edu

Phone: 412-647-8110

Thomas R. Kleyman, MD

Renal-Electrolyte

Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: hypertension, Na channel, K channel, epithelial cell biology

Email: kleyman@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-647-3121

Fadi Lakkis, MD

Renal-Electrolyte

Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: acute and chronic rejection in solid organ transplantation

Email: fgl1@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-383-5774

Kelly Victoria Liang, MD

Renal-Electrolyte

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Cardiorenal failure, dialysis, and ultrafiltration, Lupus nephritis and glomerular diseases, Nephrolithiasis

Email: liangk@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-647-7157

Rajil Mehta, MD, FASN

Renal-Electrolyte

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Transplant, epidemiology, renal allograft function

Email: mehtar2@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-864-5479

Nicolas Montalbetti, PhD

Renal-Electrolyte

Instructor in Medicine

Email: nim71@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-648-9277

Thomas D. Nolin, PharmD, PhD

Renal-Electrolyte

Associate Professor of Medicine, Secondary Appointment

Academic Interest: clinical pharmacy in nephrology and transplantation

Email: nolin@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-624-4683

Paul M. Palevsky, MD

Renal-Electrolyte

Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Acute Kidney Injury, Critical Care Nephrology, Renal Replacement Therapy

Email: palevsky@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-360-3932

Christopher John Passero, MD

Renal-Electrolyte

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: chronic kidney disease, Proteinuria/Edema, dialysis

Email: passerocj@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-578-9551

Beth Marie Piraino, MD

Renal-Electrolyte

Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: peritoneal dialysis related infections

Email: Piraino@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-648-8972

Amogh Puli, MD

Renal-Electrolyte

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Email: pulia@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-958-3162

Chethan Puttarajappa, MD

Renal-Electrolyte

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: kidney transplantation

Email: puttarajappacm@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-647-5752

Mohan Ramkumar, MD

Renal-Electrolyte

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: kidney transplantation

Email: mohan.ramkumar@va.gov

Phone: 412-360-6181

Evan C. Ray, MD, PhD

Renal-Electrolyte

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: mineral and electrolyte balance, hypertension

Email: rayec@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-802-3043

Helbert Rondon, MD, MS, FACP, FASN, FNKF

Renal-Electrolyte

Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Hyponatremia, Medical Education

Email: rondonberriosh@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-647-8394

David Rothstein, MD

Renal-Electrolyte

Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: immunoregulation and tolerance in allograft and autoimmune models

Email: rothsteindm@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-648-7154

Ramya Sahasranaman, MD

Renal-Electrolyte

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: acute renal failure

Email: sahasranamamr@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-864-1147

Jane Schell, MD

Renal-Electrolyte

Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Palliative Care, Nephrology, Patient-Provider Communication

Email: schelljo@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-692-4834

Nirav Shah, MD

Renal-Electrolyte

Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Medical management of Kidney Transplantation, Chronic Kidney Disease Clinic, Renal Transplantation

Email: nas65@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-802-8652

Akhil Sharma, MD

Renal-Electrolyte

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Email: sharmaa6@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-958-4028

Shaohu Sheng, MD

Renal-Electrolyte

Research Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: structure and function relationship, ion regulation and genetic variants of epithelial sodium channel

Email: shaohu@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-648-9295

Shujie Shi, PhD

Renal-Electrolyte

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Mechanosensitive ion channel

Email: shs117@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-383-9569

Puneet Sood, MD

Renal-Electrolyte

Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: living kidney donation, antibody mediated rejection and waitlist management

Email: soodp2@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-647-5688

Sean D Stocker, PhD

Renal-Electrolyte

Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: hypertension, dietary salt, autonomic, sympathetic, brain, blood pressure

Email: stockers@pitt.edu

Phone: 717-805-5862

Arohan R. Subramanya, MD

Renal-Electrolyte

Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Coordination of renal NaCl reabsorption and K+ secretion

Email: ars129@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-624-3669

Roderick J. Tan, MD, PhD

Renal-Electrolyte

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Physician-scientist studying the molecular pathogenesis of kidney disease

Email: tanrj@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-624-4008

Steven Weisbord, MD, MSc

Renal-Electrolyte

Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Acute Kidney Injury, Contrast-induced acute kidney injury

Email: weisbordsd@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-360-3911

Ora A. Weisz, PhD

Renal-Electrolyte

Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Apical membrane traffic in polarized epithelial cells

Email: weisz@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-383-8891

Christine Wu, MD

Renal-Electrolyte

Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Kidney transplantation, Lupus nephritis

Email: wucm@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-647-7157

Irina V Zabbarova, PhD

Renal-Electrolyte

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine

Academic Interest: Urinary bladder pathology (cystitis, irradiation cystitis, spinal cord injury) and new therapeutic approaches

Email: ivz2@pitt.edu

Phone: 412-383-8771