Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Medicine


The Division of Nephrology has 18 full-time faculty members based at Northwestern University who are actively engaged in research activities spanning over the Chicago and Evanston campuses. In addition, the division has close ties and shared training with the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Nephrology at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Basic and Translational Research

Our newly renovated state of the art research facility boasts research space that comprise activities ranging from bench to bedside. We focus on collaborative research within other divisions and centers at Feinberg.

Center for Translational Metabolism and Health

The Center for Translational Metabolism and Health, housed in the Institute for Public Health and Medicine, unites Feinberg scientists from across multiple disciplines to explore the role of nutrition in health and disease. Directed by division faculty member Tamara Isakova, MD, MMSc the CTMH hypothesizes that that large amounts of phosphate-based additives, consumed through processed foods, contribute to heart failure (HF) and advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD). Learn more about their work via the CTMH website.

Center for Kidney Research and Therapeutics

The Center for Kidney Research and Therapeutics is housed in the Feinberg Cardiovascular Research Institute.  Director Xunrong Luo, MD, PhD's goal is to utilize a partnership between innovative researchers, dedicated physicians and committed patients to develop a pipeline of cutting-edge and personalized therapeutics for kidney diseases, and for comorbidities developed as a consequence of reduced kidney function and/or dialysis treatments.

Clinical Research

Our clinical research programs are active and growing rapidly. We are currently involved in four clinical trials. Our transplant nephrologists (M. Javeed Ansari, MD; John Friedewald, MD; Lorenzo Gallon, MD; Xunrong Luo, MD, PhD) are actively involved in clinical transplantation research, particularly in the area of tolerance, in collaboration with faculty members in the Departments of Surgery and Microbiology-Immunology.