Division of Nephrology

Recent publications

Division of Nephrology is very productive in research publications. The following is a list of some publications in 2018-2019.  Other publications can be found under Faculty profiles.



  • Scialla JJ, Brown L, Gurley S, Corcoran DL, Bain JR, Muehlbauer MJ, O’Neal SK, O’Connell T, Wolf M, Melamed ML, Hostetter TH, Abramowitz MK. Metabolic impact of base-loading in chronic kidney disease. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, 13:1244-1246, 2018 
  • Abramowitz MK. Metabolic Acidosis and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in CKD. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, 13:1451-1452, 2018
  • Chen W, Abramowitz MK. “Advances in management of chronic metabolic acidosis in CKD.” Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension. 2019 Jun 19. doi: 10.1097/MNH. 0000000000000524. 
  • Chen W, Levy DS, Abramowitz MK. “Acid-base Balance in the Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease”. Seminars in Nephrology, 2019 Jul;39(4):406-417.
  • Djamali A, Singh T, Melamed ML, Stein JH, Aziz F, Parajuli S, Mohamed M, Garg N, Mandelbrot D, Wesson DE, Astor BC. Metabolic Acidosis 1 Year Following Kidney Transplantation and Subsequent Cardiovascular Events and Mortality: An Observational Cohort Study. Am J Kidney Dis. 2019 Jan 28.
  • Melamed ML, Horwitz EJ, Dobre MA, Abramowitz MK, Zhang L, Lo Y, Mitch WE, Hostetter TH. The Effects of Sodium Bicarbonate in Chronic Kidney Disease Stages 3 and 4: A Randomized, Placebo-Control, Multi-Center Clinical Trial. American Journal of Kidney Diseases. 2019
  • Abramowitz MK. Defining acid-base status in hemodialysis – is bicarbonate enough? Kidney Medicine, in press

Chronic Kidney Disease Management

  • Pison R, Bauer C, Yee J, Campbell RC. Interdisciplinary Clinic for Chronic Kidney Disease. In: Chronic Renal Disease, HG Kimmel PL and Rosenberg RE. ed., Elsevier, 921-936, 2019. 

Glomerular Disease

  • Der E, Suryawanshi H, Morozov P, Kustagi M, Goilav B, Ranabathou S, Izmirly P, Clancy R, Belmont HM, Koenigsberg M, Mokrzycki M, Rominieki H, Graham JA, Rocca JP, Bornkamp N, Jordan N, Schulte E, Wu M, Pullman J, Slowikowski K, Raychaudhuri S, Guthridge J, James J, Buyon J, Tuschl T, Putterman C; Accelerating Medicines Partnership Rheumatoid Arthritis and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (AMP RA/SLE) Consortium. Tubular cell and keratinocyte single-cell transcriptomics applied to lupus nephritis reveal type I IFN and fibrosis relevant pathways. Nat Immunol. 2019 Jul;20(7):915-927. 

  • Ross MJ. New Insights into APOL1 and Kidney Disease in African Children and Brazilians Living With End-Stage Kidney Disease. Kidney Int Rep. 2019; 4:908-910 PMC6611947. 

  • Der E, Suryawanshi H, Morozov P, Kustagi M, Goilav B, Ranabathou S, Izmirly P, Clancy R, Belmont HM, Koenigsberg M, Mokrzycki M, Rominieki H, Graham JA, Rocca JP, Bornkamp N, Jordan N, Schulte E, Wu M, Pullman J, Slowikowski K, Raychaudhuri S, Guthridge J, James J, Buyon J, Tuschl T, Putterman C; Accelerating Medicines Partnership Rheumatoid Arthritis and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (AMP RA/SLE) Consortium. Tubular cell and keratinocyte single-cell transcriptomics applied to lupus nephritis reveal type I IFN and fibrosis relevant pathways. Nat Immunol. 2019 Jul;20(7):915-927. 

Health Disparity

  • Chen W, Bushinsky DA. “Addressing Racial Disparity in the Progression of CKD: Prescribe More Fruits and Vegetables?” American Journal of Nephrology. 2018 Mar 13;47(3):171-173. doi: 10.1159/000487716. PMID: 29533958. 
  • Golestaneh L, Farzami A, Madu C, Johns T, Melamed ML, Norris KC. The association of neighborhood racial mix and ED visit count in a cohort of patients on hemodialysis. BMC Nephrol 2019 Sept 2; 20(1):343.

HIV and Kidney Disease

  • Ryom L, Dilling Lundgren J, Reiss P, Kirk O, Law M, Ross M, Morlat P, Andreas Fux C, Fontas E, De Wit S, D’Arminio Monforte A, El-Sadr W, Phillips A, Ingrid Hatleberg C, Sabin C, Mocroft A, Data COAEOA-HIVDDSG. Use of Contemporary Protease Inhibitors and Risk of Incident Chronic Kidney Disease in Persons With Human Immunodeficiency Virus: the Data Collection on Adverse Events of Anti-HIV Drugs (D:A:D) Study. J Infect Dis. 2019; 220:1629-1634 6782100.
  • Gao X, Rosales A, Karttunen H, Bommana GM, Tandoh B, Yi Z, Habib Z, Agati V, Zhang W, Ross MJ. The HIV protease inhibitor darunavir prevents kidney injury via HIV-independent mechanisms. Sci Rep. 2019; 9:15857 

ICU and Kidney Disease 

  • Fein D, Mastroianni F, Murphy CG, Aboodi M, Malik R, Emami N, Abramowitz MK, Shiloh A, Eisen L. Impact of a Critical Care Specialist Intervention on First Pass Success for Emergency Airway Management Outside of the ICU. Journal of Intensive Care Medicine, in press 

Kidney and Liver disease

  • Neugarten J, Golestaneh, L: Chronic kidney Diasease and Chronic Liver Disease. In Chronic kidney Disease. Kimmel P and Rosenberg, eds., 2nd ed., Chapter 53, pages 863-882, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2019
Kidney Disease and Women's Health
  • Hugh A, Chen W, Karim M, Sai R. “Chronic Kidney Disease in Pregnancy”. PeriFacts OB/GYN Academy, 2018  
  • Sourial M, Coco M. Bone Health in Women with Chronic Kidney Disease. Chapter in "Obstetric and Gynecologic Nephrology"pp 267-279, 2019; Editors: Sachdeva M and Miller,I. Springer Publisher
Kidney Stones
  • Lee JA, Abramowitz MK, Kipperman N, Drzewiecki BA, Melamed ML, Stern JM. Exploring the Association of Asthma with Urinary Stone Disease: Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2007-2014. European Urology Focus, 2018 Aug 7 epub ahead of print
  • Chen W, Monk RD, Bushinsky DA. Comprehensive Clinical Nephrology. 6th edition. Johnson RJ, Feehally J, Floege J, editors. “Chapter 57. Nephrolithiasis and Nephrocalcinosis”.
  • Lee JA, Johns TS, Melamed ML, Tellechea L, Laudano M, Stern JM, Abraham NE. Associations between Socioeconomic Status and Urge Urinary Incontinence: An Analysis of NHANES 2005-2016. J Urol 2019 Sept 13.
  • Watts KL, Srivastava A, Lin W, Schoenfeld D, Abramowitz M, Stern JM: Baseline chronic kidney disease does not predict long-term renal functional decline after percutaneous nephrolithotomy. Urolithiasis, 47: 449–453, 2019

Medical Education

  • Khan M, Gil N, Lin W, Fiter R, Kenawy D, Burton W, Raff A. The impact of Step 1 scores on medical students’ residency specialty choice. Med Sci Educ. E published ahead of press August 2018. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40670-018-0615-5
  • Brien K (Author), Calvo L (Associate editor), Raff A (Case editor). Aquifer Internal Medicine Case 33: 49-year-old woman with confusion. 2019 https://www.aquifer.org

Muscle function

  • Abramowitz MK, Hall CB, Amodu A, Sharma D, Androga A, Hawkins M. Muscle mass, BMI, and mortality among adults in the United States: A population-based cohort study. PLOS One, 13(4): e0194697, 2018
  • Abramowitz MK, Paredes W, Zhang K, Brightwell CR, Newsom JN, Kwon H, Custodio M, Buttar RS, Farooq H, Zaidi B, Pai R, Pessin JE, Hawkins M, Fry CS. Skeletal muscle fibrosis is associated with decreased muscle inflammation and weakness in patients with chronic kidney disease. American Journal of Physiology - Renal Physiology. 2018 Oct 3, epub ahead of print
  • Tran J, Ayers E, Verghese J, Abramowitz MK. Gait abnormalities and the risk of falls in chronic kidney disease. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, 14(7):983-993, 2019


  • Neugarten J, Friedman B and Golestaneh, L: Nephrotoxicity of Lithium and Drugs of Abuse. Comprehensive Toxicology. C. A. McQueen ed., 3rd edition, Vol. 8. Chapter 14.14, p 304-339,, Elsevier Ltd. 2018 


  • Sochol KM, Johns TS, Buttar RS, Randhawa L, Sanchez E, Gal M, Lestrade K, Merzkani M, Abramowitz MK, Mossavar-Rahmani Y, Melamed ML. The Effects of Dairy Intake on Insulin Resistance: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials. Nutrients 2019; 11(9):2237.

Pediatric Nephrology

  • Selewski DT, Gist KM, Nathan AT, Goldstein SL, Boohaker LJ, Akcan-Arikan A, Bonachea EM, Hanna M, Joseph C, Mahan JD, Mammen C, Nada A, Reidy K, Staples A, Wintermark P, Griffin R, Askenazi DJ, Guillet R; Neonatal Kidney Collaborative. The impact of fluid balance on outcomes in premature neonates: a report from the AWAKEN study group. Pediatr Res. 2019 Sep 19. doi: 10.1038/s41390-019-0579-1. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31537009. 
  • Wang CS, Troost JP, Greenbaum LA, Srivastava T, Reidy K, Gibson K, Trachtman H, Piette JD, Sethna CB, Meyers K, Dell KM, Tran CL, Vento S, Kallem K, Herreshoff E, Hingorani S, Lemley K, Oh G, Brown E, Lin JJ, Kaskel F, Gipson DS. Text Messaging for Disease Monitoring in Childhood Nephrotic Syndrome. Kidney Int Rep. 2019 May 7;4(8):1066-1074. doi: 10.1016/j.ekir.2019.04.026. eCollection 2019 Aug. PubMed PMID: 31440697; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6698307.
  • Vasylyeva TL, Díaz-González de Ferris ME, Hains DS, Ho J, Harshman LA, Reidy KJ, Brady TM, Okamura DM, Samsonov DV, Wenderfer SE, Hartung EA. Developing a Research Mentorship Program: The American Society of Pediatric Nephrology's Experience. Front Pediatr. 2019 Apr 24;7:155. doi: 10.3389/fped.2019.00155. eCollection 2019. PubMed PMID: 31069203; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6491803.
  • Brown DD, Reidy KJ. Approach to the Child with Hematuria. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2019 Feb;66(1):15-30. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2018.08.003. Review. PubMed PMID: 30454740.
  • Velazquez DM, Reidy KJ, Sharma M, Kim M, Vega M, Havranek T. The effect of hemodynamically significant patent ductus arteriosus on acute kidney injury and systemic hypertension in extremely low gestational age newborns. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2019 Oct;32(19):3209-3214. doi: 10.1080/14767058.2018.1460349. Epub 2018 Apr 12. PubMed PMID: 29642731.

Role of Gender in Kidney Disease

  •  Neugarten J, Reckelhoff JF: Gender and Chronic Kidney Disease. In Chronic kidney Disease. Kimmel P and Rosenberg, eds., 2nd ed., Elsevier, Amsterdam, Chapter 7, pages 91-109, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2019 
  • Noel C. Bairey Merz, Laura M. Dember, Julie R. Ingelfinger, Amanda Vinson, Joel Neugarten, Kathryn L. Sandberg, Jennifer C. Sullivan, Christine Maric-Bilkan, Tracy L. Rankin, Paul L. Kimmel, Robert A. Star; Sex and the Kidneys: a Report from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Workshop. Nature Reviews. in press
  • Neugarten J, Golestaneh L. Female sex reduces the risk of hospital-associated acute kidney injury: a meta-analysis. BMC Nephrol. 2018 Nov 8;19(1):314. doi: 10.1186/s12882-018-1122-z.
  • Golestaneh L, Bellin E, Neugarten J, Lo Y.; Avoidable visits to the emergency department(ED) and their association with sex, age and race in a cohort of low socio-economic status patients on hemodialysis in the Bronx. PLOS One. August 24, 2018; https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0202697
  • Neugarten J and Golestaneh L. Influence of Sex on the Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease. Mayo Clin Proc. July 2019;94(7):1339-1356


  • Michelle Lubetzky MD, Nicole Hayde MD, MS, Pilib Ó Broin PhD, Maria Ajaimy MD, Yi Bao, Omar Mohammed, Daniel Schwartz3, James Pullman3, and Enver Akalin MD. Molecular Signatures and Clinical Outcomes of Transplant Glomerulopathy Stratified by Microvascular Inflammation and Donor-Specific Antibody; Clinical Transplantation, Dec 2018 
  • Uffing A, Pérez-Sáez MJ, La Manna G, Comai G, Fischman C, Farouk S, Manfro RC, Bauer AC, Lichtenfels B, Mansur JB, Tedesco-Silva H, Kirsztajn GM, Manonelles A, Bestard O, Riella MC, Hokazono SR, Arias-Cabrales C, David-Neto E, Ventura CG, Akalin E, Mohammed O, Khankin EV, Safa K, Malvezzi P, O'Shaughnessy MM, Cheng XS, Cravedi P, Riella LV. A large, international study on post-transplant glomerular diseases: the TANGO project. BMC Nephrol. 2018 Sep 12;19(1):229. doi:10.1186/s12882-018-1025-z. PubMed PMID: 30208881; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6136179.
  • Pascual J, Berger SP, Witzke O, Tedesco H, Mulgaonkar S, Qazi Y, Chadban S, Oppenheimer F, Sommerer C, Oberbauer R, Watarai Y, Legendre C, Citterio F, Henry M, Srinivas TR, Luo WL, Marti A, Bernhardt P, Vincenti F; TRANSFORM Investigators. Everolimus with Reduced Calcineurin Inhibitor Exposure in Renal Transplantation. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2018 Jul;29(7):1979-1991. doi: 10.1681/ASN.2018010009. Epub 2018 May 11. PubMed PMID: 29752413; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6050928.
  • Lubetzky M, Kamal L, Ajaimy M, Akalin E, Kayler L. Hospital readmissions in diabetic kidney transplant recipients with peripheral vascular disease. Clin Transplant. 2018 Jun;32(6):e13271. doi: 10.1111/ctr.13271. Epub 2018 May 22.PubMed PMID: 29704405.
  • Akalin E. A New Treatment Option for Highly Sensitized Patients Awaiting Kidney Transplantation. Am J Kidney Dis. 2018 Apr;71(4):458-460. doi: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2017.10.024. Epub 2018 Jan 17. PubMed PMID: 29352605.
  • Haas M, Loupy A, Lefaucheur C, Roufosse C, Glotz D, Seron D, Nankivell BJ, Halloran PF, Colvin RB, Akalin E, Alachkar N, Bagnasco S, Bouatou Y, Becker JU, Cornell LD, van Huyen JPD, Gibson IW, Kraus ES, Mannon RB, Naesens M, Nickeleit V, Nickerson P, Segev DL, Singh HK, Stegall M, Randhawa P, Racusen L, Solez K, Mengel M. The Banff 2017 Kidney Meeting Report: Revised diagnostic criteria for chronic active T cell-mediated rejection, antibody-mediated rejection, and prospects for integrative endpoints for next-generation clinical trials. Am J Transplant. 2018 Feb;18(2):293-307. doi: 10.1111/ajt.14625. Epub 2018 Jan 21.PubMed PMID: 29243394; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5817248.
  • Hall IE, Akalin E, Bromberg JS, Doshi MD, Greene T, Harhay MN, Jia Y, Mansour SG, Mohan S, Muthukumar T, Reese PP, Schröppel B, Singh P, Thiessen-Philbrook HR, Weng FL, Parikh CR. Deceased-donor acute kidney injury is not associated with kidney allograft failure. Kidney Int. 2019 Jan;95(1):199-209
  • Torabi J, Graham JA, Choinski K, Suresh S, Chokechanachaisakul A, Ajaimy M, Kamal L, Akalin E, Kinkhabwala M, Greenstein S, Rocca JP. Young donors with severe acute kidney injury offer an opportunity to expand donor pool. Am J Surg. 2019 Apr 12
  • Uffing A, Hidalgo LG, McMullan C, Perry J, Milford EL, Murakami N, Yeung MY, Guleria I, Wood IG, Akalin E, Azzi J, Chandraker AK, Riella LV. Preformed donor-specific antibodies against class II and graft outcomes in deceased-donor kidney transplantation. Transplant Direct. 2019 Apr 15;5(5):e446. 
  • Schröppel B, Akalin E, Baweja M, Bloom RD, Florman S, Goldstein M, Haydel B, Hricik DE, Kulkarni S, Levine M, Mehrotra A, Patel A, Poggio ED, Ratner L, Shapiro R, Heeger PS. Peri-transplant eculizumab does not prevent delayed kidney function in deceased donor kidney transplant recipients: results of two randomized controlled pilot trials. Am J Transplant. 2019 Aug 
  • Koyawala N, Reese PP, Hall IE, Jia Y, Thiessen-Philbrook HR, Mansour SG, Doshi MD, Akalin E, Bromberg JS, Harhay MN, Mohan S, Muthukumar T, Schröppel B, Singh P, Weng FL, Parikh CR. Urine injury biomarkers are not associated with kidney transplant failure. Transplantation. 2019 Sep 13
  • Graham JA, Ajaimy M, Carrero J, Jones T, Torabi J, Alani O, Akalin E, Rocca JP. Hepatitis C Virus Positivity Should Not Be Included in the Kidney Donor Profile Index Calculation When Transplanting HCV-Positive Kidneys Into Noninfected Recipients in the Era of Direct-Acting Antiviral Agents. Prog Transplant. 2019 Dec;29(4):371-372. 

Vascular access

  • Allon M, Brouwer-Maier DJ, Abreo K, Baskin KM, Bregel K, Chand DH, Easom AM, Mermel L, Mokrzycki MH, Patel PR, Roy-Chaudhury P, Shenoy S, Valentini RP, Wasse H; Recommended Clinical Trial End Points for Dialysis Catheters. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2018;13(3): 495-500.
  • Golestaneh L, Mokrzycki MH. Prevention of Hemodialysis Catheters Infections: Ointments, Dressings, Locks and Catheter Hub Devices. Hemodial Int. Nov 2018
  • Vachharajani T , Wong L, Niyyar VD, Abreo KD, Mokrzycki MH, for the Vascular Access Workgroup of the Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety Initiative of the American Society of Nephrology Buttonhole cannulation of arteriovenous fistulas in the United States. Kidney 360. 2020.
  • Fisher M, Golestaneh L, Allon M, Abreo K, Mokrzycki MH. Preventing Central Vein Catheter Associated Bloodstream Infections in Hemodialysis: Review of Current Evidence-Based Strategies and Novel Therapies. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 2020;15:132-151.

Vascular calcification

  • Chen W, Anokhina V, Dieudonne G; Abramowitz MK, Kashyap R, Yan C, Wu TT, Bentley KL, Miller B, Bushinsky DA. “Patients with Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease and Vascular Calcification Have a Large Hydrodynamic Radius of Secondary Calciprotein Particles”. Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation (2018). Doi:10.1093/ndt/gfy117. PMID: 29788425
  • Chen W, Eisenberg R, Mowrey WB, Wylie-Rosett J, Abramowitz MK, Bushinsky DA, Melamed ML. “Association Between Dietary Zinc Intake and Abdominal Aortic Calcification in US Adults.” Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation 2019 Jul 11. pii: gfz134. doi: 10.1093/ndt/gfz134.   
  • Chen W, Fitzpatrick J, Monroy-Trujillo JM, Sozio SM, Jaar BJ, Estrella MM, Wu TT, Melamed ML, Parekh RS, Bushinsky DA. “Diabetes Mellitus Modifies the Associations of Serum Magnesium Concentration with Arterial Calcification and Stiffness in Incident Hemodialysis Patients”. Kidney International Reports, (2019) 4, 806–813. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ekir.2019.03.003. PMID: 31194171. 
  • Riascos-Bernal DF, Becher T, Kramer DJ, Almonte VM, Chi J, Tong T, Oliveira-Paula GH, Koleilat I, Chen W, Cohen P, Sibinga NES. “Three-dimensional Imaging Provides Detailed Atherosclerotic Plaque Morphology 1 and Reveals Angiogenesis after Carotid Artery Ligation.” Circulation Research. 2020 Jan 9. https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/abs/10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.119.315804

Vitamin D

  • Astor BC, Djamali A, Mandelbrot DA, Parajuli S, Melamed ML. The Association of 25-hydroxyvitamin D Levels with Late Cytomegalovirus Infection in Kidney Transplant Recipients: the Wisconsin Allograft Recipient Database (WisARD). Transplantation 2019 Aug;103(8):1683-1688  



  • Afkarian M, Polsky S, Parsa A, Aronson R, Caramori ML, Cherney DZ, Crandall JP, de Boer IH, Elliott TG, Galecki AT, Goldfine AB, Haw JS, Hirsch IB, Karger AB, Lingvay I, Maahs DM, McGill JB, Molitch ME, Perkins BA, Pop-Busui R, Pragnell M, Rosas SE, Rossing P, Senior P, Sigal RJ, Spino C, Tuttle KR, Umpierrez GE, Wallia A, Weinstock RS, Wu C, Mauer M, Doria A; PERL Study Group. PERL in Diabetes Study: A Randomized Double-Blinded Trial of Allopurinol-Rationale, Design, and Baseline Data. Diabetes Care. 2019;42(8):1454-1463 (Matthew Abramowitz is a member of PERL Study Group)
  • Brown P, RELISH Consortium, Zhou Y. Large expert-curated database for benchmarking document similarity in biomedical literature search. Database, in press (Matthew Abramowitz is a member of RELISH Consortium)





Division Chief

Michael RossMichael Ross, MD 
Chief, Division of Nephrology
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Montefiore Medical Center
1300 Morris Park Avenue
Ullmann 615-C
Bronx, New York 10461
Email: michael.ross@einsteinmed.org



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