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Organization profile

Organization profile

Division chief: Nasrollah Ghahramani, MD, MS 

Division overview: The Division of Nephrology at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a leader in providing quality medical care to the central Pennsylvania community and beyond, advancing care through innovative research and training tomorrow’s doctors and scientists.

The division consists of clinical faculty members, basic scientists, advanced practice providers, clinical fellows and administrators. It offers clinical care in the inpatient and outpatient settings to patients with a variety of kidney diseases. In addition to general nephrology clinics, clinical providers see patients in specialized clinics focused on glomerulonephritis, hypertension, metabolic stone diseases, transplantation and early chronic kidney disease. The division provides all types of dialysis in approximately 10 dialysis units in the region.

The division’s education programs include undergraduate summer research programs, pre-clinical and clinical medical student courses, graduate medical training for residents and subspecialty training for nephrology fellows. The Nephrology Fellowship prepares the trainee for clinical or academic adult nephrology. The program also trains clinician-scientists to become competitive clinical researchers. Clinical training covers a full array of experiences in acute and chronic kidney diseases through inpatient consultation service, and outpatient clinics. Fellows gain expertise in hemodialysis, chronic peritoneal dialysis and continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT and CRRT/MARS), as well evaluation and follow-up of kidney transplant recipients and donors.

The division’s faculty members are recognized for their laboratory and clinical research into the causes and treatments of kidney disease, as well as various types of patient-oriented research. Current topics of specific interest include mechanisms underlying renal fibrogenesis; natural history of acute kidney injury; peer-led mentoring program for patients with chronic kidney disease and their caregivers; and geographic disparities in kidney disease management.

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Kidney Transplantation Medicine & Life Sciences
Kidney Medicine & Life Sciences
Transplants Medicine & Life Sciences
Iran Medicine & Life Sciences
Chronic Kidney Failure Medicine & Life Sciences
Acute Kidney Injury Medicine & Life Sciences
Retrospective Studies Medicine & Life Sciences
Tissue and Organ Procurement Medicine & Life Sciences

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Nasrollah Ghahramani, MD, MS

Person: Academic

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Research Output 1989 2020

  • 1316 Citations
  • 15 h-Index
  • 54 Article
  • 3 Review article
  • 2 Comment/debate
  • 2 Letter

Changes in snail and SRF expression in the kidneys of diabetic rats during ageing

Kostic, S., Williams, B., Ksouri, S., Hardung, L., Filipovic, N., Hamzic, L. F., Puljak, L., Ghahramani, N. & Vukojevic, K., Jan 2020, In : Acta Histochemica. 122, 1, 151460.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Serum Response Factor
Control Groups
Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition

A case of severe metabolic acidosis during pregnancy

Alkhasoneh, M., Jacobs, J. & Kaur, G., Mar 2019, In : Clinical Case Reports. 7, 3, p. 550-552 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Renal Tubular Acidosis
Acid-Base Equilibrium
Pregnancy Complications

Native kidney BK nephropathy: A case report

Al Zein, S., Price, H., Chen, G. & Kaur, G., Feb 2019, In : Clinical Case Reports. 7, 2, p. 353-356 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

BK Virus
Bone Marrow

A system dynamics approach to planning and evaluating interventions for chronic disease management

Kang, H., Nembhard, H. B., Ghahramani, N. & Curry, W., Jul 3 2018, In : Journal of the Operational Research Society. 69, 7, p. 987-1005 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Dynamical systems
Systems science
Disease management

Atypical Presentation of Pregnancy-Related Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome

Baghli, S., Abendroth, C., Farooq, U. & Schaub, J. A., Sep 2018, In : American Journal of Kidney Diseases. 72, 3, p. 451-456 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Thrombotic Microangiopathies
Hemolytic-Uremic Syndrome

Membranous or membranous-like GN: A case report of massive proteinuria, positive serum with negative PLA2R on biopsy

Kaur, G. & Chen, G., Nov 2018, In : Clinical Case Reports. 6, 11, p. 2198-2201 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Membranous Glomerulonephritis
Frozen Sections
1 Citation (Scopus)

A case of hypothermia on CRRT

Kaur, G., Banoth, P., Yerram, P. & Misra, M., Oct 1 2017, In : Hemodialysis International. 21, p. S57-S61

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Renal Replacement Therapy
Positive-Pressure Respiration
Acute Lung Injury
Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome
Open Access
Acute Kidney Injury
Renal Replacement Therapy
Chronic Renal Insufficiency

Defining the Cause of Post-Operative Hyponatremia in the Orthopedic Patient

Hennrikus, E., Georgeson, A., Leymeister, K., Mucha, S., McGillen, B. & Miller, R., Oct 21 2016, In : International Journal of Clinical Medicine. 7, 10, p. 668-674

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Inappropriate ADH Syndrome
Length of Stay
2 Citations (Scopus)

Nephrologists' likelihood of referring patients for kidney transplant based on hypothetical patient scenarios

Tandon, A., Wang, M., Roe, K. C., Patel, S. & Ghahramani, N., Jan 1 2016, In : Clinical Kidney Journal. 9, 4, p. 611-615 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Referral and Consultation
Geographic Locations