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Dr. Nasrollah Ghahramani's primary areas of research interest have included patient-centered studies regarding peer mentoring among patients with chronic kidney disease, perceptions of patients and physicians about transplant, and geographic disparities in transplant. Other areas of interest are acute kidney injury, kidney transplantation, use of methods to monitor graft survival and comparison of forms of induction immunosuppression.
In addition to training and certification in internal medicine and nephrology in the ABIM Clinical Investigator Pathway, Dr. Ghahramani completed the NIH-sponsored K-30 MS program in clinical research. His mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K-23) focused on perceptions of patients and nephrologists about choice of transplant as a treatment modality in rural Appalachia. He has also served as a co-investigator on the NIH-sponsored Natural History of AKI Consortium (ASSESS-AKI). Dr. Ghahramani is the principal investigator of a PCORI-funded study, "Improving Patient Quality of Life and Caregiver Burden by a Peer-Led Mentoring Program for Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease and Their Caregivers."
Teaching and educational interests
Dr. Nasrollah Ghahramani is involved in medical student, resident, fellow and faculty education. He mentors students, trainees and junior faculty in their research and career development. He serves on the Department of Medicine Residency Program Curriculum Committee and is chair of the Clinical Competency Committee and chair of the Department of Medicine Educational Council. He is also a member of the Department of Public Health Sciences Master of Science Program Committee.
Dr. Nasrollah Ghahramani's clinical activities are focused on care of patients with kidney disease. His specific area of interest is kidney and pancreas transplantation. He evaluates patients with chronic kidney disease for their transplant candidacy and manages their post-transplant care, including immunosuppression management. He also evaluates potential living kidney donor candidates.
Dr. Ghahramani is the medical director of the kidney transplant program at Penn State. In addition to kidney transplantation, his other major area of clinical interest is acute kidney injury.
Fellow, American Society of Nephrology, 2012
Fellow, American College of Physicians, 2011
Board-certified in Nephrology, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2006 (certified through 2027)
Board-certified in Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2004 (recertified through 2024)
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
Leadership Academy, Penn State Smeal College of Business
… → 2019
Program for Educators in Health Professions, Harvard Macy Institute
… → 2018
Clinical Teaching Framework Program, Stanford University
… → 2016
Professional Development Program, American Society of Nephrology
… → 2009
Junior Faculty Development Program, Penn State College of Medicine
… → 2007
Clinical Research, MS, Penn State College of Medicine
… → 2006
Internal Medicine Residency and Nephrology Fellowship, ABIM Research Pathway Combined Residency and Fellowship, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
… → 2006
Pathology, Residency, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
… → 2001
Nephrology Research, Fellowship, Yale School of Medicine
… → 1994
Internal Medicine, Residency, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences
… → 1988
MD, Iran University of Medical Sciences
… → 1984
Natural Sciences, BA, University of Pennsylvania
… → 1976
Member; member of Live Donor, Kidney Pancreas and Psychosocial and Ethics communities of practice, American Society of Transplantation
Member, Middle East Society for Organ Transplantation
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Impact of perceptions on choice of kidney transplant in rural Appalachia
Ghahramani, N. & Ghahramani, N.
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
9/15/09 → 9/15/14
Project: Research project
Inequity and disparities mar existing global research evidence on Long COVIDTaghrir, M. H., Akbarialiabad, H., Abdollahi, A., Ghahramani, N., Bastani, B., Paydar, S., Razani, B., Mwangi, J., Asadi-Pooya, A. A., Roozbeh, J., Malekmakan, L. & Kumar, M., Mar 2023, In: Global Health Promotion. 30, 1, p. 63-67 5 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Comment/debate › peer-review
Considerations in Controlling for Urine Concentration for Biomarkers of Kidney Disease Progression After Acute Kidney InjuryWen, Y., Thiessen-Philbrook, H., Moledina, D. G., Kaufman, J. S., Reeves, W. B., Ghahramani, N., Ikizler, T. A., Go, A. S., Liu, K. D., Siew, E. D., Himmelfarb, J., Kimmel, P. L., Hsu, C. Y. & Parikh, C. R., Jul 2022, In: Kidney International Reports. 7, 7, p. 1502-1513 12 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen Access3 Citations (SciVal)
Improving Caregiver Burden by a Peer-Led Mentoring Program for Caregivers of Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease: Randomized Controlled TrialGhahramani, N., Chinchilli, V. M., Kraschnewski, J. L., Lengerich, E. J. & Sciamanna, C. N., Jan 2022, In: Journal of Patient Experience. 9
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen Access
Semiparametric marginal methods for clustered data adjusting for informative cluster size with nonignorable zerosShen, B., Chen, C., Chinchilli, V. M., Ghahramani, N., Zhang, L. & Wang, M., Jun 2022, In: Biometrical Journal. 64, 5, p. 898-911 14 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review1 Citation (SciVal)
Zinc and Kidney Disease: A ReviewAbdollahi, A., Ghahramani, A. & Ghahramani, N., Mar 1 2022, In: Iranian journal of kidney diseases. 16, 2, p. 79-87 9 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article › peer-review
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Member
Ghahramani, Nasrollah (Recipient), 2004
Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching
Ghahramani, Nasrollah (Recipient), 2009
Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching
Ghahramani, Nasrollah (Recipient), Boateng, Henry (Recipient) & Flanagan, Michael (Recipient), 2016
Distinguished Educator Award
Ghahramani, Nasrollah (Recipient), Eckert, Kristin (Recipient), Hennrikus, William (Recipient) & Wojnar, Margaret "Peg" (Recipient), 2015
Education Recognition Award
Ghahramani, Nasrollah (Recipient), 2007