Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension (Nephrology)

Ali Marryam at ASN Kidney Week 2018

ASN Kidney Week 2018

Marryam Ali presenting her poster "Evaluating Blood Pressure Control in a VA Renal Clinic: A Performance Improvement (PI) Initiative" at ASN Kidney Week 2018

ASN Kidney Week 2018

Dr. Dan Murphy with his poster "Trends in ACE and ARB Use Among Those with Chronic Kidney Disease in the United States" at ASN Kidney Week 2018.

Dr Daniel Drawz and Dr Dan Murphy

ASN Kidney Week 2018

Dr. Paul Drawz and Dr. Dan Murphy with their poster "Trends in Statin Use Among Those with Chronic Kidney Disease in the United States, 1999-2014" at ASN Kidney Week 2018

Sarah Elfering (left) and Dawn Fuglestad (right) after accepting their awards at the 2018 Fall Faculty Recognition Reception

Fall Faculty Recognition Reception 2018

Sarah Elfering, MD (left) and Dawn Fuglestad, PA-C (right) after accepting their awards at the 2018 Fall Faculty Recognition Reception.

Dr. Peter Igarashi presenting the Oustanding Advanced Practitioner Clinical Excellence Award to Dawn Fuglestad, PA-C (right).

Fall Faculty Recognition Reception 2018

Dr. Peter Igarashi presenting (left) the Oustanding Advanced Practitioner Clinical Excellence Award to Dawn Fuglestad, PA-C (right).


The Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension’s core missions are to provide comprehensive medical care for patients with kidney disease or hypertension, to perform cutting-edge research into the causes and treatment of kidney disease, and to educate physicians in the care of patients with kidney disease.

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Current News & Events

Renal Grand Rounds

February 14, 2019
7:00 - 8:00 AM
Renal Grand Rounds
"Agenda Setting: An Exercise"
Yoav Segal, MD, PhD
Chief, Renal Section
Minneapolis VA Health Care System
717 Delaware, Room 105



U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC) nationally in several specialties and placed it among the top hospitals in the region on its 27th annual "Best Hospitals" list (released August 2016).

Nephrology was one of five specialties designated as high performing, as noted in the table to the right.

Faculty, Staff, and Student Highlights

Congratulations to Dawn Fuglestad, PA-C who has received the Outstanding Advanced Practitioner Award in Patient Care at the Fall Faculty Recognition Reception.
November 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Murphy, a second-year Renal Fellow, for his involvement in the recently released article "RESEARCHERS EXAMINE PRESCRIPTION OPIOID USE IN PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE"  from the American Society of Nephrology. Press Release
October 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Elfering for being awarded the Education Excellence Award at this year's Fall Faculty Recognition Reception.
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October 2018

Drs. Sarah Elfering, Connie Manske, and Samy Riad have made the list of 2018 Minnesota Top Doctors
October 2018

Dr. Paul Drawz has been appointed Associate Chair for Clinical Research

Dr. Samy Riad has made the list of the 2018 Mpls St Paul magazine's list of Top Doctors: Rising Stars

Dr. Paul Drawz has been awarded the Clinical Excellence Award (UMMC) which he was nominated for by his peers.

Dr. Paul Drawz has received his Notice of Grant Award for an R01 effective August 17, 2017. The award is entitled "Blood Pressure and Kidney Function - SPRINT vs Electronic Health Record Data".

Drs. Sarah Elfering, Milind Junghare, Samy Riad, Mark Rosenberg, Richard Spong and Katti Woerner, MD have been honored as a Minnesota Monthly Top Doctor.

Dr. Connie Manske has been honored as a MPLS/ St Paul Magazine Top Doctor of 2017

Mark Paller, MD, has agreed to take on a new position as senior associate vice president for health sciences. 

A recent study by Dr. Paul Drawz is the subject of the HealthTalk feature "Research snapshot: Chronic kidney disease linked to masked hypertension," published February 18, 2016.

The EurekAlert! global news service, operated by American Association for the Advancement of Science, highlighted studies by Dr. Hassan Ibrahim in the November 7 feature "Studies address long-term health of living kidney donors."

The article "For high-risk patients, lower is better on blood pressure" in the November 9 Star Tribune reported on the national SPRINT study and quoted Dr. Paul Drawz, who recruited patients to SPRINT, and is conducting an ancillary study using monitors that test patient blood pressure over the course of 24 hours.

Dr. Paul Drawz was one of eight junior faculty investigators from the Medical School that have been accepted into career development programs from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. As a "K to R01 Transition to Independence" CTSI scholar, he will receive mentorship, training, and funds to help advance his research careers and compete for federal grants.

Dr. Robert Foley who was one of the twelve faculty researchers who joined the Wall of Scholarship in 2015. Faculty listed on the Wall of Scholarship have first or last author credits on a publication that has been cited at least 1,000 times. Dr. Foley is recognized for "Clinical epidemiology of cardiovascular disease in chronic renal disease," published in American Journal of Kidney Disease, 1998.

Dr. Hassan Ibrahim was quoted in the May 9, 2015 HealthTalk news feature, "Twin Cities man undergoes successful and rare third organ transplant at U of M."

Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine named Dr. Connie Manske to their 2015 "Top Doctor" list.

Dr. Scott Reule was the 2014 Minnesota AOA Chapter fellow award-winner for his commitment to professionalism, teaching, leadership, and service.

In the January 2014 edition of Minnesota Monthly magazine, University of Minnesota Physician nephrologists Dr. Hassan Ibrahim, Dr. Connie Manske, and Dr. Marc Weber were named “Best Doctors for Women." Drs. Ibrahim, Manske and Weber were nominated by their peers and recognized for their professional expertise and attention to the specific needs of female patients.