Nasrollah Ghahramani, MD, MS

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    1989 …2023

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    Research interests

    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. 

    Clinical interests

    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.

    Professional information

    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):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

    Education/Academic qualification

    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

    External positions

    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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