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Covington Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
Deputy Director, UNC Kidney Center
Chief Medical Director, UNC Dialysis Care
Medical Director, Carolina Dialysis Siler City

Specialty Areas

Chronic Kidney Disease; Cardiovascular Disease, Dialysis, Epidemiology, Anemia Management

Education and Experience

BS Cum Laude: Duke University, 1989; MD: Emory University School of Medicine, 1993; Intern: University of North Carolina, 1993-4;Resident: University of North Carolina, 1994-6; MPH: University of North Carolina, 2000; Nephrology Fellow: University of North Carolina, 1998-2000; Research Assistant Professor: University of North Carolina, 2000-2002; Medical Director: Da Vita Dialysis Clinic – Burlington, 2001-2012; Assistant Professor of Medicine: University of North Carolina, 2002-2009; Associate Professor of Medicine: University of North Carolina, 2009-2018; Professor of Medicine: 2018-present.

Clinical and Research Interests

My clinical practice and research interests have been driven by a goal to improve the care of patients with chronic kidney disease, especially those individuals on dialysis. I have worked with teams to conduct research in dialysis settings to optimize iron therapy, survey pain, and understand the impact of periodontal disease. I also enjoy engaging with medical students, residents, and fellows about nephrology.

Selected Bibliography

  1. Hardy ST, Zeng D, Kshirsagar AV, Viera AJ, Avery CL, Heiss G. Primary prevention of chronic kidney disease through population-based strategies for blood pressure control: the ARIC study. J Clin Hypertens, 20:1018-1026, 2018
  2. Li X, Kshirsagar AV. Rest easy with intravenous iron? High dose IV iron safety. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 13:363-365, 2018
  3. Mu Y, Chin AI, Kshirsagar AV, Zhang Y, Bang H. Regional and temporal variation in comorbidity among US dialysis patients: a longitudinal study of medicare claims data. Inquiry 55:46958018771163doi: 10.1177/0046958018771163, 2018
  4. Dehmer EW, Phadnis MA, Gunderson EP, Lewis CE, Bibbins-Domingo K, Engel SM, Jonsson Funk M, Kramer H, Kshirsagar AV, Heiss G. Association between gestational diabetes and incident maternal ckd: the coronary artery risk development in young adults (CARDIA) study.Am J Kidney Dis 71:112-122, 2018
  5. Brookhart MA, Reams D, Dluzniewski PJ, Kshirsagar A, Walsh L, Bradbury BD. Estimating the effect of preventable treatment discontinuation on health outcomes. Epidemiology 29:134-141, 2018
  6. Song MK, Unruh ML, Platinga LC, Matunga A, Lea J, Jhamb M, Kshirsagar AV, Ward SE. SPIRIT: A phase III pragmatic trial of advance care planning intervention in ESRD. Contemp Clin Trial, 64:188-194, 2018
  7. Kshirsagar AV, Mu Y, Manickam RN, Flythe JE, Bang H. Area level poverty, race/ethnicity, and dialysis star ratings.  PLoS One,12(10):e0186651, 2017
  8. Flythe JE, Hilbert J, Kshirsagar AV, Gilet CA. Psychosocial factors and 30-day hospital readmission among individuals receiving maintenance dialysis: a prospective study. Am J Nephrol 45: 400-408,2017

View list of publications on PubMed.