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Assistant Professor of Medicine

Areas of Interest

Diagnosis and care of patients with kidney disease; diseases related to metabolism; diabetes; obesity.


Dr. Zeitler has been interested in teaching and human physiology since he was 13 years old, when he volunteered at the Natural History Museum in Denver, Colorado. His passion for learning and teaching about the human body animates his medical career and practice. He enjoys sitting down and getting to know patients to learn about their health problems from their perspective, and then working together to form a plan of care that centers the patient, with their health care providers as advisors, and perhaps more importantly, cheerleaders. He feels lucky to be able to continue to satisfy his curiosity by participating in laboratory-based and clinical research investigating how dietary intake and obesity combine to influence outcomes in patients with kidney disease.

Education and Training

  • Undergraduate Stanford University
  • Medical School University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Residency University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Fellowship University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“The secret is to know that the deck is stacked, that you will lose, that your hands or judgment will slip, and yet still struggle to win for your patients. You can’t ever reach perfection, but you can believe in an asymptote towards which you are ceaselessly striving.” – Paul Kalanithi

  • Division of Nephrology and Hypertension