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Samir Patel Samir Patel
Associate Professor of Medicine

Office Phone: 202-741-2283
Email: Email
Department: Medicine


  • BA, Northwestern University, 1991
  • MD, State University of New York, Syracuse, 1995


Dr. Patel is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University and is the section chief of nephrology at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He served as the nephrology training program director at the George Washington University for 10 years before moving to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 2016. While at George Washington University he was a chief medical resident in Internal Medicine and elected to the AOA honor society as a faculty member in 2007. He is a remarkable teacher and excellent clinician, who is remembered fondly by patients and trainees. His main areas of interest are in chronic kidney disease in the geriatric nephrology, psychosocial issues related to end-stage renal disease, and medical education. Dr. Patel has extensive experience in various aspects of clinical nephrology having served as medical director of a large hemodialysis unit, codirector of the continuous renal replacement program, director of the therapeutic apheresis service, and director of renal ultrasonography all at the George Washington University Medical Center. In addition, he developed expertise in clinical research through participation in the research committee of the National Kidney Foundation for the National Capital Region, participation in clinical trials that addressed both patients at risk for CKD in the CKD population at George Washington University. He established a clinical research unit for the renal section at the DC VA Medical Center that has successfully completed a multicenter/multi-VA trial testing a antimicrobial agent to prevent dialysis catheter infections in 2018. He is initiating another multicenter trial of palliative care support for late stage and end-stage renal disease starting in 2019.

  • Residency:
    The George Washington University 1998 (Internal Medicine)
  • Fellowship:
    The George Washington University, Washington DC 2001 (Nephrology)

Clinical Service:
Dr. Patel’s clinical activities range from care of hospitalized and critically ill patients with kidney failure, to ambulatory patients with chronic kidney, to patients with end-stage kidney disease treated with dialysis. He serves as medical director of the largest dialysis unit affiliated with GW Renal Division, director of renal sonography, and director of therapeutic plasmapheresis and co-directs the Kidney Stone Clinic with Urology. His clinical interests focus on chronic kidney disease, hypertension, kidney stones and medical education.


  • Resistant Hypertension
  • Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring
  • Kidney Stones
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Renal Ultrasonography
  • Therapeutic Plasmapheresis
  • Continuous renal replacement therapies


Dr. Patel’s research interests include management of hypertension and he has been involved in several clinical trials that utilize telemedicine for improved hypertension control in disadvantaged populations. He also has interest in psychosocial issues including quality of life, sleep disorders and pain perception in patients with end-stage renal disease treated with hemodialysis. He has written on the subject in peer-reviewed journals. He also has a special interest in ethical aspects of renal replacement therapy and authored a book chapters on social, ethical and legal issues in patients treated with dialysis as well as the kidney insufficiency in the elderly. His research has been supported by intramural as well as extramural support.


  • Renal Diseases and Hypertension


View publications by this faculty member.

Gupta J, Dominic EA, Fink JC, Ojo AO, Barrows IR, Reilly MP, Townsend RR, Joffe MM, Rosas SE, Wolman M, Patel SS, Keane MG, Feldman HI, Kusek JW, Raj DS: Association between Inflammation and Cardiac Geometry in Chronic Kidney Disease: Findings from the CRIC Study. PLoS One 10:e0124772, 2015

Gill HS, Roush ED, Dutcher L, Patel S: Direct evidence for calcineurin binding to the exon-7 loop of the sodium-bicarbonate cotransporter NBCn1. Int J Biol Sci 10:771-776, 2014

Patel SS, Holley J. Chronic Kidney Disease in the Elderly. In Chronic Renal Disease. Kimmel PL and Rosenberg M (Eds) 2014

Brasha-Mitchell E, Collins A, Shehu L, Seneff MG, Patel SS, Chawla LS. Safety and dose-finding study of activated protein C (drotrecogin alfa activated) as an anticoagulant in end-stage renal disease patients treated with hemodialysis.Blood Purif. 2014;37(3):243-8. Epub 2014 Jun 26.

Patel SS. Can we Improve Quality of Life in Hemodialysis Patients?: Treating Pain to Improve Quality of Life in End-Stage Renal Disease. Semin Dial. 2013 Feb 22

Patel SS, Jacobus-Kantor L, Marshall L, Ritchie C, Kaplinski M, Khurana PS, Katz RJ. Mobilizing Your Medications: An Automated Medication Reminder Application for Mobile Phones and Hypertension Medication Adherence in a High-Risk Urban Population. Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology Volume 7, Issue 3, May 2013.

Harris TJ, Nazir R, Khetpal P, Peterson RA, Chava P, Patel SS, Kimmel PL. Pain, Sleep and Survival in Hemodialysis Patients. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2012 Feb;27(2):758-65.

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

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