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George L. Bakris, MD
George L. Bakris, MD

    Dr. George Bakris is professor of medicine and director of the Hypertensive Diseases Unit in the department of medicine at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine.

    He received his medical degree from the Chicago Medical School and completed residency in internal medicine at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine where he also completed a research fellowship in physiology and biophysics. He then completed fellowships in nephrology and clinical Ppharmacology at the University of Chicago. From 1988 to 1991, he served as director of renal research at the Ochsner Clinic and on the faculty in the departments of medicine and physiology at the Tulane University School of Medicine. He was professor and vice chairman of preventive medicine and director of the Rush University Hypertension Center in Chicago from 1993 until 2006.

    Dr. Bakris has published over 500 articles and book chapters in the areas of diabetic kidney disease, hypertension and progression of nephropathy. He is editor or co-editor of eight books in the areas of kidney disease progression and diabetes. These include The Kidney and Hypertension, Hypertension: A Clinician's Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment and Hypertension: Principles and Practice, Handbook of Hypertension, The Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease, Therapeutic Strategies in Hypertension, Microalbuminuria and Cardiovascular Risk and Lower Extremity Arterial Disease. Additionally, he is the associate editor of the International Textbook of Cardiology. He has also served as the co-principal investigator of an NIH Clinical Research training grant (K30) to train clinical researchers (1999-2004). He chaired the National Kidney Foundation Consensus report on blood pressure and impact on renal disease progression (2000). He has also served on many national committees, including: the Joint National Committee Writing Groups VI & 7 writing committees (1997, 2003) and the JNC 7 executive committee (2003), the American Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Guideline Committee (2002-2004), the National Kidney Foundation (K-DOQI) Blood Pressure Guideline committee (2002-2004), the National Kidney Foundation (K-DOQI) Diabetes Guideline committee (2003- 2005), and the NIH National High Blood Pressure Education Program Working Group on Hypertension and Renal Disease (1994). He also served as an expert-consultant to the Cardio-renal Advisory Board of the FDA (1993-2003). Dr. Bakris is also the past- president of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology (2000-2002) and the President of the American Society of Hypertension (ASH). He is the current Editor of Am Journal of Nephrology and Journal of Human Hypertension, and the Hypertension Section Editor of Up-to-Date. He serves on more that 14 editorial boards, including Kidney International, Nephrology, Dialysis & Transplant, Diabetes Care, Hypertension, J Hypertension and J American Soc. Hypertension.



    Dr. Bakris has received consulting fees from Abbott Laboratories, CVRx Inc., Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, and Takeda Pharmaceuticals, and research grants from CVRx Inc.

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