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George L. Bakris, MD

Chicago, Illinois

George L. Bakris, MD



Dr. Bakris is professor of medicine and director of the Comprehensive Hypertension Center within the Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the University of Chicago Medicine. His clinical pursuits involve the the treatment of diabetes-related kidney disease, and the diagnosis and reduction of high blood pressure using Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring. Dr. Bakris’ research is focused on understating the factors that influence kidney disease progression – especially on racial disparities – and the interactions between hypertension, diabetes and kidney disease. He has published more than 700 articles and book chapters in the areas of kidney disease, hypertension, and progression of nephropathy, and edited more than 19 textbooks dealing with kidney disease, diabetes and the role of hypertension in these conditions.

Education and Training

  • Nephrology Fellowship, University of Chicago, 1988
  • Clinical Pharmacology Fellowship, University of Chicago, 1987
  • Internal Medicine Residency, University of Illinois Chicago, 1986
  • Physiology and Hypertension Fellowship, Mayo Clinic School of Graduation Medical Education, 1984
  • Psychiatry Residency, Washington University School of Medicine, 1983
  • Internal Medicine Residency, Mayo Clinic School of Graduation Medical Education, 1982
  • Medical Degree, Chicago Medical School, 1981
  • Master of Arts - Human Development, University of Chicago, 1975
  • Bachelor of Science - Biology and Psychology, University of Chicago, 1974

Professional Highlights

  • Special Government Expert, Cardio-Renal Advisory Board, Food and Drug Administration, 2003-present
  • Irvine Page and Alva Bradley Lifetime Achievement Award, American Heart Association's Council on Hypertension, 2019
  • President, American Society of Hypertension, 2010-2012
  • Preventive Medicine, Rush University Medical Center, 1993-2006
  • Diabetes Guideline Committee, National Kidney Foundation, 2003-2005
  • Member, Clinical Practice Guideline Committee, American Diabetes Association, 2003-2004
  • Member, Blood Pressure Guideline committee, National Kidney Foundation, 2002-2004
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Clinical Research Training Grant K30, National Institutes of Health, 1999-2004
  • Member, JNC 7 executive and writing committee, 2003
  • Director and Vice Chairman, Department of
  • President, American College of Clinical Pharmacology, 2000-2002
  • Chair, Inaugural Consensus Report, "Blood Pressure and Impact on Renal Disease Progression," National Kidney Foundation, 2000
  • NIH National High Blood Pressure Education Program Working Group on Hypertension and Renal Disease, 1994
  • Director of Renal Research, Ochsner Clinic and Tulane University School of Medicine, 1988-1991


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