Biography: Raymond R. Townsend, MD

Raymond R. Townsend, MD
  • Director, Hypertension Program, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia, PA

Raymond R. Townsend, MD, is a Professor of Medicine and an Associate Director of the Clinical and Translational Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently a Principal Investigator on a 7-center U01 grant (DK-060984) studying factors in the progression of chronic kidney disease and the development and progression of cardiovascular disease in patients with CKD. His formal certifications are in internal medicine (ABIM), nephrology (ABIM), clinical pharmacology (ASCP) and hypertension (ASH). He is a fellow in the American Heart Association and the Council for High Blood Pressure Research. Research interests include role of vascular dynamics in CKD progression and the incidence/development of CVD in CKD. He was an empaneled member of JNC 8, and the co-chair of the 8th AHA Hypertension Summer School and an Investigator in SPRINT. He was also the AHA Physician of the Year awardee for 2016.

His ABPM experience began in Pittsburgh in 1986 using the Spacelabs Analysis Station. In the intervening years he has done industry-sponsored and NIH-sponsored ABPM-based research. He has consulted with several pharmaceutical manufacturs regarding ABPM data in the fields of Cardiology, Endocrinology and Nephrology. His most recent ABPM publications are in the CRIC (NIDDK) and SPRINT (NHLBI and others) studies.

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