Hassan N. Ibrahim, MD, MS

Charles and Anne Duncan Centennial Chair in Nephrology, Department of Medicine
Professor of Medicine, Institute for Academic Medicine
Full Clinical Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist


Dr. Hassan N. Ibrahim is currently the chief of nephrology and the director of the living donor kidney transplant program at Houston Methodist. He is a professor of medicine at Houston Methodist Institute for Academic Medicine. Prior to joining Houston Methodist in May 2017, he was a tenured professor at the University of Minnesota, the director of the Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension and the medical director of the kidney transplant program.

After finishing his basic medical training in Detroit, he began his career as a clinical fellow in nephrology at the University Minnesota in 1995, then spent three years in the laboratory studying basic mechanisms of progression of kidney disease. He subsequently obtained a master’s degree in clinical research from the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.

At the University Minnesota, Dr. Ibrahim was heavily involved in education and served as the director of both the general nephrology and transplant nephrology fellowships. He was also principal investigator on an NIH funded training grant in renal investigations for 10 years. He has also been involved in teaching medical students, medical residents, graduate students and junior faculty. Many of his trainees have advanced to leadership positions both in the US and abroad.

His research interests include chronic kidney disease, kidney transplantation and outcomes of kidney donors. Over the years he has received funding for his research from the National Institute of Health, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and other agencies. He has spent the last 15 years studying the outcomes of kidney donation. With his colleagues, they have been able to provide critical information that assists both kidney donors and health professionals in assessing the long-term risks of kidney donation. He is a reviewer for numerous general medical and specialty journals, and has served on many study sections for the National Institutes of Health, the CDC and also the National Kidney Foundation.

Dr. Ibrahim is a frequently invited speaker at both national and international venues.
Since his arrival at Houston Methodist, Dr. Ibrahim has dedicated most of his time to building the academic nephrology division, expanding the live donor program and mentoring general nephrology and transplant fellows.

Description of Research

  • Outcomes of kidney transplant recipients
  • Long term outcomes of kidney donors
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Hypertension


Long-term psychosocial outcomes after nondirected donation: A single-center experience
Jacobs, C, Berglund, DM, Wiseman, JF, Garvey, C, Larson, DB, Voges, M, Radecki Breitkopf, C, Ibrahim, HN & Matas, AJ 2019, American Journal of Transplantation, vol. 19, no. 5, pp. 1498-1506. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajt.15179

Kidney Transplantation in Septuagenarians: 70 Is the New 60!
Hebert, SA & Ibrahim, HN 2019, Kidney International Reports, vol. 4, no. 5, pp. 640-642. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ekir.2019.03.015

Financial burden associated with time to return to work after living kidney donation
Larson, DB, Wiseman, JF, Vock, DM, Berglund, DM, Roman, AM, Ibrahim, HN & Matas, AJ 2019, American Journal of Transplantation, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 204-207. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajt.14949

Weight gain after kidney donation: Association with increased risks of type 2 diabetes and hypertension
Issa, N, Sánchez, OA, Kukla, A, Riad, SM, Berglund, DM, Ibrahim, HN & Matas, AJ 2018, Clinical Transplantation, vol. 32, no. 9, e13360. https://doi.org/10.1111/ctr.13360

Telephone-adapted Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (tMBSR) for patients awaiting kidney transplantation
Gross, CR, Reilly-Spong, M, Park, T, Zhao, R, Gurvich, OV & Ibrahim, HN 2017, Contemporary Clinical Trials, vol. 57, pp. 37-43. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cct.2017.03.014

Long-Term Non–End-Stage Renal Disease Risks After Living Kidney Donation
Matas, AJ, Hays, RE & Ibrahim, HN 2017, American Journal of Transplantation, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 893-900. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajt.14011

Return to normal activities and work after living donor laparoscopic nephrectomy
Larson, DB, Jacobs, C, Berglund, D, Wiseman, J, Garvey, C, Gillingham, K, Ibrahim, HN & Matas, AJ 2017, Clinical Transplantation, vol. 31, no. 1, e12862. https://doi.org/10.1111/ctr.12862

Renal function profile in white kidney donors: The first 4 decades
Ibrahim, HN, Foley, RN, Reule, SA, Spong, R, Kukla, A, Issa, N, Berglund, DM, Sieger, GK & Matas, AJ 2016, Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, vol. 27, no. 9, pp. 2885-2893. https://doi.org/10.1681/ASN.2015091018

Emotional and financial experiences of kidney donors over the past 50 years: The RELIVE study
RELIVE Study Group 2015, Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, vol. 10, no. 12, pp. 2221-2231. https://doi.org/10.2215/CJN.07120714

Daily fluid intake and outcomes in kidney recipients: Post hoc analysis from the randomized ABCAN trial
Weber, M, Berglund, D, Reule, S, Jackson, S, Matas, AJ & Ibrahim, HN 2015, Clinical Transplantation, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 261-267. https://doi.org/10.1111/ctr.12514

Cystatin c enhances glomerular filtration rate estimating equations in kidney transplant recipients
Kukla, A, Issa, N, Jackson, S, Spong, R, Foster, MC, Matas, AJ, Mauer, MS, Eckfeldt, JH & Ibrahim, HN 2014, American Journal of Nephrology, vol. 39, no. 1, pp. 59-65. https://doi.org/10.1159/000357594

Kidney donation and risk of ESRD [2]
Matas, AJ, Wadstrom, J & Ibrahim, HN 2014, JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association, vol. 312, no. 1, pp. 92-93. https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2014.5515

The renin-aldosterone axis in kidney transplant recipients and its association with allograft function and structure
Issa, N, Ortiz, F, Reule, SA, Kukla, A, Kasiske, BL, Mauer, M, Jackson, S, Matas, AJ & Ibrahim, HN 2014, Kidney International, vol. 85, no. 2, pp. 404-415. https://doi.org/10.1038/ki.2013.278

Comparison of cystatin C and creatinine-based equations for GFR estimation after living kidney donation
Issa, N, Kukla, A, Jackson, S, Riad, SM, Foster, MC, Matas, AJ, Eckfeldt, JH & Ibrahim, HN 2014, Transplantation, vol. 98, no. 8, pp. 871-877. https://doi.org/10.1097/TP.0000000000000129

Low birthweight and risk of albuminuria in living kidney donors
Berglund, D, Macdonald, D, Jackson, S, Spong, R, Issa, N, Kukla, A, Reule, S, Weber, M, Matas, AJ & Ibrahim, HN 2014, Clinical Transplantation, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 361-367. https://doi.org/10.1111/ctr.12321

Predictors of graft failure and death in elderly kidney transplant recipients
Faravardeh, A, Eickhoff, M, Jackson, S, Spong, R, KGBRla, A, Issa, N, Matas, AJ & Ibrahim, HN 2013, Transplantation, vol. 96, no. 12, pp. 1089-1096. https://doi.org/10.1097/TP.0b013e3182a688e5

Health-related quality of life in kidney donors from the last five decades: Results from the RELIVE study
Gross, CR, Messersmith, EE, Hong, BA, Jowsey, SG, Jacobs, C, Gillespie, BW, Taler, SJ, Matas, AJ, Leichtman, A, Merion, RM & Ibrahim, HN 2013, American Journal of Transplantation, vol. 13, no. 11, pp. 2924-2934. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajt.12434

A prospective controlled study of kidney donors: Baseline and 6-month follow-up
Kasiske, BL, Anderson-Haag, T, Ibrahim, HN, Pesavento, TE, Weir, MR, Nogueira, JM, Cosio, FG, Kraus, ES, Rabb, HH, Kalil, RS, Posselt, AA, Kimmel, PL & Steffes, MW 2013, American Journal of Kidney Diseases, vol. 62, no. 3, pp. 577-586. https://doi.org/10.1053/j.ajkd.2013.01.027

The unjustified classification of kidney donors as patients with CKD: Critique and recommendations
Matas, AJ & Ibrahim, HN 2013, Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, vol. 8, no. 8, pp. 1406-1413. https://doi.org/10.2215/CJN.02110213

Calcineurin inhibitor nephrotoxicity: A review and perspective of the evidence
Issa, N, Kukla, A & Ibrahim, HN 2013, American Journal of Nephrology, vol. 37, no. 6, pp. 602-612. https://doi.org/10.1159/000351648

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