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
Weill Cornell Medical College


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

Blood pressure in chronic kidney disease: conclusions from a Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) Controversies Conference
Conference Participants 2019, Kidney International, vol. 95, no. 5, pp. 1027-1036. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.kint.2018.12.025

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

Measured Glomerular Filtration Rate after Kidney Donation: No Evidence of Accelerated Decay
Berglund, DM, Zhang, L, Matas, AJ & Ibrahim, HN 2018, Transplantation, vol. 102, no. 10, pp. 1756-1761. https://doi.org/10.1097/TP.0000000000002215

Hypertension after kidney donation: Incidence, predictors, and correlates
Sanchez, OA, Ferrara, LK, Rein, S, Berglund, D, Matas, AJ & Ibrahim, HN 2018, American Journal of Transplantation, vol. 18, no. 10, pp. 2534-2543. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajt.14713

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

Causes and timing of end-stage renal disease after living kidney donation
Matas, AJ, Berglund, DM, Vock, DM & Ibrahim, HN 2018, American Journal of Transplantation, vol. 18, no. 5, pp. 1140-1150. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajt.14671

GFR =25 years postdonation in living kidney donors with (vs. without) a first-degree relative with ESRD
Matas, AJ, Vock, DM & Ibrahim, HN 2018, American Journal of Transplantation, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 625-631. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajt.14525

Renal Artery Stenosis: To Stent or Not to Stent
Ibrahim, HN 2018, Methodist DeBakey cardiovascular journal, vol. 14, no. 1. https://doi.org/10.14797/mdcj-14-1-68

The liver recipient with acute renal dysfunction: A single institution evaluation of the simultaneous liver-kidney transplant candidate
Yadav, K, Serrano, OK, Peterson, KJ, Pruett, TL, Kandaswamy, R, Bangdiwala, A, Ibrahim, HN, Israni, A, Lake, J & Chinnakotla, S 2018, Clinical Transplantation, vol. 32, no. 1, e13148. https://doi.org/10.1111/ctr.13148

Financial burden borne by laparoscopic living kidney donors
Wiseman, JF, Jacobs, CL, Larson, DB, Berglund, DM, Garvey, CA, Ibrahim, HN & Matas, AJ 2017, Transplantation, vol. 101, no. 9, pp. 2253-2257. https://doi.org/10.1097/TP.0000000000001568

Renal Consequences of Diabetes After Kidney Donation
Ibrahim, HN, Berglund, DM, Jackson, S, Vock, DM, Foley, RN & Matas, AJ 2017, American Journal of Transplantation, vol. 17, no. 12, pp. 3141-3148. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajt.14416

Rapid Discontinuation of Prednisone in Kidney Transplant Recipients: 15-Year Outcomes from the University of Minnesota
Serrano, OK, Kandaswamy, R, Gillingham, K, Chinnakotla, S, Dunn, TB, Finger, E, Payne, W, Ibrahim, HN, Kukla, A, Spong, R, Issa, N, Pruett, TL & Matas, A 2017, Transplantation, vol. 101, no. 10, pp. 2590-2598. https://doi.org/10.1097/TP.0000000000001756

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

A case-based analysis of whether living related donors listed for transplant share ESRD causes with their recipients
Matas, AJ, Hays, RE & Ibrahim, HN 2017, Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 663-668. https://doi.org/10.2215/CJN.11421116

Epidemiology of Chronic Low Back Pain in US Adults: Data From the 2009–2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
Shmagel, A, Foley, R & Ibrahim, HN 2016, Arthritis Care and Research, vol. 68, no. 11, pp. 1688-1694. https://doi.org/10.1002/acr.22890

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

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