Faculty Profile

Anna Zisman
Section of Nephrology
Associate Professor of Medicine
Referring Physician Access Line: 1-877-DOM-2730

Academic Interests

Dr. Anna Zisman investigates the racial and genetic differences in the development of nephrolithiasis and chronic kidney disease. Using endogenous lithium clearance techniques, Dr. Zisman evaluates genetic variation in proximal tubule function across race and gender. Her work demonstrates striking racial differences in nephron function that are relevant to the differential occurrence in kidney stone formation and chronic kidney disease by race. Dr. Zisman is a Bucksbaum Institute scholar and in this role she is testing the value of smart technology in fluid adherence in patients with kidney stones and polycystic kidney disease. Dr. Zisman is a dedicated scholar and teacher and is the Program Director of the Nephrology Fellowship Training Program. Dr. Zisman also has a mentoring role in the medical school and the internal medicine residency program

Clinical Interests

Dr. Zisman is a clinical nephrologist with a particular interest in kidney stone management and prevention, overseeing the clinical operations of the largest clinical kidney stone prevention program in the country. Furthermore, she is interested in the management of patients with chronic kidney disease across the spectrum of renal dysfunction. Dr. Zisman attends on the inpatient services including Consult, ESRD and the Nephrology ICU service.


  • Zisman AL, Hristova M, Ho LT, Sprague SM. Impact of ergocalciferol treatment of vitamin D deficiency on serum parathyroid hormone concentrations in chronic kidney disease. Am J Nephrol 2007; 27:36-43.
  • Zisman AL, Wolf M. Recent advances in the rapidly evolving field of fibroblast growth factor 23 in chronic kidney disease. Curr Opin Nephrol Hypertens 2010;19:335-42
  • Zisman AL, Coe FL, Worcester EM. Evaluation and management of nephrolithiasis in the aging population with chronic kidney disease. Aging Health 2011; 7:423-433.
  • Zisman AL, Evan AP, Coe FL, Worcester EM. Do Kidney Stone Formers Have a Kidney Disease? Kidney Int 2015; 88:1240-49.
  • Zisman AL. Effectiveness of treatment modalities on kidney stone recurrence. CJASN 2017; 12:1699-1708
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  • BS, 2001, University of Wisconsin, Medical Science and Hebrew and Semitic Studies
  • MD, 2004, University of Wisconsin, Medicine
  • Residency, 2007, McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Internal Medicine
  • Fellowship, 2010, University of Chicago , Nephrology