Faculty Profile

George Bakris
Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Professor of Medicine
Referring Physician Access Line: 1-877-DOM-2730
Director, ASH Comprehensive Hypertension Center

Academic Interests

Dr. Bakris' academic interests are focused on understanding the factors that influence kidney disease progression. A specific focus is ethnic disparities in kidney disease development and progression. His specific area of interest involves the interaction of hypertension in the presence and absence of diabetes on development of kidney disease. Dr. Bakris has been involved in a number of national and international trials that investigate declines in the rate of kidney function. He was one of the Principal Investigators of the NIH funded African American Study of Kidney Disease (AASK) trial completed in 2008. Additionally, he was Co-Principal Investigator of one the research groups funded through a SCOR mechanism to identify specific genes that may account for such disparities. More recently, he served on the executive committee of the ACCOMPLISH trial which resulted in a paradigm shift of blood pressure treatment guidelines. Additionally, he was the Co-Principal Investigator of the Simplicity HTN-3 trial that focused on a new technique for controlling refractory hypertension by denervating arteries that feed the kidneys. Currently, he is the Principal Investigator of the FIDELIO trial evaluating a novel agent to slow diabetic nephropathy and on the Steering committee of two other trials in diabetic nephropathy. He is also the Chair of the American Diabetes Association Blood Pressure Consensus Report and serves on several guideline committees including the AHA/ACC updated resistant hypertension guidelines in progress

Clinical Interests

Teaching clinical research methodology, Treating Patients with challenging hypertension


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  • BA, 1974, The University of Chicago, Biology and Psychology
  • MA, 1975, The University of Chicago, Human Development
  • MD, 1981, University Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School, Medicine
  • Residency, 1982, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Internal Medicine
  • Residency, 1983, Washington University School of Medicine, Psychiatry
  • Fellowship, 1984, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Physiology and Hypertension
  • Residency, 1986, University of Illinois at Chicago, Internal Medicine
  • Fellowship, 1987, The University of Chicago, Clinical Pharmacology
  • Fellowship, 1988, The University of Chicago, Nephrology