Faculty Profile

Nicole Stankus
Section of Nephrology
Associate Professor of Medicine
Referring Physician Access Line: 1-877-DOM-2730
Associate Director,Nephrology Fellowship Program; Medical Director, Stony Island Dialysis facility

Academic Interests

Dr. Stankus is involved in human subject research specifically working on national and international multi-site randomized clinical trials in patients with chronic kidney disease and end stage renal disease. Dr. Stankus has been involved in studies of management of secondary hyperparathyroidism, vascular access complications, factors that improve vascular access outcomes; novel therapeutics for treatment of anemia in chronic kidney disease, and investigation of novel calcimimetic therapies. Dr. Stankus has fostered a special interest in geriatric nephrology with a focus on conservative and palliative care for elderly patients with end stage renal disease. She is a clinician –educator and leads the renal pathophysiology course for the second year medical students at Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Stankus is interested in developing physician leadership as one of the tools to improve outcomes in dialysis patients in collaboration with industry leadership and in promoting changes in current nephrology practice channeled towards optimized personalized care for patients with kidney disease.

Clinical Interests

Care of patients with end stage kidney disease on hemodialysis; geriatric nephrology and comprehensive conservative care in chronic kidney disease. .


  • Bissonnette ML, Henriksen KJ, Delaney K, Stankus N, Chang A. Medullary Microvascular Thrombosis and Injury in Sickle Hemoglobin C Disease. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2016 May;27(5):1300-4
  • Chen LX, Josephson MA, Hedeker D, Campbell KH, Stankus N, Saunders MR. A Clinical Prediction Score to Guide Referral of Elderly Dialysis Patients for Kidney Transplant Evaluation. Kidney Int Rep. 2017 Jul;2(4):645-653
  • Campbell KH, Sachs GA, Hemmerich JA, Smith SG, Stankus N, Dale W. Physician referral decisions for older chronic kidney disease patients: a pilot study of geriatricians, internists, and nephrologists. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2010 Feb;58(2):392-5.
  • Campbell KH, Smith SG, Hemmerich J, Stankus N, Fox C, Mold JW, O'Hare AM, Chin MH, Dale W. Patient and provider determinants of nephrology referral in older adults with severe chronic kidney disease: a survey of provider decision making. BMC Nephrol. 2011 Sep 26;12:47
  • Kraus MA, Kalra PA, Hunter J, Menoyo J, Stankus N. The prevalence of vascular calcification in patients with end-stage renal disease on hemodialysis: a cross-sectional observational study. Ther Adv Chronic Dis. 2015 May;6(3):84-96
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  • MD, 1989, Vilnius University,
  • Residency, 1994, Lutheran General Hospital, Internal Medicine
  • Fellowship, 1996, University of Illinois at Chicago, Nephrology