Christopher Lu, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center and part of the Graduate Program in Immunology at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Lu is a member of the Division of Nephrology.

Originally from Washington, D.C., Dr. Lu holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania. He earned his medical degree at Harvard Medical School in Boston. He completed internal medicine residency training at Bronx Municipal Hospital Center in the Bronx, New York, where he was Chief Medical Resident. He then completed research fellowships in pathology and immunology, nephrology and transplant nephrology, and general medicine at Harvard Medical School.

A Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine in Nephrology, Dr. Lu joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 1989. He was promoted to Professor in 1995.

At UT Southwestern, Dr. Lu is part of the Transplant Quality Improvement Committee.

Dr. Lu is a member of the American Society of Nephrology, the American Society of Transplantation, and the American Society for Clinical Investigation.


Medical School
Harvard Medical School (1974)
Bronx Municipal Hospital Center (1975), Internal Medicine
Bronx Municipal Hospital Center (1977), Internal Medicine
Harvard Medical School (1980), Pathology
Harvard Medical School (1981), Nephrology

Research Interest

  • acute kidney injury (acute renal failure)
  • transplant rejection


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Acute kidney injury: the beginning of the end of the dark ages.
Winterberg PD, Lu CY Am. J. Med. Sci. 2012 Oct 344 4 318-25
Acute kidney injury: a conspiracy of Toll-like receptor 4 on endothelia, leukocytes, and tubules.
Lu CY, Winterberg PD, Chen J, Hartono JR Pediatr. Nephrol. 2012 Oct 27 10 1847-54


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Honors & Awards

  • Invited lecturer
    Symposium on Endothelium in Acute Kidney Injury, Annual Meeting of the American Society of Nephrology (2011)
  • invited lecturer
    US Food and Drug Agency (FDA) symposium on therapy of acute kidney injury (2011)
  • Fellow
    American Society of Nephrology (2010)
  • Permanent Member
    NIH Pathobiol Kidney Dis Initial Rev Grp 2006-2010 (2010)
  • President
    Texas Transplantation Society (2008)
  • Chairman
    Kidney/ Pancreas Committee, Am Soc Transplant Phys (1996)
  • NIH Research Career Devel Award
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Fellow, American Society of Nephrology

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Association of Immunologists
  • American Society of Nephrology
  • American Society of Transplantation