Miguel Vazquez, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center and a member of the Division of Nephrology

Originally from Madrid and raised in Puerto Rico, Dr. Vazquez holds a bachelor's degree in science from the University of Puerto Rico in Cayey, where he graduated summa cum laude. He earned his medical degree at the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan. He completed internal medicine residency training and a fellowship in nephrology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. 

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine and in nephrology, Dr. Vazquez joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 1992. He serves as the Clinical Chief of the Nephrology Division at UT Southwestern and the Chief of Nephrology at Parkland Hospital.  

Dr Vazquez's clinical interests include management of chronic kidney disease, end-stage kidney disease and care of kidney transplant recipients.  His current research efforts focus on large pragmatic clinical trials to improve care of patients with chronic kidney disease and to improve blood pressure control to reduce cognitive decline.  He is also an active investigator in the Kidney Precision Medicine Project.    

Dr. Vazquez is a Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He is also a member of the American Society of Transplantation, the National Kidney Foundation, the Texas Medical Association, and the Texas Transplantation Society.


Medical School
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine (1985)
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1986), Medicine
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1988), Medicine
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1992), Nephrology

Research Interest

  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Dialysis Vascular Access
  • Pragmatic Clinical Trials


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Preventing cognitive decline by reducing BP target (PCOT): A randomized, pragmatic, multi-health systems clinical trial.
Giacona JM, Bates BM, Sundaram V, Brinker S, Moss E, Paspula R, Kassa S, Zhang R, Ahn C, Zhang S, Basit M, Burkhalter L, Cullum CM, Carlew A, Kelley BJ, Plassman BL, Vazquez M, Vongpatanasin W, Contemp Clin Trials 2024 Jan 138 107443
Preventing cognitive decline by reducing BP target (PCOT): A randomized, pragmatic, multi-health systems clinical trial
John M. Giacona, Brooke M. Bates, Venkatraghavan Sundaram. Stephanie Brinker, Elizabeth Moss, Raja Paspula, Sentayehu Kassa, Rong Zhang, Chul Ahn, Song Zhang, Mujeeb Basit, Lorrie Bulkhalter, Munro Cullum, Anne Carlew, Brendan J. Kelley, Brenda L. Plassman, Miguel Vazquez, Wanpen Vongpatanasin Contemporary Clinical Trials 2024 138
Cancer Treatment in CKD: Time to Move Beyond Renalism.
Berger JR, Vazquez MA, Kidney360 2023 Sep 4 9 e1193-e1195
Arteriovenous Fistula Maturation, Functional Patency, and Intervention Rates.
Huber TS, Berceli SA, Scali ST, Neal D, Anderson EM, Allon M, Cheung AK, Dember LM, Himmelfarb J, Roy-Chaudhury P, Vazquez MA, Alpers CE, Robbin ML, Imrey PB, Beck GJ, Farber AM, Kaufman JS, Kraiss LW, Vongpatanasin W, Kusek JW, Feldman HI, JAMA Surg 2021 Sep
Accounting for quality improvement during the conduct of embedded pragmatic clinical trials within healthcare systems: NIH Collaboratory case studies.
Tuzzio L, Meyers CM, Dember LM, Grudzen CR, Melnick ER, Staman KL, Huang SS, Richards J, DeBar L, Vazquez MA, Green BB, Coronado GD, Jarvik JG, Braciszewski J, Ho PM, Wells BL, James K, Toto R, D'Onofrio G, Volandes A, Kuklinski MR, Catalano RF, Sterling SA, Morse EF, Curtis L, Larson EB, Healthc (Amst) 2021 Jun 8 Suppl 1 100432
Rationale and design of the Kidney Precision Medicine Project.
de Boer IH, Alpers CE, Azeloglu EU, Balis UGJ, Barasch JM, Barisoni L, Blank KN, Bomback AS, Brown K, Dagher PC, Dighe AL, Eadon MT, El-Achkar TM, Gaut JP, Hacohen N, He Y, Hodgin JB, Jain S, Kellum JA, Kiryluk K, Knight R, Laszik ZG, Lienczewski C, Mariani LH, McClelland RL, Menez S, Moledina DG, Mooney SD, O'Toole JF, Palevsky PM, Parikh CR, Poggio ED, Rosas SE, Rosengart MR, Sarwal MM, Schaub JA, Sedor JR, Sharma K, Steck B, Toto RD, Troyanskaya OG, Tuttle KR, Vazquez MA, Waikar SS, Williams K, Wilson FP, Zhang K, Iyengar R, Kretzler M, Himmelfarb J, Kidney Int 2021 Mar 99 3 498-510
Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Native Kidney Biopsy Complications.
Poggio ED, McClelland RL, Blank KN, Hansen S, Bansal S, Bomback AS, Canetta PA, Khairallah P, Kiryluk K, Lecker SH, McMahon GM, Palevsky PM, Parikh S, Rosas SE, Tuttle K, Vazquez MA, Vijayan A, Rovin BH, Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 2020 Oct
Dialysis for Undocumented Immigrants: Challenges and Solutions.
Berger JR, Quinones H, Vazquez MA, Kidney360 2020 Jun 1 6 549-552
Dialysis for Undocumented Immigrants: Challenges and Solutions
Berger J, Quinones H, and Vazquez MA. Kidney 360 2020 6 1 549-552
Addressing guideline and policy changes during pragmatic clinical trials.
Curtis LH, Dember LM, Vazquez MA, Murray D, DeBar L, Staman KL, Septimus E, Mor V, Volandes A, Wells BL, Huang SS, Green BB, Coronado G, Meyers CM, Tuzzio L, Hernandez AF, Sugarman J, Clin Trials 2019 May 1740774519845682

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow
    American College of Physicians (1999)
  • Outstanding Teaching Award
    Internal Medicine Housestaff (1999)
  • Young Investigator Grant
    National Kidney Foundation (1992)
  • Individual National Research Service Award
    National Institutes of Health (1990)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
    National Medical Honor Society (1983)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American College of Physicians (1988)
  • American Society of Nephrology (1992)
  • American Society of Transplantation (1992)
  • National Kidney Foundation (1992)
  • Texas Medical Association (1992)
  • Texas Transplantation Society (2003)