Ramesh Saxena, M.D., Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and a member of its Division of Nephrology. He specializes in the treatment of lupus nephritis, glomerulonephritis, and peritoneal dialysis.

Originally from India, Dr. Saxena earned his medical degree at Maulana Azad Medical College in New Delhi, and his doctoral degree in autoimmune glomerulonephritis at Lund University in Sweden. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine in Canton, and received advanced training through a postdoctoral fellowship at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and a nephrology fellowship at The Ohio State University Hospitals in Columbus, Ohio.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in nephrology, he joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 1999.

Among other roles, Dr. Saxena is Medical Director of UT Southwestern’s Davita Irving Dialysis Center. He serves on the Clinician Educator Compensation Plan Committee and the Clinical Competency Committee for Renal Fellows at UT Southwestern, where he is also a Clinical Documentation Improvement Provider Champion in Nephrology. In addition, since 2009 he has provided patient care at the Denton County India Culture Association’s Annual Free Clinic.

He is a Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology and a member of the International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis and other professional organizations, and he serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Vascular Access.

Dr. Saxena has delivered scores of lectures, published numerous peer-reviewed articles, and contributed chapters to several books, including Andreoli & Carpenter’s Cecil Essentials of Medicine and Silva’s Diagnostic Renal Pathology.

In 2012 and 2015, he received UT Southwestern’s Excellence in Teaching Award in Nephrology.


Medical School
Delhi University/Maulana Azad Medical College (1986)
Aultman Hospital - NEOUCOM (1995), Internal Medicine
Aultman Hospital - NEOUCOM (1997), Internal Medicine
Ohio State University Hospitals (1999), Nephrology

Research Interest

  • Intensive Care Nephrology
  • Lupus Nephritis
  • Peritoneal Dialysis


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Quantitative planar array screen of 1000 proteins uncovers novel urinary protein biomarkers of lupus nephritis.
Vanarsa K, Soomro S, Zhang T, Strachan B, Pedroza C, Nidhi M, Cicalese P, Gidley C, Dasari S, Mohan S, Thai N, Truong VTT, Jordan N, Saxena R, Putterman C, Petri M, Mohan C, Ann. Rheum. Dis. 2020 Jul
Comprehensive aptamer-based screening identifies a spectrum of urinary biomarkers of lupus nephritis across ethnicities.
Stanley S, Vanarsa K, Soliman S, Habazi D, Pedroza C, Gidley G, Zhang T, Mohan S, Der E, Suryawanshi H, Tuschl T, Buyon J, Putterman C, Mok CC, Petri M, Saxena R, Mohan C, Nat Commun 2020 May 11 1 2197

Honors & Awards

  • Excellence in Teaching Award - Nephrology
    UT Southwestern (2022)
  • Best Doctors
    D Magazine (2021)
  • Fellow
    American Society of Nephrology (2015)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award - Nephrology
    UT Southwestern (2012)
  • Anna Greta Crafoord Prize for Best PhD Thesis
    The University of Lund (1991)
  • Swedish Institute Scholarship
    Award by Swedish Government to pursue higher studies in a Swedish University (1987-1990)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Society of Nephrology
  • International Society of Nephrology
  • International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis
  • National Kidney Foundation
  • Texas Medical Association