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Susan Hedayati, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and a member of its Division of Nephrology. She specializes in chronic kidney disease, diabetic nephropathy, and resistant hypertension.

Originally from Washington, D.C., Dr. Hedayati holds a bachelor's degree in molecular and cell biology from the University of Maryland in College Park, where she graduated summa cum laude. She earned her medical degree with honors from George Washington University School of Medicine. She then completed both her internal medicine training and nephrology fellowship training at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. She also holds a master’s degree in clinical health sciences and biostatistics from Duke.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in nephrology, she joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2004.

At UT Southwestern, Dr. Hedayati serves as the Associate Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Internal Medicine, Director of Nephrology Clinical and Population Health Research, and Co-Director of the O’Brien Kidney Clinical and Translational Core.

On a national level, Dr. Hedayati serves on the American College of Physicians’ Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP) Nephrology Planning Committee and Faculty. She is also a Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology and is active as teaching faculty for its annual Nephrology Board Review Course.

As the recipient of NIH R01 grants and the PI of an NHLBI R38 residency training grant, UT-StAAR, Dr. Hedayati focuses her research on cardiovascular biomarkers and outcomes in patients with chronic kidney disease, as well as acute kidney injury in the settings of cardiorenal syndrome and COVID-19.

She has delivered numerous lectures globally, published widely in peer-reviewed journals, and coauthored chapters of textbooks including Chronic Renal Disease and Management of Chronic Kidney Disease.

She served for a number of years as the Training Program Director of the Nephrology Fellowship at UT Southwestern, during which time she restructured the program to incorporate protected research time for clinical track fellows; reorganized the didactic lecture series to integrate evidence-based teaching and an interactive audience-response system; and incorporated simulation teaching for nephrology procedures.

Having mentored more than 20 postdoctoral research trainees, she received the Leaders in Clinical Excellence Mentoring Award in 2020.

Dr. Hedayati has been active as an educator at the national level, including servomg as faculty for the ACP MKSAP Board Review Course and the American Society of Nephrology In-Service Board Examination.

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Medical School
George Washington University School of Medicine (1998)
Duke University Medical Center (2001), Internal Medicine
Duke University Medical Center (2004), Nephrology

Research Interest

  • Acute Kidney Injury and Cardiorenal Syndrome
  • Acute Kidney Injury in COVID-19
  • Cardiac Biomarkers and Anti-platelet Agents in Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Inflammation and Depression in Chronic Kidney Disease


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Honors & Awards

  • Shaul G. Massry Distinguished Lecture
    National Kidney Foundation (2022)
  • Leaders in Clinical Excellence Mentoring Award
    UT Southwestern Medical Center (2020)
  • National nominee for Councilor-at-Large
    American Society of Nephrology (2019)
  • Executive Leadership Program
    Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (2018)
  • Nephrology In-Service Board Examination Committee
    American Society of Nephrology (2017)
  • Yin Quan-Yuen Distinguished Professorship in Nephrology
    UT Southwestern Medical Center (2017)
  • ACP MKSAP Nephrology Faculty
    American College of Physicians (2016)
  • Program Committee Service Award
    American Society of Nephrology (2015)
  • Fellow
    American Society of Nephrology (2013)
  • National Executive Committee
    American Society of Nephrology Program Directors (2013)
  • NIDDK Special Emphasis Panel
    USRDS Special Study Centers (2013)
  • Hypertension Advisory Group
    American Society of Nephrology (2012)
  • Duke Clinical Research Institute Research Fellow's Award
    Duke University (2004)
  • First Place Award for Clinical Research
    Southern Society for Clinical Investigation, Nephrology Young Investigators Forum (2004)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Medical Association
  • American Society of Nephrology
  • National Kidney Foundation