Dr. Van Buren is originally from Houston, Texas.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio.  Dr. Van Buren came to University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center to begin his residency training in Internal Medicine in 2005.  Following his residency, he stayed at UT Southwestern for a combined clinical nephrology fellowship and clinical research where he served as chief fellow for 2 years and received an NIH Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Award.  Dr. Van Buren brings to UT Southwestern a strong clinical background in general nephrology and patient-oriented research.  His clinical interests encompass all aspects of the management of patients with chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease, and he has a specialized interest in managing hypertension and diabetic nephropathy.  He is currently also conducting original clinical research in hypertensive hemodialysis patients through funding from the National Institute of Health.  In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Vicky and their son Andrew. 

Research Interest

  • Diabetic nephropathy
  • Hypertension in chronic kidney disease and end stage renal disease
  • Intradialytic hypertension


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Featured Books Legend Featured Books

Hypertension in Chronic Kidney Disease. In Diseases of the Kidney and Urinary Tract, 9th ed.

Van Buren PN and Toto RD (2012). Lippincott, Wilkins, and Wilson

Honors & Awards

  • NIH Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23)
    Grant (2013)
  • American Heart Association Fellowship to Faculty Transition Award
  • Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care
  • UT Southwestern Clinical and Translational Alliance for Research Clinical Research Scholar
  • UT Southwestern Outstanding Clinical/Research Nephrology Fellow
  • Nephrology Young Investigator Forum 2nd Prize for Clinical Research Presentation (Southern Society of Clinical Investigation Annual Meeting)
  • Selected Participant in National Kidney Foundation Nephrology Young Investigator Forum
  • National Kidney Foundation Research Fellowship Grant Award
  • NIH Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Award

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Heart Association (2012)
  • American Society of Nephrology (2008)
  • National Kidney Foundation (2008)