George Bakris - Professor of Medicine Kovler Diabetes Center

George Bakris, MD

Kovler Diabetes Educator Director, ASH Comprehensive Hypertension Center; Professor of Medicine

Dr. Bakris is a nephrologist and a board-certified hypertension specialist, and specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of the spectrum of disorders affecting blood pressure, particularly in complicated or refractory cases.

As director of the ASH Comprehensive Hypertension Center, Dr. Bakris and his team develop individualized treatment plans for patients who have high blood pressure that is difficult to manage. Dr. Bakris is an expert in the interpretation of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, an established technique recommended by some guidelines that gives physicians a more accurate reading of a patient’s blood pressure over 24 hours. He is also skilled in the treatment of kidney disease, with special expertise in diabetes-related kidney disease.

Research interests:

  • Kidney disease rates in the African-American population
  • Genetic and other markers of kidney disease progression and heightened cardiovascular risk Blood pressure-lowering agents’ ability to improve arterial function

Clinical interests:

  • Refractory/complicated hypertension
  • Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring interpretation
  • Diabetic kidney disease
  • Vascular disease in people with diabetes or kidney disease


  • MD, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Internship and Residency, Mayo Clinic
  • Fellowship, University of Chicago Medical Center
  • Additional Fellowships: American College of Physicians, American Society of Hypertension, American Society of Nephrology, American Heart Association

Honors and awards:

  • Honorary Doctorate Degree-University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Listed in Consumers’ Research Council of America and Castle Connelly – America’s Top Doctors
  • Hellenic Medical Society of New York – Distinguished Physician Award
  • American Diabetes Association (Illinois Affiliate) – Father of the Year Award
  • National Kidney Foundation of South Texas Award – for help organizing and making operational the San Antonio chapter, 1993
  • National Kidney Foundation National Award – Comprehensive Excellence in Medical Education, Boston, 1993
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society

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