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C. Michael Chaknos, MD, MSHP

C. Michael Chaknos, MD, MSHP Physician

Director, Renal Quality Improvement Program Medical Director, Penn Medicine Radnor Dialysis Unit Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Chaknos is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Renal Electrolyte and Hypertension

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Internal Medicine, 2009
  • Nephrology, 2011

Clinical Expertise:

  • Alport Syndrome
  • Berger's Disease (IgA Nephropathy)
  • Cardiorenal Syndrome (CRS)
  • Diabetic Kidney Diseases
  • Dialysis
  • Electrolyte Disorders
  • End-Stage Kidney Disease
  • Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS)
  • Goodpasture Syndrome
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis
  • Hemodialysis
  • Henoch–Schönlein purpura
  • HIV-Assoicated Nephropathy
  • Home Dialysis
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hypertension
  • Interstitial Cystitis (IC)
  • Kidney Cyst (Renal Cyst)
  • Kidney Failure
  • Kidney Polycystic Diseases
  • Kidney Stones (Nephrolithiasis)
  • Leg Swelling (Edema)
  • Lupus Nephritis
  • Metabolic Acidosis
  • Nephritis
  • Nephrotic Syndrome
  • Nephrotoxicity
  • Peritoneal Dialysis
  • Renal Disease and Pregnancy
  • Renal Osteodystrophy
  • Renovascular Hypertension
  • Ultrasound Guided Biopsy
  • Uremia
  • Vasculitis
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Care
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: Jefferson Medical College
Residency: Tufts - New England Medical Center
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American Society of Nephrology, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Chaknos is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

I have an interest in collaborative research that involves examining the intersection of health policy and kidney disease. I am actively involved in promoting and conducting quality improvement and patient safety initiatives within our division.

Selected Publications:

Anushya Jeyabalan MD, Shivam Joshi MD, Ankur Shah DO, Blaise Abramovitz DO, Anubhav Kumar MD, Alan Wasserstein MD, Jordana Cohen MD MSCE, C. Michael Chaknos MD MSHP, Dan Negoianu MD: Improving CRRT Lifespan: A QI Initiative Department of Medicine Research Day, Perelman School of Medicine : 2018.

Anushya Jeyabalan MD, Shivam Joshi MD, Ankur Shah DO, Blaise Abramovitz DO, Anubhav Kumar MD, Alan Wasserstein MD, Jordana Cohen MD MSCE, C. Michael Chaknos MD MSHP, Dan Negoianu MD: Improving CRRT Lifespan: A QI Initiative Annual Meeting of the American Society of Nephrology, New Orleans, LA : 2017.

Tiffany Wong, MD, C. Michael Chaknos, MD: Improving the transition of care for dialysis patients between hospital discharge and return to the dialysis unit National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meeting, Orlando, FL : 2017.

Seshasai Rebecca Kurnik, Mitra Nandita, Chaknos C Michael, Li Jiaqi, Wirtalla Christopher, Negoianu Dan, Glickman Joel D, Dember Laura M: Factors Associated With Discontinuation of Home Hemodialysis. American journal of kidney diseases : the official journal of the National Kidney Foundation 67 (4): 629-37,2016.

Knauf F, Chaknos CM, Berns JS, Perazella MA: Dabigatran and kidney disease: a bad combination Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 8 (9): 1591-7,2013.

Chaknos CM, Berns JB: Erythropoesis Stimulating Agents on Trial: Are Higher Dosages Causing Harm? American Journal of Kidney Diseases 61 (1): 6-8,2013.

Chaknos CM, Berns JS: Hypercalcemia CURRENT Essentials of Nephrology and Hypertension : 2012.

Chaknos CM, Berns JS: Initiating dialysis at the right time: Is the evidence IDEAL? Seminars in Dialysis 23 (6): 627-9,2010.

Academic Contact Info

Renal Division
3400 Spruce St
One Founders Pavilion

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)