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Deirdre L. Sawinski, MD

Deirdre L. Sawinski, MD Physician

Assistant Medical Director, Kidney Pancreas Transplantation Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Languages spoken:

  • French
  • Spanish

Dr. Sawinski is employed by Penn Medicine.

In New Jersey, providers are affiliated with Penn Medicine through Clinical Health Care Associates of New Jersey.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Renal Electrolyte and Hypertension

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Nephrology, 2008

Clinical Expertise:

  • AIDS-related Kidney Complications
  • Anti-Rejection Therapy
  • Chronic Kidney Diseases (CKD)
  • Diabetic Kidney Diseases
  • Kidney Biopsy
  • Kidney Transplant Evaluation
  • Kidney Transplant Follow-Up
  • Kidney Transplantation
  • Nephrology Consultation
  • Pancreas Transplantation
  • Transplant Medicine

Description of Clinical Expertise

Dr. Sawinski's clinical expertise is in the area of renal transplantation, with specific focus on transplant in HCV+ or HIV+ recipients. Her practice includes other solid organ transplant recipients (heart, liver, and lung) with renal disease.

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

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

Education and Training

Medical School: Columbia University
Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center
Fellowship: Mount Sinai Medical Center


American Society of Nephrology (ASN), National American Society of Transplantation (AST), National The Transplantation Society, International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Sawinski 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:

Dr. Sawinski's research interests include the effects of immunomodulatory viruses such as HCV, HIV,and BK on renal transplantation and the development of renal disease in other solid organ transplant recipients.

Selected Publications:

McCauley Maureen, Mussell Adam, Goldberg David, Sawinski Deirdre, Molina Rodolfo N, Tomlin Ricarda, Doshi Sahil D, Abt Peter, Bloom Roy, Blumberg Emily, Kulkarni Sanjay, Esnaola Gabriela, Shults Justine, Thiessen Carrie, Reese Peter P: Race, Risk, and Willingness of End-stage Renal Disease Patients Without Hepatitis C (HCV) to Accept an HCV-infected Kidney Transplant. Transplantation : 2018.

Shelton Brittany A, Sawinski Deirdre, Ray Christopher, Reed Rhiannon D, MacLennan Paul A, Blackburn Justin, Young Carlton J, Gray Stephen, Yanik Megan, Massie Allan, Segev Dorry L, Locke Jayme E: Decreasing deceased donor transplant rates among children (≤6 years) under the new kidney allocation system. American journal of transplantation : official journal of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons : 2018.

Cohen J B, Owei L, Sawinski D L, Porrett P M: Inferior long-term allograft and patient outcomes among recipients of offspring living donor kidneys. American journal of transplantation : official journal of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons : 2017.

Shelton Brittany A, Sawinski Deirdre, Mehta Shikha, Reed Rhiannon D, MacLennan Paul A, Locke Jayme E: Kidney transplantation and waitlist mortality rates among candidates registered as willing to accept a hepatitis C infected kidney. Transplant infectious disease : an official journal of the Transplantation Society : 2017.

Sawinski D, Shelton B A, Mehta S, Reed R D, MacLennan P A, Gustafson S, Segev D L, Locke J E: Impact of Protease Inhibitor-Based Anti-Retroviral Therapy on Outcomes for HIV+ Kidney Transplant Recipients American journal of transplantation : official journal of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons 17 (12): 3114-3122,2017.

Bromberger Bianca, Spragan Danielle, Hashmi Sohaib, Morrison Alexander, Thomasson Arwin, Nazarian Susanna, Sawinski Deirdre, Porrett Paige: Pregnancy-Induced Sensitization Promotes Sex Disparity in Living Donor Kidney Transplantation. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology : JASN 28 (10): 3025-3033,2017.

Sawinski D; Forde KA, Locke JE; Cohen JB, Weldon J; Shults J; Reese PP: The effects of race and Hepatitis C co-infection on the survival of HIV+ individuals on dialysis in contemporary practice Kidney International : 2017.

Cohen Jordana B, Eddinger Kevin C, Forde Kimberly A, Abt Peter L, Sawinski Deirdre: Belatacept Compared With Tacrolimus for Kidney Transplantation: A Propensity Score Matched Cohort Study. Transplantation 101 (10): 2582-2589,2017.

Sawinski Deirdre, Forde Kimberly A, Locke Jayme E, Cohen Jordana B, Weldon Joe, Shults Justine, Reese Peter P: Race but not Hepatitis C co-infection affects survival of HIVindividuals on dialysis in contemporary practice. Kidney international : 2017.

Sawinski D, Lim M, Cohen JC, Locke JE, Weiss B, Hogan JJ, Dember LM: Patient and Kidney Allograft Survival in Recipients with End Stage Renal Disease from Amyloidosis Transplantation : 2017.

Academic Contact Info

3400 Spruce St
One Founders Pavilion

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