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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.

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

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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
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • 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 Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • 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
  • Veterans Choice Program

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:

Sarkar Monika, Lai Jennifer C, Sawinski Deirdre, Zeigler Toni E, Cedars Marcelle, Forde Kimberly A: Sex Hormone Levels by Presence and Severity of Cirrhosis in Women With Chronic Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Infection. Journal of viral hepatitis : 2018.

Reese PP, Abt PL, Blumberg EA, Van Deerlin VM, Bloom RD, Potluri VS, Levine M, Porrett P, Sawinski D, Nazarian SM, Naji A, Hasz R, Suplee L, Trofe-Clark J, Sicilia A, McCauley M, Gentile C, Smith J, Niknam BA, Bleicher M, Reddy KR, Goldberg DS.: Twelve-Month Outcomes After Transplant of Hepatitis C-Infected Kidneys Into Uninfected Recipients: A Single-Group Trial. Annals of Internal Medicine : 2018.

Shelton Brittany A, Sawinski Deirdre, Linas Benjamin P, Reese Peter P, Mustian Margaux, Hungerpiller Mitch, Reed Rhiannon D, MacLennan Paul A, Locke Jayme E: Population level outcomes and cost-effectiveness of Hepatitis C treatment pre versus post kidney transplant. American journal of transplantation : official journal of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons : 2018.

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 102 (4): 163-170,2018.

Varga Alexandra N, Johnson David, Sawinski Deirdre L, Lim Mary Ann, Bloom Roy D, Abt Peter L, Goral Simin, Bleicher Melissa, Levine Matthew H, Naji Ali, Nazarian Susanna, Porrett Paige, Trofe-Clark Jennifer: Safety and Feasibility of Outpatient Rabbit Antithymocyte Globulin Induction Therapy Administration in Kidney Transplant Recipients. Pharmacotherapy : 2018.

Aufhauser David D, Peng Allison W, Murken Douglas R, Concors Seth J, Abt Peter L, Sawinski Deirdre, Bloom Roy D, Reese Peter P, Levine Matthew H: Impact of Prolonged Dialysis Prior to Renal Transplantation. Clinical transplantation : e13260,2018.

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 93 (3): 706-715,2018.

Sawinski Deirdre, Lim Mary Ann, Cohen Jordana B, Locke Jayme E, Weiss Brendan, Hogan Jonathan J, Dember Laura M: Patient and Kidney Allograft Survival in Recipients With End-Stage Renal Disease From Amyloidosis. Transplantation 102 (2): 300-309,2018.

Cohen J B, Shults J, Goldberg D S, Abt P L, Sawinski D L, Reese P P: Kidney allograft offers: Predictors of turndown and the impact of late organ acceptance on allograft survival. American journal of transplantation : official journal of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons 18 (2): 391-401,2018.

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.

Academic Contact Info

3400 Spruce St
One Founders Pavilion

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