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Jeffrey S. Berns, MD

Jeffrey S. Berns, MD Physician

Associate Chief, Renal Electrolyte and Hypertension Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education Director, Renal Fellowship Program Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Presbyterian Medical Center of Philadelphia Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. Berns is employed by Penn Medicine.

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About Dr. Jeffrey S. Berns

Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2012-16

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issue, 2002, 2005, and 2010 - 2017

Clinical Specialties


  • Renal Electrolyte and Hypertension

Programs & Centers:

  • General Nephrology Clinic

Board Certification:

  • Internal Medicine, 1984
  • Nephrology, 1986

Clinical Expertise:

  • Chronic Kidney Diseases (CKD)
  • Electrolyte Disorders
  • Glomerular Diseases
  • Glomerulonephritis (GN)
  • Kidney Biopsy
  • Kidney Disease
  • Kidney Failure
  • Lupus Nephritis
  • Nephrotic Syndrome
  • Pediatric Transition
  • Proteinuria

Description of Clinical Expertise

• Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
• Glomerular Disease
• Glomerulonephritis
• Hypertension
• Electrolyte Disorders
• Proteinuria
• Kidney failure
• Lupus Nephritis
• Nephrotic Syndrome

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 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: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Residency: University Hospitals of Cleveland
Fellowship: Yale University School of Medicine


American Board of Internal Medicine, National American Society of Nephrology, National National Kidney Foundation, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Berns 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.


Selected Publications:

Berns: Clinical decision making in a patient with stage 5 CKD-Is eGFR good enough? Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology 10 : 2065-2072,2015.

Bansal AD, Hill CE: Use of antiepileptic drugs in patients with chronic kidney disease and end stage renal disease Seminars in Dialysis 28 (4): 404-412,2015.

Moving away from hemoglobin-based anemia performance measures in dialysis patients. American Journal of Kidney Diseases 64 : 486-488,2014.

Routine screening for CKD should be done in asymptomatic adults...selectively. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology 9 : 1988-1992,2014.

Lin J, Fernandez HE, Negoianu D, Berns JS, Shashaty MG: Laboratory and biological variation in serum creatinine measurement results in high false positive rate of acute kidney injury American Society of Nephrology Annual Meeting (oral presentation) : 2014.

Kramer H, Berns JS, Choi MJ, Martin K: 25-Hydroxyvitamin D testing and supplementation in CKD: An NKF-KDOQI controversies report American Journal of Kidney Diseases 64 : 499-509,2014.

Berns JS, Ellison DH, Linas SL: Training the next generation's nephrology workforce Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology 5 : 1639-1644,2014.

Wilson FP, Yang W, Machado CA, Mariani LH, Borovskiy Y, Berns JS: Dialysis versus nondialysis in patients with AKI: a propensity-matched cohort study Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology 9 : 673-681,2014.

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Academic Contact Info

Renal-Electrolyte & Hypertension Division
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
1 Founders Pavilion

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

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