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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 Pediatrics Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Presbyterian Medical Center of Philadelphia

Dr. Berns is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Jeffrey S. Berns

Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2012 - 2018

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issues, 2002, 2005, and 2010 - 2019

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

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Clinical Specialties


  • Renal Electrolyte and Hypertension

Programs & Centers:

  • General Nephrology Clinic

Board Certification:

  • Internal Medicine, 1984
  • Nephrology, 1986

Clinical Expertise:

  • Alport Syndrome
  • Berger's Disease (IgA Nephropathy)
  • Diabetic Kidney Diseases
  • Dialysis
  • Electrolyte Disorders
  • Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS)
  • Goodpasture Syndrome
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis
  • Henoch–Schönlein purpura
  • HIV-Associated Nephropathy
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hypertension
  • Kidney Cyst (Renal Cyst)
  • Kidney Failure
  • Kidney Polycystic Diseases
  • Lupus Nephritis
  • Metabolic Acidosis
  • Nephritis
  • Nephrotic Syndrome
  • Nephrotoxicity
  • Renal Artery Disease
  • Renal Disease and Pregnancy
  • Renal Osteodystrophy
  • Renovascular Hypertension
  • 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 Amerihealth
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Medicare
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • 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: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Residency: University Hospitals of Cleveland
Fellowship: Yale University School of Medicine


Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), National American Board of Internal Medicine, National American Society of Nephrology, National Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Physician Level Measures Technical Expert Panel (co-chair), 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, JS: 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, Berns JS: Use of antiepileptic drugs in patients with chronic kidney disease and end stage renal disease Seminars in Dialysis 28 (4): 404-412,2015.

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

Berns JS: 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, Wilson FP: 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, Rocco MV: 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, Rosner MH: 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, Feldman HI: 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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