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Raymond R. Townsend, MD

Raymond R. Townsend, MD Physician

Director, Hypertension Program, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Townsend is employed by Penn Medicine.

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About Dr. Raymond R. Townsend

Recognized annually in Philadelphia  magazine's Top Docs issue from 2004 through 2017

Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14

Clinical Specialties


  • Renal Electrolyte and Hypertension

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Internal Medicine, 1982
  • Nephrology, 1984

Additional Certification:

  • Clinical Pharmacology, 1993
  • Specialist in Hypertension, 1999

Clinical Expertise:

  • Hyperaldosteronism
  • Paragangliomas
  • Pheocromocytoma
  • Renal Artery Disease
  • Resistant Hypertension (RH)

Description of Clinical Expertise

Hypertension with adrenal tumors
Pheochromocytoma and Paraganglioma
Conn's Syndrome
Aldosterone Excess
Hypertension with Renal Vascular Disease
Refractory (drug resistant) Hypertension

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 Medicaid
  • 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: Drexel University Center City Hahnemann Campus
Residency: Allegheny General Hospital
Fellowship: Temple University Hospital


American College of Physicians, National American Federation for Clinical Research (AFCR), National American Heart Association, Local American Society of Nephrology, National International Society of Nephrology, International National High Blood Pressure Council, National Pennsylvania National Honor Society, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Townsend is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

progression of chronic kidney disease
insulin resistance
measurement of vascular compliance
euglycemic clamp technique
minimal model for glucose kinetics
stable isotope metabolism
indirect calorimetry
measurement of regional blood flow
measurement of glomerular filtration
rate (GFR)

Selected Publications:

Townsend Raymond R, Chang Tara I, Cohen Debbie L, Cushman William C, Evans Gregory W, Glasser Stephen P, Haley William E, Olney Christine, Oparil Suzanne, Del Pinto Rita, Pisoni Roberto, Taylor Addison A, Umanath Kausik, Wright Jackson T: Orthostatic changes in systolic blood pressure among SPRINT participants at baseline. Journal of the American Society of Hypertension : JASH 10 (11): 847-856,2016.

Townsend Raymond R, Machin Israel, Ren Jimmy, Trujillo Angelina, Kawaguchi Masato, Vijapurkar Ujjwala, Damaraju Chandrasekharrao V: Reductions in Mean 24-Hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure After 6-Week Treatment With Canagliflozin in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Hypertension. Journal of clinical hypertension (Greenwich, Conn.) 18 (1): 43-52,2016.

Townsend Raymond R, Rosendorff Clive, Nichols Wilmer W, Edwards David G, Chirinos Julio A, Fernhall Bo: American Society of Hypertension position paper: central blood pressure waveforms in health and disease. Journal of the American Society of Hypertension : JASH : 2015.

Zamani Payman, French Benjamin, Brandimarto Jeffrey A, Doulias Paschalis-Thomas, Javaheri Ali, Chirinos Julio A, Margulies Kenneth B, Townsend Raymond R, Sweitzer Nancy K, Fang James C, Ischiropoulos Harry: Effect of Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction on Nitric Oxide Metabolites. The American journal of cardiology 118 (12): 1855-1860,2016.

Sharman James E, Avolio Alberto P, Baulmann Johannes, Benetos Athanase, Blacher Jacques, Blizzard C Leigh, Boutouyrie Pierre, Chen Chen-Huan, Chowienczyk Phil, Cockcroft John R, Cruickshank J Kennedy, Ferreira Isabel, Ghiadoni Lorenzo, Hughes Alun, Jankowski Piotr, Laurent Stephane, McDonnell Barry J, McEniery Carmel, Millasseau Sandrine C, Papaioannou Theodoros G, Parati Gianfranco, Park Jeong Bae, Protogerou Athanase D, Roman Mary J, Schillaci Giuseppe, Segers Patrick, Stergiou George S: Validation of non-invasive central blood pressure devices: ARTERY Society task force consensus statement on protocol standardization. European heart journal : 2017.

Arterial Stiffness: Recommendations and Standardization. Pulse (Basel, Switzerland) 4 (Suppl 1): 3-7,2017.

Academic Contact Info

University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
Nephrology & Hypertension
122 Founders Building
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-4630
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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