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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 by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 - 2018

Recognized annually in Philadelphia magazine's Top Docs issues from 2004 to 2019

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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:

  • Acute Interstitial Nephritis
  • Acute Kidney Injury
  • Acute Tubular Necrosis
  • Adrenal Adenoma
  • Adrenal Mass
  • Alport Syndrome
  • Amyloid Nephropathy
  • Anasarca
  • Anca Anti-Neutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibody
  • Atheroembolism of Renal Arteries
  • Azotemia
  • Bartter Syndrome
  • Berger's Disease (IgA Nephropathy)
  • BK Virus Nephropathy
  • Calcium Oxalate Stones
  • Calculus of Urinary Tract
  • Cardiorenal Syndrome (CRS)
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Chronic Kidney Disease Post Renal Transplant
  • Congenital Renal Disease
  • Conn Syndrome
  • Conservative Management of Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Contrast-Induced Nephropathy
  • Cryoglobulinemia
  • Crytalluria
  • Cystine Kidney Stones
  • Diabetes Insipidus
  • Diabetic Kidney Diseases
  • Dialysis
  • Dialysis Prevention
  • Dialysis Related Amyloidosis
  • Dietary Management of Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Electrolyte Disorders
  • Elevated Creatinine
  • End-Stage Kidney Disease
  • Ethylene Glycol Poisoning
  • Familial Renal Amyloidosis
  • Fibromuscular Dysplasia
  • Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS)
  • Gitelman Syndrome
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Glomerulonephropathy
  • Glucocorticoid-Remediable Aldosteronism
  • Goodpasture Syndrome
  • Gouty Nephropathy
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis
  • Hematuria
  • Hemodialysis
  • Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
  • Henoch–Schönlein purpura
  • Hep C-Related Renal Disease
  • Hepatorenal Syndrome
  • HIV-Associated Nephropathy
  • Home Dialysis
  • Hydronephrosis
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Hypercalciuria
  • Hyperkalemia
  • Hypermagnesemia
  • Hypernatremia
  • Hyperoxaluria
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hyperphosphatemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertensive Crisis
  • Hypertensive Urgency
  • Hypertrophy of Kidney
  • Hyperuricemia
  • Hypocalcemia
  • Hypokalemia
  • Hypomagnesemia
  • Hyponatremia
  • Hypophosphatemia
  • IgG4-Related Diseases
  • Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone Secretion
  • Incremental Dialysis
  • Interstitial Cystitis (IC)
  • Ischemic Nephropathy
  • Ischemic Renal Atrophy
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Kidney Cyst (Renal Cyst)
  • Kidney Disease
  • Kidney Failure
  • Kidney Malformation
  • Kidney Polycystic Diseases
  • Kidney Problem
  • Kidney Stones (Nephrolithiasis)
  • Kidney Transplant Evaluation
  • Kidney Transplant Malfunction
  • Kidney Transplant Rejection
  • Kidney Transplantation
  • Lead Nephropathy
  • Leg Swelling (Edema)
  • Liddle Syndrome
  • Light Chain Disorders
  • Lithium Nephropathy
  • Lithium Poisoning
  • Living Donor Kidney Transplantation
  • Loin Pain Hematuria Syndrome
  • Lupus Nephritis
  • Malignant Hypertension
  • Maternal Renal Disease
  • Medical Management of Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Medullary Sponge Kidney
  • Membranous Nephropathy
  • Metabolic Acidosis
  • Metabolic Alkalosis
  • Methanol Poisoning
  • Microalbuminuria
  • Microscopic Hematuria
  • Microscopic Polyangiitis
  • Minimal Change Kidney Disease
  • Myeloma Kidney
  • Nephritic Syndrome
  • Nephritis
  • Nephrocalcinosis
  • Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis
  • Nephropathy
  • Nephrosclerosis
  • Nephrotic Syndrome
  • Nephrotoxicity
  • Obesity-Related Glomerulopathy
  • Orthostatic Hypotension
  • Palliative Management of Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Partial Nephrectomy
  • Pauci-Immune Glomerulonephritis
  • Peritoneal Dialysis
  • Pheochromocytoma
  • Polyuria
  • Postural Proteinuria
  • Primary Polydipsia
  • Proteinuria
  • Pseudohypoaldosteronism Type 1
  • Radiation Nephropathy
  • Reflux Nephropathy
  • Renal Agenesis and Dysgenesis
  • Renal Artery Dysplasia
  • Renal Artery Stenosis
  • Renal Cortical Necrosis
  • Renal Denervation
  • Renal Disease and Pregnancy
  • Renal Hypoplasia
  • Renal Insufficiency
  • Renal Manifestations of Sickle Cell Disease
  • Renal Mass
  • Renal Osteodystrophy
  • Renal Replacement Therapy Education
  • Renal Tubular Acidosis
  • Renovascular Hypertension
  • Retroperitoneal Fibrosis
  • Rhabdomyolysis
  • Secondary Hyperaldosteronism
  • Secondary Hyperparathyroidism
  • Secondary Hypertension
  • Small Kidney
  • Solitary Kidney
  • Thin Basement Membrane Disease
  • Tubulointerstitial Nephritis
  • Ultrasound Guided Biopsy
  • Uncontrolled Hypertension
  • Uremia
  • Uremic Encephalopathy
  • Urgent-Start Peritoneal Dialysis
  • Uric Acid Urolithiasis
  • 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 Medicaid
  • 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: 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, Yeboah Joseph: 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, Pfeifer Michael: 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, Cushman William C: 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, Cappola Thomas P: 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, Van Bortel Luc M: Validation of non-invasive central blood pressure devices: ARTERY Society task force consensus statement on protocol standardization. European heart journal : 2017.

Townsend Raymond R: 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) 614-0423
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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