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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 a Penn Medicine employed physician.

About Dr. Raymond R. Townsend

Recognized annually in Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs issue from 2004 through 2016

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

Clinical Specialties


  • Medicine
    • Renal Electrolyte and Hypertension

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Internal Medicine, 1982
  • Nephrology, 1984

Clinical Expertise:

  • Hyperaldosteronism
  • Paragangliomas
  • Pheocromocytoma
  • Renal Artery Disease

Description of Clinical Expertise

hypertension with adrenal tumors
pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma
conn's syndrome
aldosterone excess
hypertension with renal vascular disease

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • 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
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

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 a Penn Medicine employed physician.

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:

Navaneethan SD, Roy J, Tao K, Brecklin CS, Chen J, Deo R, Flack JM, Ojo AO, Plappert TJ, Raj DS, Saydain G, Sondheimer JH, Sood R, Steigerwalt SP, Townsend RR, Dweik RA, Rahman M; Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort Investigators: . Prevalence, Predictors, and Outcomes of Pulmonary Hypertension in CKD. American Journal of Kidney Diseases 27 (3): 877-886,2016.

Deo Rajat, Shou Haochang, Soliman Elsayed Z, Yang Wei, Arkin Joshua M, Zhang Xiaoming, Townsend Raymond R, Go Alan S, Shlipak Michael G, Feldman Harold I: Electrocardiographic Measures and Prediction of Cardiovascular and Noncardiovascular Death in CKD. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology : JASN 27 (2): 559-69,2016.

Thomas George, Xie Dawei, Chen Hsiang-Yu, Anderson Amanda H, Appel Lawrence J, Bodana Shirisha, Brecklin Carolyn S, Drawz Paul, Flack John M, Miller Edgar R, Steigerwalt Susan P, Townsend Raymond R, Weir Matthew R, Wright Jackson T, Rahman Mahboob: Prevalence and Prognostic Significance of Apparent Treatment Resistant Hypertension in Chronic Kidney Disease: Report From the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort Study. Hypertension 67 (2): 387-96,2016.

Hsu Raymond K, Chai Boyang, Roy Jason A, Anderson Amanda H, Bansal Nisha, Feldman Harold I, Go Alan S, He Jiang, Horwitz Edward J, Kusek John W, Lash James P, Ojo Akinlolu, Sondheimer James H, Townsend Raymond R, Zhan Min, Hsu Chi-Yuan: Abrupt Decline in Kidney Function Before Initiating Hemodialysis and All-Cause Mortality: The Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) Study. American journal of kidney diseases : the official journal of the National Kidney Foundation : 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.

Kandzari David E, Kario Kazuomi, Mahfoud Felix, Cohen Sidney A, Pilcher Garrett, Pocock Stuart, Townsend Raymond, Weber Michael A, Böhm Michael: The SPYRAL HTN Global Clinical Trial Program: Rationale and design for studies of renal denervation in the absence (SPYRAL HTN OFF-MED) and presence (SPYRAL HTN ON-MED) of antihypertensive medications. American heart journal 171 (1): 82-91,2016.

Goldstein David, Rosenberg Jonathan E, Figlin Robert A, Townsend Raymond R, McCann Lauren, Carpenter Christopher, Pandite Lini: Is change in blood pressure a biomarker of pazopanib and sunitinib efficacy in advanced/metastatic renal cell carcinoma? European journal of cancer (Oxford, England : 1990) 53 : 96-104,2016.

Cohen Debbie L, Townsend Raymond R: Which Patients Does the SPRINT Study Not Apply To and What Are the Appropriate Blood Pressure Goals in These Populations? Journal of clinical hypertension (Greenwich, Conn.) : 2016.

Cohen Debbie L, Boudhar Sanaa, Bowler Anne, Townsend Raymond R: Blood Pressure Effects of Yoga, Alone or in Combination With Lifestyle Measures: Results of the Lifestyle Modification and Blood Pressure Study (LIMBS). Journal of clinical hypertension (Greenwich, Conn.) : 2016.

Drawz PE, Alper AB, Anderson AH, Brecklin CS, Charleston J, Chen J, Deo R, Fischer MJ, He J, Hus C-y, Huan Y, Keane M, Kusek KJW, Makos G, Miller III ER, Soliman EZ, Steigerwalt SP, Taliercio JT, Townsend RR, Weir MR, Wright Jr JW, Xie D, Rahman M.: Masked Hypertension and Elevated nighttime blood pressure in CKD: Prevalence and association with target organ damage. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology 11 (4): 642-652,2016.

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
Fax: (215) 349-5703
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)

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