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Sidney M. Kobrin, MD

Sidney M. Kobrin, MD Physician

Associate Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Kobrin is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Sidney M. Kobrin

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

Recognized annually in Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs issue from 2005 to 2018

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Overall Ratings

Clinical Specialties


  • Renal Electrolyte and Hypertension

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Nephrology, 1992

Clinical Expertise:

  • Diabetic Kidney Diseases
  • Hemodialysis
  • Kidney Biopsy
  • Kidney Failure
  • Kidney Stones (Nephrolithiasis)
  • Peritoneal Dialysis
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)

Description of Clinical Expertise

In-center Hemodialysis

Home Dialysis

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

Diabetic Nephropathy

Kidney Stones

Native and transplant kidney biopsies

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)

Peritoneal Dialysis

Home Hemodialysis

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)
  • 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 Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Care
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • 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: University of the Witwatersrand School
Residency: J. G. Strijdom Hospital
Residency: Johannesburg General Hospital/Witwatersrand University
Fellowship: Albert Einstein Medical Center


American Society of Nephrology, National National Kidney Foundation, National South African Medical and Dental Council, International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Kobrin is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

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


Selected Publications:

Ishida K, Brown MG, Weiner M, Kobrin S, Kasner SE, Messé SR.: Endocarditis Is a Common Stroke Mechanism in Hemodialysis Patients. Stroke. : 2014.

Kobrin, SM, Tzeremas T: Uremic Pruritis UpToDate : 2011.

Gakhar B, Kobrin S, Berns JS.: Extracorporeal treatment of cast nephropathy. Semin Dial. 24 (1): 9-11,2011.

Coryell L, Lott JP, Stavropoulos SW, Mondschein JI, Patel AA, Kwak A, Soulen MC, Solomon JA, Shlansky-Goldberg RD, Nemeth AA, Kobrin S, Rudnick M, Trerotola SO.: The case for primary placement of tunneled hemodialysis catheters in acute kidney injury. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 20 (12): 1578-81,2009.

Kobrin S, Berns JS: Quinine, a tonic too bitter for dialysis associated muscle cramps? Seminars in Dialysis : 2007.

Israni A, Halpern S, Mcfadden C, Korbin S, Wasserstein A, Berns J: Willingness to participate in a randomized Controlled trial of Short daily Dialysis, American Society of Nephrology Annual Meeting : 2002.

Blam ME, Kobrin S, Siejelman ES, Scotiniotis IA: Downhill esophaageal varices asa n iatrogenic complication of upper extremity hemodialysis access Amer Journal of Gastroenterology 97 (1): 216-218,2002.

Yurkovic A, Cohen RD, Mantell MP, Kobrin S, Soulen MC, Chittams J, Trerotola SO.: Outcomes of thrombectomy procedures performed in hemodialysis grafts with early failure. J Vasc Interv Radiol 22 (3): 317-24,2011.

Yan Y, Clark TW, Mondschein JI, Shlansky-Goldberg RD, Dagli MS, Soulen MC, Stavropoulos SW, Sudheendra D, Mantell MP, Cohen RD, Kobrin S, Chittams JL, Trerotola SO: Outcomes of percutaneous interventions in transposed hemodialysis fistulas compared with nontransposed fistulas and grafts. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2013 12 : 2013.

Academic Contact Info

Renal_Electrolyte and Hypertension Division
One Founders Pavilion
3400 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-2638
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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