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Simin Goral, MD

Simin Goral, MD Physician

Director, Polycystic Kidney Disease Clinic Transplant Nephrology Fellowship Director Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Languages spoken:

  • Turkish

Dr. Goral is employed by Penn Medicine.

In New Jersey, providers are affiliated with Penn Medicine through Clinical Health Care Associates of New Jersey.

About Dr. Simin Goral

Recognized by America's Top Doctors for 2017

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2009 - 2012, 2015 - 2018

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issues for 2018 and 2019

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Clinical Specialties


  • Renal Electrolyte and Hypertension

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Nephrology, 2001

Clinical Expertise:

  • BK Virus Nephropathy
  • Chronic Kidney Disease Post Renal Transplant
  • Conservative Management of Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Diabetic Kidney Diseases
  • Dialysis
  • Dialysis Prevention
  • Dietary Management of Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hemodialysis
  • Kidney Polycystic Diseases
  • Kidney Transplant Evaluation
  • Kidney Transplant Malfunction
  • Kidney Transplant Rejection
  • Kidney Transplantation
  • Living Donor Kidney Transplantation
  • Medical Management of Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Renal Replacement Therapy Education

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 Care
  • 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

Residency: Augenklinik Universitat Munchen
Residency: Chirurgische Klinik und Poliklinik
Medical School: University of Istanbul
Residency: University of Istanbul
Fellowship: Vanderbilt University Medical Center


American Board of Internal Medicine; Item-Writing Task Force, National American College of Physicians (ACP), National American Society of Nephrology (ASN), National American Society of Transplantation (AST), National European Renal Association-European Dialysis and Transplant Association, International National Kidney Foundation, National The Transplantation Society, International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Goral 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:

I have interests in the following research areas: polycystic kidney disease, diabetic nephropathy, sensitization due to transplant nephrectomy, recurrent lupus nephritis after kidney transplantation, and BK infection after kidney transplantation

Selected Publications:

Goral S, Prak EL, Kearns J, Bloom R, Pierce E, Doyle A, Grossman R, Naji A, Kamoun M.: Preformed Donor-Directed Anti-HLA-DP Antibodies May Be an Impediment to Successful Kidney Transplantation. Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation 23 (1): 390-392,2008.

Trofe-Clark J, Reese PP, Patel HJ, Jakobowski D, Goral S, Doll SL, Abt PL, Bloom RD.: Efficacy and safety of extended-duration inpatient-to-outpatient rabbit antithymocyte globulin induction in de novo kidney transplant recipients: 6-month outcomes. Transplantation 94 (5): 506-12,2012.

Karuturi M, Shah N, Frank D, Fasan O, Reshef R, Ahya VN, Bromberg M, Faust T, Goral S, Schuster SJ, Stadtmauer EA, Tsai DE.: Plasmacytic post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder: a case series of nine patients. Transpl Int. Jun;26(6):616-22 : 616-622,2013.

Goral S, Brukamp K, Ticehurst EH, Abt PL, Bloom RD, Kearns J, Constantinescu S, Kamoun M, Tomaszewski J.: Transplant nephrectomy: histologic findings—a single center study. American Journal of Nephrology 40 (5): 491-8,2014.

Sawinski D, Forde KA, Trofe-Clark J, Patel P, Olivera B, Goral S, Bloom RD.: Persistent BK viremia does not increase intermediate-term graft loss but is associated with de novo donor-specific antibodies. J Am Soc Nephrol (JASN) 26 (4): 966-75,2015.

Van Buren PN, Lewis JB, Dwyer JP, Greene T, Middleton J, Sika M, Umanath K, Abraham JD, Arfeen SS, Bowline IG, Chernin G, Fadem SZ, Goral S, Koury M, Sinsakul MV, Weiner DE; Collaborative Study Group.: The Phosphate Binder Ferric Citrate and Mineral Metabolism and Inflammatory Markers in Maintenance Dialysis Patients: Results From Prespecified Analyses of a Randomized Clinical Trial. American Journal of Kidney Diseases 66 (3): 479-88,2015.

Sawinski D, Kaur N, Lim MA, Forde K, Goral S, Bloom R.: "Successful treatment of hepatitis c in renal transplant recipients with direct-acting antiviral agents" American Journal of Transplantation 16(5) : 1588-95,2016.

Jalal D, McFadden M, Dwyer JP, Umanath K, Aguilar E, Yagil Y, Greco B, Sika M, Lewis JB, Greene T, Goral S.: Adherence rates to ferric citrate as compared to active control in patients with end stage kidney disease on dialysis. Hemodialysis International 21 (2): 243-249,2017.

Sawinsky, D, Goral S.: BK Infection: an Update on Diagnosis and Treatment Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation 30 (2): 209-17,2015.

Sever, MS, Goral, S.: Kidney transplantation due to medical urgency: time for reconsideration? Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation 31 (9): 1376-7,2016.

Academic Contact Info

One Founders Pavilion
3400 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-3460
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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