Khaled Abdel-Kader, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Faculty Appointments
Assistant Professor of Medicine
M.S., University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaM.D., Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, New JerseyB.A., Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, Missouri
Office Address
1161 21st Ave S
MCN S-3223
Nashville, TN 37232
Clinical Description
Dr. Abdel-Kader’s research interests include quality of life in chronic kidney disease (CKD), quality of care of non-dialysis dependent CKD, health information technology including electronic health records (EHR) and clinical decision support systems (CDSS), and predictive modeling. His prior work includes characterizing individualized quality of life in CKD, examining symptom burdens in advanced non-dialysis dependent CKD and end-stage renal disease, and examining systematic interventions to improve CKD care delivery. Future research activities focus on investigating the potential benefit of using risk modeling with systematic interventions to enhance physician care and decision making in CKD.

Dr. Abdel-Kader is a member of the American Society of Nephrology and the National Kidney Foundation. He is an ad hoc reviewer for several journals including the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Nephrology Dialysis and Transplantation, Journal of Hypertension, and the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Abdel-Kader has received federal and foundational grants to fund his research including a K23 career development award. His publications have included manuscripts in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, and the Journal of Hypertension.

Dr. Abdel-Kader completed his undergraduate training at Washington University, before pursuing his medical degree at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson (now Rutgers Medical School). He completed his residency in internal medicine and chief residency at Brown University School of Medicine before specializing in nephrology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. In addition, he has a master’s in medical education and is a doctoral candidate in clinical and translational science. Dr. Abdel-Kader is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology and maintains an active clinical nephrology practice

Dr. Abdel-Kader is a member of the Vanderbilt Center for Kidney Disease (VCKD). For more information regarding VCKD, please click the link below.
Clinical Research Keywords
QoL CKD CDSS Health IT Quality of care
Parvez S, Abdel-Kader K, Pankratz VS, Song MK, Unruh M. Provider Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Surrounding Conservative Management for Patients with Advanced CKD. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol [print-electronic]. 2016 May 5/6/2016; 11(5): 812-20. PMID: 27084874, PMCID: PMC4858478, PII: CJN.07180715, DOI: 10.2215/CJN.07180715, ISSN: 1555-905X.

Jhamb M, Cavanaugh KL, Bian A, Chen G, Ikizler TA, Unruh ML, Abdel-Kader K. Disparities in Electronic Health Record Patient Portal Use in Nephrology Clinics. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol [print-electronic]. 2015 Nov 11/6/2015; 10(11): 2013-22. PMID: 26493242, PMCID: PMC4633780, PII: CJN.01640215, DOI: 10.2215/CJN.01640215, ISSN: 1555-905X.

Ray EC, Abdel-Kader K, Bircher N, Rondon-Berrios H. Case report: proximal tubule impairment following volatile anesthetic exposure. Physiol Rep. 2015 Sep; 3(9): PMID: 26416976, PMCID: PMC4600399, PII: 3/9/e12560, DOI: 10.14814/phy2.12560, ISSN: 2051-817X.

Siew ED, Parr SK, Abdel-Kader K, Eden SK, Peterson JF, Bansal N, Hung AM, Fly J, Speroff T, Ikizler TA, Matheny ME. Predictors of Recurrent AKI. J. Am. Soc. Nephrol [print-electronic]. 2015 Aug 8/11/2015; PMID: 26264853, PII: ASN.2014121218, DOI: 10.1681/ASN.2014121218, ISSN: 1533-3450.

Parvez S, Abdel-Kader K, Song MK, Unruh M. Conveying uncertainty in prognosis to patients with ESRD. Blood Purif [print-electronic]. 2015; 39(1-3): 58-64. PMID: 25661575, PII: 000368954, DOI: 10.1159/000368954, ISSN: 1421-9735.

Abdel-Kader K. Screening, monitoring, and treatment of stage 1 to 3 chronic kidney disease [letter]. Ann. Intern. Med. 2014 Jul 7/1/2014; 161(1): 83. PMID: 24979458, PII: 1884546, DOI: 10.7326/L14-5013-4, ISSN: 1539-3704.

Abdel-Kader K, Greer RC, Boulware LE, Unruh ML. Primary care physicians' familiarity, beliefs, and perceived barriers to practice guidelines in non-diabetic CKD: a survey study. BMC Nephrol. 2014; 15: 64. PMID: 24755164, PMCID: PMC4021215, PII: 1471-2369-15-64, DOI: 10.1186/1471-2369-15-64, ISSN: 1471-2369.

Abdel-Kader K, Jhamb M, Mandich LA, Yabes J, Keene RM, Beach S, Buysse DJ, Unruh ML. Ecological momentary assessment of fatigue, sleepiness, and exhaustion in ESKD. BMC Nephrol. 2014; 15: 29. PMID: 24502751, PMCID: PMC3927224, PII: 1471-2369-15-29, DOI: 10.1186/1471-2369-15-29, ISSN: 1471-2369.

Matheny ME, Peterson JF, Eden SK, Hung AM, Speroff T, Abdel-Kader K, Parr SK, Ikizler TA, Siew ED. Laboratory test surveillance following acute kidney injury. PLoS ONE. 2014; 9(8): e103746. PMID: 25117447, PMCID: PMC4130516, PII: PONE-D-14-10168, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0103746, ISSN: 1932-6203.

Matheny ME, Peterson JF, Eden SK, Hung AM, Speroff T, Abdel-Kader K, Parr SK, Ikizler TA, Siew ED. Laboratory test surveillance following acute kidney injury. PLoS ONE. 2014; 9(8): e103746. PMID: 25117447, PMCID: PMC4130516, PII: PONE-D-14-10168, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0103746, ISSN: 1932-6203.

Kang EW, Abdel-Kader K, Yabes J, Glover K, Unruh M. Association of sleep-disordered breathing with cognitive dysfunction in CKD stages 4-5. Am. J. Kidney Dis [print-electronic]. 2012 Dec; 60(6): 949-58. PMID: 23063144, PMCID: PMC3549635, PII: S0272-6386(12)01147-X, DOI: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2012.08.033, ISSN: 1523-6838.

Abdel-Kader K, Unruh ML. Benefits of short daily home hemodialysis in the FREEDOM Study: is it about person, place, time, or treatment?. Kidney Int. 2012 Sep; 82(5): 511-3. PMID: 22892857, PII: ki2012161, DOI: 10.1038/ki.2012.161, ISSN: 1523-1755.

Kang EW, Pike F, Ramer S, Abdel-Kader K, Myaskovsky L, Dew MA, Unruh M. The association of mental health over time with cardiac outcomes in HEMO study patients. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol [print-electronic]. 2012 Jun; 7(6): 957-64. PMID: 22490873, PMCID: PMC3693543, PII: CJN.06730711, DOI: 10.2215/CJN.06730711, ISSN: 1555-905X.

Abdel-Kader K, Dohar S, Shah N, Jhamb M, Reis SE, Strollo P, Buysse D, Unruh ML. Resistant hypertension and obstructive sleep apnea in the setting of kidney disease. J. Hypertens. 2012 May; 30(5): 960-6. PMID: 22388231, PMCID: PMC3771863, DOI: 10.1097/HJH.0b013e328351d08a, ISSN: 1473-5598.

Abdel-Kader K, Fischer GS, Li J, Moore CG, Hess R, Unruh ML. Automated clinical reminders for primary care providers in the care of CKD: a small cluster-randomized controlled trial. Am. J. Kidney Dis [print-electronic]. 2011 Dec; 58(6): 894-902. PMID: 21982456, PMCID: PMC3221894, PII: S0272-6386(11)01313-8, DOI: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2011.08.028, ISSN: 1523-6838.

Abdel-Kader K, Fischer GS, Johnston JR, Gu C, Moore CG, Unruh ML. Characterizing pre-dialysis care in the era of eGFR reporting: a cohort study. BMC Nephrol. 2011; 12: 12. PMID: 21406096, PMCID: PMC3065401, PII: 1471-2369-12-12, DOI: 10.1186/1471-2369-12-12, ISSN: 1471-2369.

Abdel-Kader K, Dew MA, Bhatnagar M, Argyropoulos C, Karpov I, Switzer G, Unruh ML. Numeracy skills in CKD: correlates and outcomes. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol [print-electronic]. 2010 Sep; 5(9): 1566-73. PMID: 20507954, PMCID: PMC2974395, PII: CJN.08121109, DOI: 10.2215/CJN.08121109, ISSN: 1555-905X.

Abdel-Kader K, Patel PR, Kallen AJ, Sinkowitz-Cochran RL, Bolton WK, Unruh ML. Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis: a survey of nephrologists' perceptions and practices. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol [print-electronic]. 2010 Jun; 5(6): 964-71. PMID: 20299369, PMCID: PMC2879309, PII: CJN.00140110, DOI: 10.2215/CJN.00140110, ISSN: 1555-905X.

Abdel-Kader K, Palevsky PM. Acute kidney injury in the elderly. Clin. Geriatr. Med. 2009 Aug; 25(3): 331-58. PMID: 19765485, PMCID: PMC2748997, PII: S0749-0690(09)00025-1, DOI: 10.1016/j.cger.2009.04.001, ISSN: 1879-8853.

Abdel-Kader K, Unruh ML. Disaster and end-stage renal disease: targeting vulnerable patients for improved outcomes. Kidney Int. 2009 Jun; 75(11): 1131-3. PMID: 19444266, PII: ki200912, DOI: 10.1038/ki.2009.12, ISSN: 1523-1755.

Abdel-Kader K, Unruh ML, Weisbord SD. Symptom burden, depression, and quality of life in chronic and end-stage kidney disease. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol [print-electronic]. 2009 Jun; 4(6): 1057-64. PMID: 19423570, PMCID: PMC2689883, PII: CJN.00430109, DOI: 10.2215/CJN.00430109, ISSN: 1555-905X.

Abdel-Kader K, Myaskovsky L, Karpov I, Shah J, Hess R, Dew MA, Unruh M. Individual quality of life in chronic kidney disease: influence of age and dialysis modality. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol [print-electronic]. 2009 Apr; 4(4): 711-8. PMID: 19339411, PMCID: PMC2666434, PII: CJN.05191008, DOI: 10.2215/CJN.05191008, ISSN: 1555-905X.