The Section of Nephrology, founded in the early 1960s, provides services not only to the North Philadelphia community but also has evolved into a major regional and national referral center. There are currently nine full-time faculty members, all of whom participate in the section's various clinical, educational and research programs based at Temple University Hospital. The hospital is a 712-bed tertiary care facility housing nationally acclaimed programs in critical care, emergency medicine, multi-organ transplantation, cardiovascular surgery and pulmonary medicine.

The Section provides the highest level of diagnostic and therapeutic programs in acute and chronic renal disease and electrolyte disorders using renal biopsies and various state-of-the-art modalities of renal replacement therapy and transplantation. Besides our in-patient acute dialysis facility, we care for our patients at our three outpatient hemodialysis centers.and our peritoneal dialysis unit.

Our educational programs are tailored for medical students, residents and practicing physicians, and the graduates of our renal fellowship program are placed in both academic and clinical settings at a national and international level.

The research programs of the Section of Nephrology encompass a broad spectrum from basic cellular physiology and molecular biology to patient-oriented clinical research in human physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology and outcomes research.

Section Chief: Crystal Gadegbeku, MD, FAHA
Appointments: 215-707-4600
Department: 215-707-7937
Physician Office

3401 North Broad Street
4th Floor Parkinson Pavilion, Suite 410
Philadelphia, PA 19140

Medical Staff

Christine P. Bastl, MDs
Specialty interests: kidney diseases, glomerulonephritis

Joseph Benjamin, MD
Specialty interests: vascular access, peritoneal dialysis, iron management in end-stage renal disease

Serban Constantinescu, MD, PhD
Specialty interests: renal transplantation

Neel Desai, MD
Specialty interests: Nephrology, critical care, acid-base disorders, hemodialysis access, point-of-care ultrasound, volume management, cardiorenal/hepatorenal syndrome, CRRT

Crystal Gadegbeku, MD, FAHA
Section Chief
Specialty interests: nephrology, hypertension and kidney transplantation

Avrum Gillespie, MD
Specialty interests: kidney disease, renal transplantation

Liliane Hobeika, MD
Specialty interests: glomerular diseases 

Duncan B. Johnstone, MD, PhD
Specialty interests: glomerular diseases, inhereted kidney diseases

Iris Lee, MD
Specialty interests: renal transplantation, glomerular disease

Jean Lee, MD
Specialty interests: hemodialysis

Sumithra Nalla, MD
Specialty interests: Nephrology

Suma Prakash, MD
Specialty interests: home dialysis, late-stage CKD care, renal replacement therapy modality decision-making

Gerri A. Schulman, MD
Specialty interests: kidney diseases, hypertension, hemodialysis

Administrative Staff

Administrator: Corey Matthews
Phone: 215-707-8337
Fax: 215-707-9697
Email: corey.matthews@tuhs.temple.edu

Administrative Specialist/Fellowship Program Coordinator: Anita Cole
Phone: 215-707-7937
Fax: 215-707-9697
Email: anita.cole@tuhs.temple.edu 

Administrative Assistant: Marlene Griffin
Phone: 215-707-0744
Fax: 215-707-9697
Email: marlene.griffin@tuhs.temple.edu