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Robert G. Nelson, MD, PhD

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Chief, Chronic Kidney Disease Section, Phoenix Epidemiology and Clinical Research Branch

Areas of Interest

Finding causes and effective treatments to slow progression and prevent the development of diabetic kidney disease.

Dr. Nelson is an epidemiologist who has conducted studies of type 2 diabetes and its complications in the Pima Indians since 1986.  His research focuses primarily on the epidemiology of diabetic kidney disease in type 2 diabetes, and his areas of special interest include the natural history, genetic and environmental determinants, pathophysiology, and treatment of diabetic kidney disease.


  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1998
  • M.P.H., Harvard University, 1986
  • B.S., M.D., Loma Linda University, 1978

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