Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Reese Research Group

  • Stained kidney slide
  • Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine (PCAM)
  • Glomerulus microscopy
  • Stained glomerulus microscopy


Peter Reese, MD, MSCE is an NIH-funded transplant nephrologist and epidemiologist. His research focuses on: a) developing effective strategies to increase access to kidney transplantation, b) improving the process of selecting and caring for living kidney donors, c) determining outcomes of health policies on vulnerable populations with renal disease, including the elderly, d) testing strategies to improve important health behaviors such as medication adherence, and e) transplant ethics. He co-founded Penn’s Center for Quality, Analytics and Research in Transplantation (PQART). He is a past chair of the Ethics Committee for the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), which oversees organ allocation and transplant regulation in the US, and is an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Kidney Diseases. He is Co-Principal Investigator for the THINKER ( NCT02743897), USHER (NCT02743897), and SHELTER (NCT03724149) pilot trials of transplantation using hepatitis C-infected organs from deceased donors into uninfected recipients. He is also a Principal Investigator for an exciting new trial to reduce recurring kidney stones with increased fluid intake — PUSH (NCT03244189).

Recent Articles and News Coverage:

  • Dr. Cohen and colleagues published a very important paper in the Annals of Internal Medicine about blood pressure measurement, with an editorial, and CNN coverage
  • Dr. Sawinski received the Clinical Science Investigator Achievement award from the American Society of Transplantation and presented a plenary on the use and misuse of adherence metrics to choose patients for kidney transplant
  • Dr. Serper published a major paper in Hepatology advancing the field of quality metrics for cirrhosis patients

► Dr. Reese discussing international trends in organ allocation and discard on NPR

► Podcast on THINKER recipient from "The Work Around"

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