Matthew Rivara, MD

Matthew Rivara is currently Acting Instructor in the Division of Nephrology at the University of Washington, and a practicing nephrologist at Harborview Medical Center.  His education and training include a B.A. from Yale University in 2004, an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 2009, residency in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital from 2009 to 2012, and fellowship training in nephrology at the University of Washington from 2012 to 2015.   Dr. Rivara is an investigator at the Kidney Research Institute, a collaboration between UW Medicine and the Northwest Kidney Centers.

Dr. Rivara’s research focuses on understanding the relationship between biological pathways, practice-related risk factors and adverse patient-centered outcomes in individuals initiating and undergoing maintenance dialysis therapies.  Additionally, Dr. Rivara has a special interest in innovation in care for patients undergoing home dialysis, including both peritoneal and home hemodialysis.  He has received a UW Institute for Translational Health Sciences KL2 Multidisciplinary Career Development Award in 2016 to explore the link between novel markers of kidney function and symptom burden in patients initiating maintenance dialysis, and is also supported by the Norman S. Coplon Extramural Grant Program for Clinical Applied Research from Satellite Healthcare.

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Research Interests:

  • Symptom burden and health-related quality of life in patients with advanced kidney disease
  • Timing of initiation of maintenance dialysis
  • Comparative effectiveness of dialysis modalities
  • Home dialysis (peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis)
  • Proximal tubular secretion in chronic kidney disease
  • Oxidative stress and end-stage renal disease

Education & Training: Harvard Medical School
Medicine Residency - Massachusetts General Hospital
Nephrology Fellowship - University of Washington

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