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Harini A. Chakkera, M.D.

  1. Internist
  2. Nephrologist

Location

  1. Phoenix, Arizona

Languages

English

Harini Chakkera, M.D., MPH, is Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. She is a transplant nephrologist and chair of the Division of Nephrology. She also is currently the medical director of the Pancreas Transplant Program. She previously held the positions of fellowship program director for both the General Nephrology Fellowship and Transplant Nephrology Fellowship programs and was the chair of the Student Promotion and Assessment Committee, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine in Arizona.

Areas of clinical expertise include:

  • Determination of eligibility for kidney and pancreas transplant
  • Living-donor evaluation to determine their suitability
  • Providing complex coordination and management for patients after kidney and pancreas transplant
  • Promoting patients' understanding of their disease and empowering them to become partners in managing their health

Dr. Chakkera has truly excelled in all the shields at Mayo Clinic — education, clinical practice and research. In addition to her clinical activities, she is active in research and education. She was responsible for transforming the internal medicine resident rotation in nephrology. Additionally, she was instrumental in the founding of two fellowships (General Nephrology and Transplant Nephrology) and was the founding leader for the renal block, Mayo Medical School in Arizona. She provides mentorship to several residents and fellows.

She currently holds the position of Director: Medical Education Quality and Strategy, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. In 2021, Dr. Chakkera was recognized for her contributions to the Education Shield receiving the Distinguished Educator of the Year Award, Mayo Clinic Arizona. Dr. Chakkera is recognized as a national and international content expert in the areas of metabolic disease and diabetes associated with transplantation. Her research is funded by industry, intramural and NIH funding. She is the author of expert content and publishes in high-impact scientific journals. She has been a seminal leader in elucidating the mechanisms and consequences of metabolic disease post-transplant and has been invited to present on this topic at various national and international forums.

She has been an active member of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and American Society of Transplantation (AST) and recognized as a Fellow of both ASN and AST. She has held positions on several of its committees and currently is a member of the Transplant Nephrology Fellowship Training Accreditation Board of Managers.

Dr. Chakkera has been recognized in America's Top Physicians — Consumers' Research Council of America and Marquis Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare in America. In 2017, she received the Marquis Who's Who in America Lifetime Achievement award.

  1. Kidney failure
  2. Pancreatic disorder
  • Renal transplantation outcomes
  • Evaluating modifiable predictors to improve kidney transplant survival
  • Outcomes after renal transplantation: evaluating predictors that can improve the long-term survival of the transplanted kidney and studying treatment modalities adopted to maximize the survival of the renal allograft after acute rejection
  1. 2005
    Fellow - TransplantationUniversity of California, San Francisco
  2. 2003
    Fellow - NephrologyUniversity of California, San Francisco
  3. 2002
    MPHUniversity of California, Berkeley
  4. 1999
    Resident - Internal MedicineHennepin County Medical Center
  5. 1997
    Internship - Internal MedicineHennepin County Medical Center
  6. 1994
    MB BS - Bachelor of Medicine & SurgeryBangalore University

Certifications

  1. 2002
    NephrologyAmerican Board of Internal Medicine
  2. 1999
    Internal MedicineAmerican Board of Internal Medicine

Awards and honors

  1. 2021
    Distinguished Educator of the Year AwardMayo Clinic Arizona
  2. 2017
    Lifetime Achievement AwardMarquis Who's Who in America
  3. 2012
    Recognized in Phoenix Super Doctors 2012Key Professional Media Inc.
  4. 2011
    Recipient of 2011 Research Early Career Development AwardMayo Foundation
  5. 2011
    Recipient of Clinical Practice Innovation-10 Grant; Topic: Establish a Renal Studies Unit at Mayo Clinic in ArizonaMayo Clinic in Arizona
  6. 2008
    Recipient of the NIH KL2RR 24151 Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Career Development Award: NIH Roadmap/NCRRNational Institutes of Health
  7. 2007
    America's Top PhysiciansConsumers' Research Council of America
  8. 2003
    Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Award NIH F-32 DK 065349-01. Individual fellowship award NIHNational Institutes of Health
  9. 2003
    Clinical Science Fellowship GrantAmerican Society of Transplantation
  10. 2001
    Recipient of NIH T32DK 07219 Fellowship GrantNational Institutes of Health
  11. 1999
    AST Distinguished Fellow Research Forum PresenterAnnual Transplant Fellows Research Symposium
  12. 1998
    WinnerNational American College of Physicians Clinical Vignette Abstract Competition
  13. 1996
    WinnerRegional American College of Physicians Clinical Vignette Poster Competition

Professional memberships

  1. 2022 - present
    MemberPublic Policy Committee, American Society of Transplantation
  2. 2022 - present
    MemberAmerican Association for Physician Leadership
  3. 2018 - present
    Board MemberBoard of Managers, Transplant Nephrology Fellowship Training Accreditation Program, American Society of Transplantation
  4. 2017 - 2023
    ChairStudent Promotion and Assessment Review Committee, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, Department of Education Administration
  5. 2016 - present
    MemberLLC Review Committee, Transplant Nephrology Fellowship Training Accreditation Program, American Society of Transplantation
  6. 2015 - 2023
    MemberMedical Advisory Board, National Kidney Foundation of Arizona
  7. 2015 - 2018
    MemberEducation Committee, American Society of Transplantation
  8. 2015 - 2017
    ChairSouthwest Nephrology Conference Planning Committee, National Kidney Foundation of Arizona
  9. 2015 - 2018
    MemberBlue Ribbon Panel on Career Development, American Society of Nephrology
  10. 2015 - 2018
    LeaderFounding Renal Block, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, Department of Education Administration
  11. 2014 - present
    MemberDiversity Subcommittee, Personnel Committee, Executive Operations Team - Arizona
  12. 2012 - 2017
    ChairTransplantation Disease Oriented Group, Mayo Clinic Arizona Task Forces
  13. 2012 - 2014
    ChairWorkforce Diversity Group, Workforce Committee, American Society of Nephrology
  14. 2011 - present
    MemberFellowship Training Program Director Committee, American Society of Nephrology
  15. 2011
    Abstract ReviewerAmerican Society of Nephrology
  16. 2011 - 2016
    MemberWorkforce Committee, American Society of Nephrology
  17. 2011 - 2013
    Elected MemberExecutive Committee of Women's Health Community of Practice, American Society of Transplantation
  18. 2011
    ChairScientific Session, Joint Meeting of the ASTS and AST, American Transplant Congress
  19. 2011 - 2017
    MemberClinical Research Subcommittee, Research Operations Management Team, Mayo Clinic Arizona Committees
  20. 2010
    Abstract ReviewerAmerican Society of Nephrology
  21. 2010 - 2019
    MemberGraduate Education Committee, Department of Internal Medicine
  22. 2009 - 2011
    MemberProtocol Review Committee, Biospecimen Subcommittee, Research Operations Management Team
  23. 2009 - present
    MemberAmerican Diabetes Association
  24. 2008 - 2016
    Division Educational DirectorGraduate Education Committee, Department of Internal Medicine
  25. 2008 - 2010
    Abstract ReviewerAmerican Transplant Congress
  26. 2008
    ChairScientific Session, Joint Meeting of the ASTS and AST, American Transplant Congress
  27. 2007 - 2010
    MemberMembership Committee, American Society of Transplantation
  28. 2007 - 2010
    MemberCommunications Committee, American Society of Transplantation
  29. 2007
    ChairScientific Session, Joint Meeting of the ASTS and AST, American Transplant Congress
  30. 2007 - present
    MemberAmerican Society of Transplantation
  31. 2007 - present
    MemberAmerican College of Physicians
  32. 2007 - present
    MemberArizona Medical Association
  33. 2005
    MemberTransplantation Disease Oriented Group, Mayo Clinic Arizona Task Forces
  34. 2002 - present
    MemberAmerican Society of Nephrology
  35.  
    MemberBiospecimen Subcommittee, Research Operations Management Team, Mayo Clinic Arizona Committees

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