Harini A. Chakkera, M.D.

  1. Nephrologist
  2. Internist

Harini Chakkera, M.D., is a transplant nephrologist and medical director of the Pancreas Transplant Program.

Areas of clinical expertise include:

  • Determination of eligibility for kidney and pancreas transplant
  • Living-donor evaluation to determine suitability
  • Providing complex coordination and care 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, practice and research. In addition to her clinical activities, Dr. Chakkera is active in research and education. She was responsible for transforming the Internal Medicine resident rotation in Nephrology. Additionally, she was instrumental in the initiation of two fellowships (the Nephrology Fellowship and Transplant Nephrology Fellowship) and is the block leader for renal block in the Mayo Medical School (now Mayo Clinic School of Medicine) in Arizona. She is the fellowship program director for both the General Nephrology Fellowship and Transplant Nephrology Fellowship programs. She is the chair of the Student Promotion and Assessment Committee, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, Arizona. She provides mentorship to several residents and fellows.

Dr. Chakkera is recognized as a national and international content expert in the areas of metabolic disease and diabetes associated with transplantation. 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.

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 the last 3 years, she has been consistently featured in the prestigious Marquis, Who’s Who in America.

  1. Kidney transplant
  2. Pancreas transplant
  • 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. 2016
    Recognized in 70th EditionMarquis Who's Who in America
  2. 2015
    MemberMedical Advisory Board, National Kidney Foundation of Arizona
  3. 2015
    Recognized in 69th EditionMarquis Who's Who in America
  4. 2014
    Recognized in 68th EditionMarquis Who's Who in America
  5. 2012
    Recognized in Phoenix Super Doctors 2012Key Professional Media Inc.
  6. 2011
    Recipient of 2011 Research Early Career Development AwardMayo Foundation
  7. 2011
    Recipient of Clinical Practice Innovation-10 Grant; Topic: Establish a Renal Studies Unit at Mayo Clinic in ArizonaMayo Clinic in Arizona
  8. 2011
    Recognized in 8th Edition of Marquis Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare in AmericaMarquis Who's Who
  9. 2008
    Recipient of the NIH KL2RR 24151 Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Career Development Award: NIH Roadmap/NCRRNational Institutes of Health
  10. 2007
    America's Top PhysiciansConsumers' Research Council of America
  11. 2003
    Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Award NIH F-32 DK 065349-01. Individual fellowship award NIHNational Institutes of Health
  12. 2003
    Clinical Science Fellowship GrantAmerican Society of Transplantation
  13. 2001
    Recipient of NIH T32DK 07219 Fellowship GrantNational Institutes of Health
  14. 1999
    AST Distinguished Fellow Research Forum PresenterAnnual Transplant Fellows Research Symposium
  15. 1998
    WinnerNational American College of Physicians Clinical Vignette Abstract Competition
  16. 1997
    FinalistNational American College of Physicians Poster Competition
  17. 1996
    WinnerRegional American College of Physicians Clinical Vignette Poster Competition
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Professional memberships

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

Research activities

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