Division of Nephrology
Sites of Practice: 
University of Washington Medical Center

Faculty Information


Dr. Stuart Shankland, formerly Division Head of the Division of Nephrology at the University of Washington (16 years).

A nephrologist who directly cares for patients living with kidney disease, Dr. Shankland is an internationally recognized educator, and a National Institutes of Health funded leader in basic biomedical research dedicated to investigating glomerular disease at the bedside in order to ultimately benefit patients. He studies kidney regeneration, responses to kidney injury in disease, how potential therapies might impact outcomes at a molecular level, and how aging impacts kidney biology. 

Dr. Shankland received his M.D. from the University of Cape Town Medical School in South Africa, completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Nephrology Fellowship at the University of Toronto in Canada. He received his M.B.A. from the University of Washington.  

Dr. Shankland has served on numerous grant review committees and scientific advisory boards, and he has held leadership positions in many leading national and international nephrology societies, including currently serving as Treasurer for the International Society of Nephrology. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, and Seminars in Nephrology, and is on the editorial board of Nephron Experimental Nephrology. 

Dr. Shankland has authored more than 175 peer-reviewed publications.

National and International Responsibilities:

Editorial Board, Seminar in Nephrology, 2007-present

American Society of Nephrology Program Director Executive Committee, 2006-present

International Podocyte Conference Organizing Committee, 2004-present

Chair, International Podocyte Conference, 2004

Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, NIH Consensus on Glomerular Disease,

Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, International Congress of Nephrology,

American Society of Nephrology Scientific Program Committee, 2002

Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, World Congress of Nephrology, 2001-04

Editorial Board, Kidney International, 2000-present

Education & Training: 
Master of Business Administration
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Nephrology Fellowship
University of Toronto
Toronto, ON Canada
Medicine Residency
University of Toronto
Toronto, ON Canada
Medical School
University of Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa
The Marilyn Farquhar Award for Podocyte Biology
Elected to the Fellowship of the American College of Physicians (FACP)
Fellow, American Heart Association (FAHA)
Member, Association of American Physicians
Fellow, American Society of Nephrology (FASN)
Member, American Society for Clinical Investigators
Fellow, American Chandlos Award, British Renal Association
University of Toronto Post-Graduate Fellowship Award (The Chisolm Memorial Award), Canada
(206) 543-3792
Mailing Address: 
University of Washington
Division of Nephrology
Box 356521, BB1265 
1959 NE Pacific St.
Seattle, WA 98195
Research & Clinical Interests
Research Interests: 
  • Podocyte biology in normal and diseased states
  • Cell cycle proteins in kidney disease
  • Molecular and cellular events in diabetic kidney disease
  • Mechanisms of proteinuria
Clinical Interests: 
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Diabetic kidney disease
  • Proteinuria