Priya Verghese, MD, MPH

Division Head, Nephrology (Kidney Diseases); Medical Director, Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program; Isaac A. Abt, MD Professorship in Kidney Diseases

Professor of Pediatrics (Nephrology), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine



Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

225 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60611

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Priya Verghese, MBBS (MD), MPH, is a pediatric nephrologist with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Having been born and brought up in the United States, she moved to India at the impressionable age of ten and eventually secured admission into one of India’s top five medical colleges. She returned to the USA to complete pediatric residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she declined an invitation to be chief resident to pursue a pediatric nephrology fellowship and a subsequent transplant fellowship at the University of Washington while simultaneously earning a degree in the Master of Public Health in Epidemiology. She moved to Minnesota in July 2009 where she served over a decade as a nephrologist, a medical director for pediatric kidney transplant, and the president of the hospital clinical service unit board and more.

She moved to Chicago and started as Division Head of the Pediatric Nephrology Division at Lurie Children's on January 2nd, 2020. Since her arrival, she has revamped the division to reduce patient wait times, create a unique service model to meet the needs of the patients, increased the division’s research profile and formalized the educational curriculum of the nephrology training program for medical students, residents and fellows.

Nationally she is an acclaimed transplant nephrologist; has several publications in high impact journals and is invited to speak across the world to share her transplant expertise and research. She serves as a patient advocate through her work with the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology (where she is currently a council member), the American Society of Transplantation and the United Network of Organ Sharing.

Her vision for the Division of Nephrology at Lurie Children's is: 

  • To build a world-class team for health-care delivery for all children with kidney related problems
  • To be the site of choice for children in Illinois, and beyond
  • To be a leader in innovation in clinical and translational research leading the way for the next generation
  • To be outstanding teachers for the next generation of nephrologists

Clinical Interests

Kidney transplant, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, advanced chronic kidney disease and dialysis, cystinosis, nephrotic syndrome

Education & Training

Education: Master of Public Health, University of Washington, 2008; Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery, Kasturba Medical College, India, 2000

Postgraduate Training: Fellowship in pediatric transplant nephrology, University of Washington, 2009; Fellowship in pediatric nephrology, University of Washington, 2005-2008; Residency in pediatrics, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, 2002-2005

Board Certifications: Pediatric nephrology