Harini A. Chakkera, M.D

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Harini A. Chakkera, M.D

Harini Chakkera, M.D., MPH is Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine & Science. She is a transplant nephrologist and Chair of Division of Nephrology. She previously held the position of 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, clinical 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. Here 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.

She has been an active member of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and American Society of Transplantation (AST) and recognized as Fellow of both ASN and AST. She has held positions on several its committees and currently is 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. She has been consistently featured in the prestigious Marquis, Who’s Who in America and in 2017 received the Marquis Who’s Who in America Lifetime Achievement award.

  • 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


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

Awards and honors

  1. 2017
    Lifetime Achievement AwardMarquis Who’s Who in America
  2. 2016
    Recognized in 70th EditionMarquis Who’s Who in America
  3. 2015
    MemberMedical Advisory Board, National Kidney Foundation of Arizona
  4. 2015
    Recognized in 69th EditionMarquis Who’s Who in America
  5. 2014
    Recognized in 68th EditionMarquis Who’s Who in America
  6. 2012
    Recognized in Phoenix Super Doctors 2012Key Professional Media Inc.

Professional memberships

  1. 2017 – present
    ChairStudent Promotion and Assessment Review Committee, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, Department of Education Administration
  2. 2015 – 2018
    MemberEducation Committee, American Society of Transplantation
  3. 2015 – present
    MemberMedical Advisory Board, National Kidney Foundation of Arizona
  4. 2015 – 2017
    ChairSouthwest Nephrology Conference Planning Committee, National Kidney Foundation of Arizona
  5. 2015 – 2018
    MemberBlue Ribbon Panel on Career Development, American Society of Nephrology