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Michelle M. Estrella, M.D., M.H.S.

Michelle Mae Estrella, M.D., M.H.S.
Associate Fellowship Program Director
Assistant Professor of Medicine


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  • Associate Fellowship Program Director
  • Assistant Co-Director of the Renal Disease Epidemiology Training Program
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine



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Epidemiology, Kidney Diseases, Nephrology


Dr. Michelle M. Estrella is an assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her areas of clinical expertise include epidemiology, kidney diseases and nephrology.

Dr. Estrella serves as associate director of the Nephrology Fellowship Program and assistant co-director of the Renal Disease Epidemiology Training Program.

She received her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and completed her residency in internal medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She performed her fellowship in nephrology at Johns Hopkins and also received a master’s degree in health science from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Her research interests include epidemiological and translational studies focused on kidney disease and its consequences, particularly among HIV-infected individuals. She is also focused on the discovery and utility of renal biomarkers in the context of several kidney diseases and in the epidemiological research of chronic kidney disease and nephrotic syndromes. more

    Additional Information

  • Education +


    • University of Texas Medical School at Houston / MD (2001)


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Internal Medicine (2004)


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Nephrology (2006)


    • American Board of Internal Medicine / Nephrology (2006)
  • Research & Publications +

    Selected Publications

    1. Murakami CA, Attia D, Carter-Monroe N, Lucas GM, Estrella MM, et al. "The clinical characteristics and pathological patterns of postinfectious glomerulonephritis in HIV-infected patients." PLoS ONE. 2014;9(10). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0108398.
    2. Lang J, Scherzer R, Tien PC, Parikh CR, Anastos K, Estrella MM, Abraham AG, Sharma A, Cohen MH, Butch AW, Nowicki M, Grunfeld C, Shlipak MG. "Serum albumin and kidney function decline in HIV-infected women." Am J Kidney Dis. 2014 Oct;64(4):584-91. doi: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2014.05.015. Epub 2014 Jul 22.
    3. Foy M, Sperati CJ, Lucas GM, Estrella MM. "Drug interactions and antiretroviral drug monitoring." Curr HIV/AIDS Rep. 2014 Sep;11(3):212-22. doi: 10.1007/s11904-014-0212-1.
    4. Lambert AA, Drummond MB, Mehta SH, Brown TT, Lucas GM, Kirk GD, Estrella MM. "Risk factors for vitamin D deficiency among HIV-infected and uninfected injection drug users." PLoS One. 2014 Apr 22;9(4). doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0095802.
    5. Ng DK, Jacobson LP, Brown TT, Palella FJ Jr, Martinson JJ, Bolan R, Miller ER 3rd, Schwartz GJ, Abraham AG, Estrella MM. "HIV therapy, metabolic and cardiovascular health are associated with glomerular hyperfiltration among men with and without HIV infection." AIDS. 2014 Jan 28;28(3):377-86. doi: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000000094.
    6. Gregory M Lucas; Yuezhou Jing; Mark Sulkowski; Alison G Abraham; Michelle M Estrella; Mohamed G Atta; Derek M Fine; Marina B Klein; Michael J Silverberg; M John Gill; et al. Hepatitis C viremia and the risk of chronic kidney disease in HIV-infected individuals. The Journal of infectious diseases 2013;208(8):1240-9. 2013
    7. Michelle M Estrella; Christina M Wyatt; C Leigh Pearce; Man Li; Michael G Shlipak; Bradley E Aouizerat; Deborah Gustafson; Mardge H Cohen; Stephen J Gange; W H Linda Kao; et al. Host APOL1 genotype is independently associated with proteinuria in HIV infection. Kidney international 2013;84(4):834-40. 2013
    8. Vasantha Jotwani; Rebecca Scherzer; Alison G Abraham, Michelle M Estrella; Michael Bennett; Prasad Devarajan; Kathyrn Anastos; Margaret H Cohen, Nowicki M; Anjali Sharma; Mary Young; Phyllis C Tien; Carl Grunfeld; Chirag R Parikh; Michael G Shlipak. Does HIV infection promote early kidney injury? Antiviral Therapy. 2013 Aug 23. doi: 10.3851/IMP2677
    9. Bhavna Bhasin; Bryan Lau; Mohamed G Atta; Derek M Fine; Michelle M Estrella; George J Schwartz; Greg M. Lucas. HIV Viremia and T-Cell Activation Differentially Affect the Performance of Glomerular Filtration Rate Equations Based on Creatinine and Cystatin C. PLOSOne 2013; Dec 23;8(12):e82028. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone. 0082028.
    10. Alison G Abraham; Xiuhong Li; Lisa P Jacobson; Michelle M Estrella; Rhobert W Evans; Mallory D Witt; John Phair; Antiretroviral therapy-induced changes in plasma lipids and the risk of kidney dysfunction in HIV-infected men. AIDS research and human retroviruses 2013;29(10):1346-52. 2013
    11. Todd H Driver; Rebecca Scherzer; Carmen A Peralta; Phyllis C Tien; Michelle M Estrella; Chirag R Parikh; Anthony W Butch; Kathryn Anastos; Mardge H Cohen; Marek Nowicki; et al. Comparisons of creatinine and cystatin C for detection of kidney disease and prediction of all-cause mortality in HIV-infected women. AIDS (London, England) 2013;27(14):2291-9. 2013
    12. Matthew C Foy; Michelle M Estrella; Gregory M Lucas; Faryal Tahir; Derek M Fine; Richard D Moore; Mohamed G Atta; Comparison of risk factors and outcomes in HIV immune complex kidney disease and HIV-associated nephropathy. Clinical journal of the American Society of Nephrology : CJASN 2013;8(9):1524-32. 2013
    13. Michelle M Estrella; Bernard G Jaar; Kerri L Cavanaugh;Chet H Fox; Mark A Parazella; Soman S Sandeep; Emily Howell; Michael V Rocco, Michael J Choi. Perceptions and use of the national kidney foundation KDOQI guidelines: a survey of U.S. renal healthcare providers. BMC Nephrology 2013;Oct 24;14(1):230
    14. Bhavna Bhasin; Michelle M Estrella; Michael J Choi; Online CKD education for medical students, residents, and fellows: training in a new era. Advances in chronic kidney disease 2013;20(4):347-56. 2013
    15. Michelle M Estrella; Alison G Abraham; Yuezhou Jing; Rulan S Parekh; Phyllis C Tien; Dan Merenstein; Celeste Leigh Pearce; Kathryn Anastos; Mardge H Cohen; Jack A Dehovitz; et al. Antiretroviral-treated HIV-infected women have similar long-term kidney function trajectories as HIV-uninfected women. AIDS research and human retroviruses 2013;29(5):755-60. 2013
    16. Alison G Abraham; Frank J Palella; Xiuhong Li; Michelle M Estrella; Lawrence A Kingsley; Mallory D Witt; Lisa P Jacobson; The impact of impaired kidney function and HIV infection on the risk of anemia. AIDS research and human retroviruses 2012;28(12):1666-71. 2012
    17. Mohamed G Atta; Michelle M Estrella; Michael Kuperman; Matthew C Foy; Derek M Fine; Lorraine C Racusen; Gregory M Lucas; George W Nelson; Andrew C Warner; Cheryl A Winkler; et al. HIV-associated nephropathy patients with and without apolipoprotein L1 gene variants have similar clinical and pathological characteristics. Kidney international 2012;82(3):338-43. 2012
    18. Teresa K Chen; Michelle M Estrella; Derek M Fine; Predictors of kidney biopsy complication among patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Lupus 2012;21(8):848-54. 2012
    19. Rebecca Scherzer; Michelle Estrella; Yongmei Li; Andy I Choi; Steven G Deeks; Carl Grunfeld; Michael G Shlipak; Association of tenofovir exposure with kidney disease risk in HIV infection. AIDS (London, England) 2012;26(7):867-75. 2012
    20. Derek M Fine; Walter G Wasser; Michelle M Estrella; Mohamed G Atta; Michael Kuperman; Revital Shemer; Arun Rajasekaran; Shay Tzur; Lorraine C Racusen; Karl Skorecki; APOL1 risk variants predict histopathology and progression to ESRD in HIV-related kidney disease. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology : JASN 2012;23(2):343-50. 2012
    21. Michelle M Estrella; Gregory D Kirk; Shruti H Mehta; Todd T Brown; Derek M Fine; Mohamed G Atta; Gregory M Lucas; Vitamin D deficiency and persistent proteinuria among HIV-infected and uninfected injection drug users. AIDS (London, England) 2012;26(3):295-302. 2012
    22. Michelle M Estrella; Stephen D Sisson; Jennifer Roth; Michael J Choi; Efficacy of an internet-based tool for improving physician knowledge of chronic kidney disease: an observational study. BMC nephrology 2012;13():126. 2012
    23. Elizabeth George; Girish N Nadkarni; Michelle M Estrella; Gregory M Lucas; C John Sperati; Mohamed G Atta; Derek M Fine; The impact of hepatitis C coinfection on kidney disease related to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV): a biopsy study. Medicine 2011;90(5):289-95. 2011
    24. Michelle M Estrella; Rulan S Parekh; Brad C Astor; Robert Bolan; Rhobert W Evans; Frank J Palella; Lisa P Jacobson; Chronic kidney disease and estimates of kidney function in HIV infection: a cross-sectional study in the multicenter AIDS cohort study. Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999) 2011;57(5):380-6. 2011
    25. Michelle M Estrella; Mohamed G Atta; Hamid Rabb; Kidney transplantation in HIV-infected patients. American journal of kidney diseases : the official journal of the National Kidney Foundation 2011;58(1):10-2. 2011
    26. Morgan E Grams; Michelle M Estrella; Josef Coresh; Roy G Brower; Kathleen D Liu; Fluid balance, diuretic use, and mortality in acute kidney injury. Clinical journal of the American Society of Nephrology : CJASN 2011;6(5):966-73. 2011
    27. Aastha Sethi; Michelle M Estrella; Richard Ugarte; Mohamed G Atta; Kidney function and mortality post-liver transplant in the Model for End-Stage Liver Disease era. International journal of nephrology and renovascular disease 2011;4():139-44. 2011
    28. Michelle M Estrella; Rulan S Parekh; Alison Abraham; Brad C Astor; Lynda A Szczech; Kathryn Anastos; Jack A Dehovitz; Daniel J Merenstein; C Leigh Pearce; Phyllis C Tien; et al. The impact of kidney function at highly active antiretroviral therapy initiation on mortality in HIV-infected women. Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999) 2010;55(2):217-20. 2010
    29. Michelle M Estrella; Brad C Astor; Anna Köttgen; Elizabeth Selvin; Josef Coresh; Rulan S Parekh; Prevalence of kidney disease in anaemia differs by GFR-estimating method: the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (1988-94). Nephrology, dialysis, transplantation : official publication of the European Dialysis and Transplant Association - European Renal Association 2010;25(8):2542-8. 2010
    30. Michelle M Estrella; Chistopher J Sperati; Wen H L Kao; Rulan S Parekh; Genetic epidemiology of chronic kidney disease. Current opinion in nephrology and hypertension 2010;19(3):283-91. 2010
    31. Michelle M Estrella; Derek M Fine; Screening for chronic kidney disease in HIV-infected patients. Advances in chronic kidney disease 2010;17(1):26-35. 2010
    32. Michelle Estrella; Derek M Fine; Joel E Gallant; M Hafizur Rahman; Nagapradeep Nagajothi; Lorraine C Racusen; Paul J Scheel; Mohamed G Atta; HIV type 1 RNA level as a clinical indicator of renal pathology in HIV-infected patients. Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America 2006;43(3):377-80. 2006
    33. Michelle Estrella; Sara E Cosgrove; Cases from the Osler Medical Service at Johns Hopkins University. Bartonella henselae infection of the liver and spleen. The American journal of medicine 2002;113(4):344-6. 2002
  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +
  • Activities & Honors +


    • Medical Honor Society, Alpha Omega Alpha , 2000
    • Loan Repayment Program for Health Disparities Research, National Institutes of Health , 2010
    • Junior Faculty Excellence in Clinical Research, Department of Medicine, , Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2012


    • American Society of Nephrology
    • National Kidney Foundation

    Professional Activities

    • Womens Interagency HIV Study¬†
    • Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study
    • The North American AIDS Cohort Collaboration on Research and Design
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