Nada Alachkar, M.D.

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  • Medical Director, Incompatible Kidney Transplant Program
  • Associate Professor of Medicine

Languages: English, Arabic


Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis, Incompatible Kidney Transplant, Kidney Transplant, Nephrology, Pancreas Transplant more

Research Interests

Recurrent Glomerular Diseases in the Transplanted Kidney; Incompatible Kidney Transplant; High Immunologic Risk Kidney Transplant; Biomarker in Kidney transplant; Outcome of deceased donor kidney transplant recipients with positive crossmatch; Highly sensitized patients: response to desensitization treatments and post transplant outcome; Late AMR: response to therapy and outcome; Recurrence of atypical HUS; the role of Eculizumab; Recurrence of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis post kidney transplantation more

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Appointment Phone: 410-955-5045
600 N. Wolfe Street
Sheikh Zayed Tower Ross 971
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-5045 | Fax: 410-614-1643

Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center (now called Levi Watkins, Jr., M.D., Outpatient Center)

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601 N. Caroline St.
Baltimore, MD 21287 map


Dr. Nada Alachkar is an associate professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her areas of clinical expertise include incompatible kidney transplants, kidney transplants, nephrology and pancreas transplants.

Dr. Alachkar earned her M.D. at Aleppo University Faculty of Medicine in Syria. She completed residencies at Aleppo University and Wright State University School of Medicine. She performed clinical fellowship in nephrology and transplant nephrology fellowship at Johns Hopkins University.

Her research interests include recurrent glomerular diseases post kidney transplantation; in particular recurrent FSGS post transplant. Also, she is studying biomarkers in kidney transplants; outcome of living and deceased donor kidney transplant recipients with positive crossmatch; and responses to desensitization treatments and post-transplant outcome in highly sensitized patients. 

Dr. Alachkar is a member of the American Society of Nephrology and the American Society of Transplantation. more


  • Medical Director, Incompatible Kidney Transplant Program
  • Associate Professor of Medicine

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  • MD; Faculty of Medicine-Aleppo University (1994)


  • Internal Medicine; Faculty of Medicine-Aleppo University (1997)
  • Internal Medicine; Wright State University School of Medicine (2004)


  • Nephrology; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2008)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Nephrology) (2008)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Singer AL, Alachkar N, Montgomery RA, Zachary AA. “Reply to ‘Defining the benefits of desensitization therapy.’” Transplantation. 2013 Mar 27;95(6):e33. doi: 10.1097/TP.0b013e3182845ffb.

Alachkar N, Gupta G, Montgomery RA. “Angiotensin antibodies and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis.” N Engl J Med. 2013 Mar 7;368(10):971-3. doi: 10.1056/NEJMc1207233.

Sharif A, Alachkar N, Kraus E. “Incompatible kidney transplantation: a brief overview of the past, present and future.” QJM. 2012 Dec;105(12):1141-50. doi: 10.1093/qjmed/hcs154. Epub 2012 Aug 20. Review.

Alachkar N, Bagnasco SM, Montgomery RA. “Eculizumab for the treatment of two recurrences of atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome in a kidney allograft.” Transpl Int. 2012 Aug;25(8):e93-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1432-2277.2012.01497.x. Epub 2012 May 17.

Sharif A, Alachkar N, Bagnasco S, Geetha D, Gupta G, Womer K, Arend L, Racusen L, Montgomery R, Kraus E. “Incidence and outcomes of BK virus allograft nephropathy among ABO- and HLA-incompatible kidney transplant recipients.” Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2012 Aug;7(8):1320-7. doi: 10.2215/CJN.00770112. Epub 2012 May 24.

Alachkar N, Lonze BE, Zachary AA, Holechek MJ, Schillinger K, Cameron AM, Desai NM, Dagher NN, Segev DL, Montgomery RA, Singer AL. “Infusion of high-dose intravenous immunoglobulin fails to lower the strength of human leukocyte antigen antibodies in highly sensitized patients.” Transplantation. 2012 Jul 27;94(2):165-71. doi: 10.1097/TP.0b013e318253f7b6.

Latt N, Alachkar N, Gurakar A. “Hepatitis C virus and its renal manifestations: a review and update.” Gastroenterol Hepatol (N Y). 2012 Jul;8(7):434-45.

Sharif A, Zachary AA, Hiller J, Segev D, Alachkar N, Kraus ES, Desai NM, Dagher NN, Singer AL, Montgomery RA. “Rescue kidney paired donation as emergency salvage for failed desensitization.” Transplantation. 2012 Apr 15;93(7):e27-9. doi: 10.1097/TP.0b013e318249b10e.

Alachkar N. “Serum and urinary biomarkers in acute kidney transplant rejection.” Nephrol Ther. 2012 Feb;8(1):13-9. doi: 10.1016/j.nephro.2011.07.409. Epub 2011 Oct 21. Review.

Szabo Z, Alachkar N, Xia J, Mathews WB, Rabb H. “Molecular imaging of the kidneys.” Semin Nucl Med. 2011 Jan;41(1):20-8. doi: 10.1053/j.semnuclmed.2010.09.003.

Nada Alachkar; Hamid Rabb; Bernard G Jaar; Urinary biomarkers in acute kidney transplant dysfunction. Nephron. Clinical practice 2011;118(2):c173-81; discussion c181. 2011 

N Alachkar; R Ugarte; E Huang; K L Womer; R Montgomery; E Kraus; H Rabb; Stem cell factor, interleukin-16, and interleukin-2 receptor alpha are predictive biomarkers for delayed and slow graft function. Transplantation proceedings 2010;42(9):3399-405. 2010

C John Sperati; Nada Alachkar; Ronald Rodriguez; Mark Haas; Michael J Choi; Incidental discovery of a renal cell carcinoma on native kidney biopsy. American journal of kidney diseases : the official journal of the National Kidney Foundation 2010;56(1):175-80. 2010

Post Transplant Day 2 Serum and Urine Inflammatory Biomarkers Predict Early Acute Rejection and Acute Tubular Necrosis on Biopsy and Delayed Graft function; Nada Alachkar, Richard Ugarte, Edmund Huang, Karl Womer, Robert Montgomery, Edward Kraus and Hamid Rabb. Transplant Nephrology and Transplant Surgery, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. Poster presented at the ASN Renal Week in November 2008

Activities & Honors


  • Ranked first in class of final year of Medical School, Aleppo University


  • American Society of Nephrology
  • American Society of Transplantation 

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