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Elif Erkan, MD

Job Title Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
4401 Penn Avenue, Suite Floor 3
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
412-692-5182 Phone
412-692-7443 Fax

Education and Training

Medical School:

1990 Ankara University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey


1997 Marmara University of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey
2002 Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY


2000 Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY


  • American Society of Nephrology
  • American Society of Pediatric Nephrology
  • International Pediatric Nephrology Association

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics
  • American Board of Pediatric Nephrology


  • 1999-2001 Clinical Fellowship Award, National Kidney Foundation, NY/NJ
  • 2000 Fellow's Basic Research Award, Society for Pediatric Research SPR/PAS, Boston
  • 2003-2004 Young Investigator Award, Kidney and Urology Foundation of America


  • Elif Erkan, Clotilde Garcia, Frederick J. Kaskel, Prasad Devarajan. Induction of renal tubular cell apoptosis in FSGS: Roles of proteinuria and Fas-dependent pathways. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2005 Feb; 16(2): 398-407. Epub 2004 Dec 15.
  • Elif Erkan, Prasad Devarajan, George Schwartz. Differential apoptotic responses of proximal and distal tubule cells to albumin exposure. Am J Nephrol. 2005;25(2):121-131. Epub 2005 Apr 5.
  • Elif Erkan, Prasad Devarajan, George Schwartz. Mitochondria are the major targets in albumin induced apoptosis in proximal tubule cells. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2007 Apr;18(4):1199-208. Epub 2007 Mar 14.

    View Dr. Erkan's full list of publications from PubMed.

Research Interests

  • Role of proteinuria in progression of kidney diseases
  • Albumin induced proximal tubule cell death
  • Mechanism of albumin endocytosis in kidney
  • Epithelial mesenchymal transformation (EMT) and proteinuria
Last Update
October 6, 2009
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Last Update
October 6, 2009