Dr. Peter IvanovichAttending Nephrologist at the
Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
Peter Ivanovich, M.D., is Attending Nephrologist at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center and a professor of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has pioneered research in dialysis, vascular access for dialysis, kidney preservation, and erythropoiesis stimulating agents.
Dr. Ivanovich is past president of the International Society for Artificial Organs and the World Apheresis Association, fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, a member of the Leibniz Societaet and the recipient of numerous national and international awards.
Secondary hyperparathyroidism and metabolic bone disease in chronic kidney disease patients. Dr. Ivanovich pursued research interest in hyperparathyroidism and metabolic bone disease as an endocrinology fellow. Dr. Belding Scribner invited him to join his Division at the University of Washington to conduct experiments in quantifying calcium kinetics during dialysis sessions. The outcome of those studies led to changes in dialysate composition that resulted in less severe metabolic bone disease in patients with chronic kidney disease that were dialysis dependent.
Vascular Access in patients with acute and chronic kidney disease. Dr. Ivanovich learned the placement of the Quinton-Scribner Teflon/silicone rubber hemodialysis shunt during his fellowship in Seattle. With his appointment at Northwestern University and the Lakeside VA Medical Center he trained renal fellows to implant the Quinton-Scribner shunts in patients with acute and chronic kidney disease requiring hemodialysis. He also became one of the first US nephrologists to place arterio-venous (AV) fistulae for hemodialysis access in patients with chronic kidney disease and to develop new approaches for AV fistula placement.
Blood-hemodialysis membrane interaction and improvement of hemodialysis technology. Dr. Ivanovich conducted some of the earliest studies of the cellular and other physiological alterations in the blood of patients with kidney disease that comes in contact with non-physiologic materials required in this form of extracorporeal treatment. He has collaborated with manufacturers of dialysis membranes and equipment to improve safety and enhance comfort for hemodialysis patients.
Research Fellow - Medical Faculty of Zagreb, Zagreb, Yugoslavia
Assistant and Senior Fellow - University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA
Post Doctoral Course in Internal Medicine - Harvard University Medical School, Cambridge, MA
Intern - St. Mary's Hospital, San Francisco, CA
Assistant Resident - St. Mary's Hospital, San Francisco, CA
Assistant Resident - Southern Pacific and St. Mary's Hospital, San Francisco, CA
Undergraduate & Doctoral Training
St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO
Seattle University, Seattle, WA