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George Bakris, MD

Professor of Medicine

Director, Comprehensive Hypertension Center

George Bakris, MD, specializes in the diagnosis and reduction of high blood pressure, particularly in complicated and refractory cases. He is also skilled in the treatment of kidney disease, with special expertise in diabetes-related kidney disease and slowing its progression. As director of the Comprehensive Hypertension Center he oversees the interpretation of Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM) for the institution, a technique that provides information about blood pressure over the 24 hour period, including during sleep.

In his research activities, Dr. Bakris explores why the rate of kidney disease is significantly higher in the black population than it is in other ethnic groups. He also evaluates specific markers of kidney disease progression and heightened cardiovascular risk, as well as how changes in the artery (central pressure) affect the heart and kidney.

Dr. Bakris has been extensively involved as either a principal investigator or on the steering committees of national and international trials involving diabetic kidney disease progression and resistant hypertension. Currently, he is the principal investigator of the FIDELIO trial evaluating a novel agent on progression of diabetic kidney disease. He is also on the steering committee of two other international trials involving agents that lower blood pressure or blood sugar and assessing effects on diabetic kidney disease progression. He recently completed studies on renal denervation for resistant hypertension and use of a recently FDA-approved agent, patiromer, for controlling serum potassium in high-risk people with advanced kidney disease. Lastly, he has served on many guidelines committees over the past 15 years and is currently the chair of the American Diabetes Association Blood Pressure Consensus Panel and a member of the American Heart Association panel updating resistant hypertension guidelines.

Practice Locations

Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

150 E. Huron Street
Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60611

Year Started Practice


Board Certifications

Internal Medicine

Medical School

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Sciences

Internship and Residency

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN


The University of Chicago Medicine


American College of Physicians
American Diabetes Association
American Hearth Association High Blood Pressure and Kidney Councils
American Society of Hypertension
American Society of Nephrology
National Kidney Foundation

Languages Spoken



Office Phone

(773) 702-7936

Office Fax

(773) 834-0486

Office Postal Address

George Bakris, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 1027
Chicago, IL 60637

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Physicians, to schedule ABPM placement and/or hypertension consultation, call (773) 702-7941 or (773) 834-4150 (150 E. Huron St. location).

Read More About Dr. Bakris

As director of the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Hypertension Center -- the first national center to receive an American Society of Hypertension (ASH) designation in Chicago -- Dr. Bakris and his team develop individualized treatment plans for patients who have high blood pressure that is difficult to manage. Read more about our ASH designation.

Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Bakris' publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.