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Ramin Tolouian MD, FASN

    • Title:
    • Associate Professor

    • Role:
    • Faculty

    • Faculty Appointments:
    • 2013-Current   

      Associate Professor of Medicine
      Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA
      Chief, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension



      Associate Professor of Medicine
      Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, El Paso, TX
      Division of Nephrology and Hypertension



      Assistant Professor of Medicine
      Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, El Paso, TX
      Division of Nephrology and Hypertension



      Adjunct Faculty - Assistant Professor of Medicine
      University of Texas, El Paso (UTEP), School of Nursing, El Paso, TX


    • Additional Certifications:
    • Focus Areas:
      • Vascular Calcification / Mineral Bone Disease in Chronic Kidney Disease
      • Diabetic Nephropathy
    • Contact Info:
    • Office Location:
    • Williams Hall

    • Undergraduate Education:
    • Graduate Education:
    • Postdoctoral Education:
    • Medical Education:
    • Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences

    • Residency:
    • Internal Medicine, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences
      Internal Medicine, Yale School of Medicine/Griffin Hospital

    • Fellowship(s):
    • Transplant, Nuffield Transplant Surgery Unit, Western General Hospital (Edinburgh, UK)
      Nephrology, Tehran University of Medical Sciences
      Nephrology, University of Southern California

    • Board Certification(s):
    • American Board of Internal Medicine, Nephrology

    • Affiliation(s):
    • National Kidney Foundation (NKF)
      American Nephrology Council
      Fellow of American Society of Nephrology (FASN)
      American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

    • Research Interests:
    • Vascular calcification and dysregulation of bone and mineral metabolism in end stage renal disease (ESRD) with special attention to pyrophosphate as causative factor.

      Looking for a biomarker that predicts and distinguishes the course of diabetes complication.

    • Primary Specialty:
    • Nephrology and Hypertension

    • Hospital:
    • Sentara Norfolk General Hospital

    • Courses Taught:
    • Current Projects:
    • Bio:
    • Ramin Tolouian, MD, FASN currently is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at Eastern Virginia Medical School.


      Dr. Tolouian received his medical degree from Beheshti University of Medical Sciences in Tehran, Iran, followed by his internal medicine residency.  He completed his renal transplant fellowship at Western General Hospital located in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.  Dr. Tolouian served his second nephrology fellowship at Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Tehran, Iran.  In the United States, he completed his internal medicine residency at Yale School of Medicine/Griffin Hospital located in Derby, Conn.  Dr. Tolouian served his nephrology fellowship for the third time at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA.  He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine for internal medicine and nephrology.  Dr. Tolouian is a fellow of the American Society of Nephrology and a member of the National Kidney Foundation and the American Nephrology Council.


      Dr. Tolouian is a principal investigator or co-investigator in several key clinical trials, as well as an invited presenter or lecturer at numerous medical conferences.  As author or co-author, his work has been published in many leading medical journals. His research interest is in the field of vascular calcification and diabetic nephropathy.


  • Tolouian R, Mulla ZD, Diaz J, Aguila J, Ramos-Duran L: Liver and cardiac iron deposition in patients on chronic hemodialysis by Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) T2*. Submitted to British Journal of Renal disease April 2014
  • Aravind Chandra, Michael Biersmith, Ramin Tolouian: Obesity and kidney protection. Accepted in Journal of Nephropathology. March 2014
  • Jongha Park, Connie M Rhee, John J Sim, Yong-Lim Kim, Joni Ricks, Elani Streja, Tania Vashistha, Ramin Tolouian, Csaba P Kovesdy, Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh: A Comparative effectiveness research study of the change in blood pressure during hemodialysis treatment and survival. Kidney International (2013) 84, 795–802
  • Tolouian R, Rajabi B, Bilbao J Boman D, Gupta A: Iron infusion and deposition in the kidney. Clinical Nephrology, 2013; 79(3):237-240
  • Ramin Tolouian, German T Hernandez; Prediction of diabetic nephropathy: The need for a sweet biomarker. J Nephropathology. 2013; 2(1): 4-5
  • Mehdi Rambod, Ramin Tolouian; Dietary Sodium and Clinical Outcome in Hemodialysis: Where Do We Stand and What Is Next? Kidney International (2012) 82, 130 – 132
  • Ramin Tolouian, Sean Connery, W. Charles O’Neill and Ajay Gupta: An improved method for measuring plasma pyrophosphate levels in clinical practice-using a filtration technique to isolate platelet free plasma. Clin. Lab. 2012;58:1129-1134