Blanche Chavers

Emeritus Professor & Clinical Research Medical Director, Division of Pediatric Nephrology
Faculty, Department of Pediatrics


Dr. Chavers completed her fellowship in Pediatric Nephrology at the University of Minnesota and joined the faculty in 1982. She has been a Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Nephrology since 1999. Dr. Chavers has a strong background in clinical research and was the Clinical Research Medical Director in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota from 2014 to 2018. Her research interests include health outcomes in children with chronic kidney disease and, in particular, in children on chronic dialysis and those undergoing kidney transplantation. She has researched cardiovascular disease in children undergoing chronic dialysis and has published the results of studies that have led to the development of immunosuppression protocols that have advanced the outcomes of kidney transplantation in children less than 2 years of age. She serves on the Observational Study Monitoring Board for the National Institutes of Health sponsored Chronic Kidney Disease in Childhood long-term study. Dr. Chavers is the Principal Investigator for a study sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control that evaluates urine albumin levels in the healthy US population as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

Clinical Summary

Cardiovascular disease in children with kidney disease; Diabetic nephrology; Kidney transplants; Pediatric dialysis; Pediatric kidney transplantation; Nephrology; Pediatric Nephrology


MD, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Residency in Pediatrics,
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington, United States
Fellowship in Pediatric Nephrology,
University of Minnesota Medical School
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Licensures and Certifications

Pediatric Nephrology, American Board of Pediatrics
Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics

Honors and Recognition

Best Doctors in America®
American Society of Pediatric Nephrology (ASPN) Founders’ Award (2023)
Clinical Scholar/Research Award, University of Minnesota Health
Castle Connolly “Top Doctor”
Minnesota Monthly “Top Doctors”, Minnesota Monthly Magazine
Minneapolis - St. Paul “Top Doctors”, Minneapolis - St. Paul Magazine
Outstanding Mentor Award, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota



Pediatric Nephrology
Academic Office Building
2450 Riverside Ave S AO-201
Minneapolis, MN 55454