Clifford Kashtan

Emeritus Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Faculty Member, Division of Pediatric Nephrology


Dr. Kashtan is a tenured Professor of Pediatrics and board-certified pediatric nephrologist with over 30 years of clinical experience. Dr. Kashtan has a particular interest in genetic kidney diseases. He is an internationally recognized authority on Alport syndrome, founder and Executive Director of the Alport Syndrome Treatments and Outcomes Registry (ASTOR), and a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Alport Syndrome Foundation. Dr. Kashtan has authored numerous original research articles, reviews and book chapters on the biology, diagnosis, and treatment of Alport syndrome. His original research articles on Alport syndrome include basic laboratory studies, animal experiments, and clinical research. Dr. Kashtan developed methods for diagnosing Alport syndrome by examining type IV collagen chains in kidney and skin biopsies. He is the author of the Alport syndrome entries at the online resources UpToDate and GeneReviews. He has lectured on Alport syndrome at numerous institutions and meetings, both nationally and internationally, to professional and lay audiences. Dr. Kashtan regularly consults with biopharmaceutical companies interested in developing novel therapies for Alport syndrome, including advising on clinical trial design, and has served as a site investigator for several clinical trials focused on Alport syndrome.

Clinical Summary

  • Pediatrics
  • Transplant Surgery
  • Pediatric Specialty Care-Discovery Clinic
  • Transplant Center
Clinical Interests:
  • Pediatric nephrology
  • Pediatric kidney transplantation
  • Pediatric dialysis


MD, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Residency in Pediatrics,
Boston City Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Clinical Fellowship in Pediatric Nephrology,
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, 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

Recognition of Excellence, University of Minnesota, Academic Health Center
Best Doctors in America®
Minneapolis - St. Paul “Top Doctors”, Minneapolis - St. Paul Magazine (2012-2018, 2020, 2021)
Minnesota Monthly “Top Doctors”, Minnesota Monthly Magazine (2017)
Castle Connolly “Top Doctor”



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

Administrative Contact

Lynette Lohse
Administrative Phone: 612-626-2974
Administrative Email: