Rasha El-Rifai, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension

Rasha El-Rifai

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Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension

Transplant Physician; Nephrologist

MD, American University, Beirut

Residency, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Fellowship, Case Western Reserver University, Cleveland, OH

Fellowship, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL


Dr. El-Rifai earned her medical degree from the American University of Beirut. She completed her internal medicine residency, nephrology fellowship at University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University and transplant nephrology fellowship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She then joined the Nephrology faculty at MetroHealth, Case Western Reserve University where she initiated an outpatient transplant and glomerulonephritis clinic. She also served as the medical director of the Outpatient Hemodialysis unit at MetroHealth.

Awards & Recognition

  • Ambulatory Excellence Award, University Hospitals of Cleveland (2013)

Professional Associations

  • American Society of Transplantation
  • American Society of Nephrology
  • Renal Physician Association
  • American College of Physicians


Research Summary/Interests

  • Recurrent Glomerulonephritis Post Transplant
  • Recurrent Glomerulonephritis Post Transplant
  • Immune Monitoring in Kidney/Pancreas Transplant
  • Genetic Testing in Kidney Transplantation
  • BK Nephropathy


Academic Interests and Focus

Immunosuppression; Transplant Immunobiology


Clinical Interests

BK Nephropathy; Pregnancy in Kidney Transplant; Malignancy after Kidney Transplant