Clifford Kashtan, MD

Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Clifford Kashtan

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-626-2922

Fax 612-626-2791

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

Administrative Assistant Name
Lynette Lohse

Administrative Phone

Administrative Email

Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Faculty Member, Division of Pediatric Nephrology

Pediatric Nephrologist

MD, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Residency in Pediatrics, Boston City Hospital, Boston, MA

Clinical Fellowship in Pediatric Nephrology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Fellowship in Pediatric Nephrology, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN


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.

Awards & Recognition

  • Castle Connolly “Top Doctor”
  • Minneapolis - St. Paul “Top Doctors” (2012-2018, 2020, 2021)
  • Minnesota Monthly “Top Doctors” (2017)
  • Best Doctors in America® (2011-2013)
  • Recognition of Excellence, University of Minnesota, Academic Health Center (2001)
  • Alport “Asparagus” Award “for distinguished service in elucidation of the immune manifestations of Alport syndrome,” Alport Study, University of Utah (1999)
  • National Kidney Foundation Young Investigator (1987-1989)



  • Pediatrics
  • Transplant Surgery


Pediatric Specialty Care-Discovery Clinic;Transplant Center

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics
  • American Board of Pediatrics - Pediatric Nephrology

Clinical Interests

Pediatric nephrology; Pediatric kidney transplantation; Pediatric dialysis