Rasha El-Rifai

Assistant Professor of Medicine


Administrator Info
Name: Nephrology Division
Phone: 612-624-9444
Email: renaldiv@umn.edu
Fax: 612-626-3840

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.

Research Summary

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

Teaching Summary

  • Immunosuppression

  • Transplant Immunobiology

Clinical Summary

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


MD, American University

Honors and Recognition

Ambulatory Excellence Award, University Hospitals of Cleveland

Professional Memberships

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