Sarah Elfering

Assistant Professor of Medicine


Administrator Info
Name: Nephrology
Phone: 612-624-9444
Fax: 612-626-3840
Mail: 717 Delaware Street SE
Suite 353
MMC 1932
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Dr. Sarah Elfering has earned her medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at the Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Oregon and returned to the University of Minnesota Medical School for her Nephrology Fellowship. Dr. Elfering's clinical and research interests include medical management of kidney stones, chronic kidney disease and dialysis.

Research Summary

  • Medical Management of Kidney Stones
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Dialysis
  • Genetic Kidney Diseases

Research Projects

  • Contamination Resistant Interconnection for Reducing Peritoneal Dialysis Associated Peritonitis (2020-2021)
  • I-Corps: Sterile Connection Interface Technology (2019-2020)
  • Reducing infection risks on in pediatric patients on peritoneal dialysis (2019)

Clinical Summary

  • Medical Management of Kidney Stones
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Dialysis
  • Internal Medicine
  • Genetic Kidney Diseases


MD, University of Minnesota

Honors and Recognition

Winchell Award, Minnesota Academy of Sciences
Poster Winner of National Associates Abstract Competition, American College of Physicians National Meeting
Herz Faculty Teaching Development Award
Education Excellence Award
Minnesota Board of Medical Practice
Top Doctor: Rising Stars, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

Professional Memberships

American Society of Nephrology
Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Traaseth, N., Elfering, S., Solien, J., Haynes, V., & Giulivi, C. (2004). Role of calcium signaling in the activation of mitochondrial nitric oxide synthase and citric acid cycle. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, 1658(1-2), 64-71.,
Haynes, V., Elfering, S., Traaseth, N., & Giulivi, C. (2004). Mitochondrial nitric-oxide synthase: enzyme expression, characterization, and regulation. Journal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes, 36(4), 341-346.,
Mazzanti, R., Solazzo, M., Fantappié, O., Elfering, S., Pantaleo, P., Bechi, P., Cianchi, F., Ettl, A., & Giulivi, C. (2006). Differential expression proteomics of human colon cancer. American Journal of Physiology - Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology, 290(6), G1329-G1338.,
Oursler, M., Bradley, E., Elfering, S., & Giulivi, C. (2005). Native, not nitrated, cytochrome c and mitochondria-derived hydrogen peroxide drive osteoclast apoptosis. American Journal of Physiology: Cell Physiology, 288(1), C156-C168.,
Haynes, V., Traaseth, N., Elfering, S., Fujisawa, Y., & Giulivi, C. (2010). Nitration of specific tyrosines in FoF1 ATP synthase and activity loss in aging. American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism, 298(5), E978-E987.,