About ASN

Theodore I. Steinman, MD, FASN, BRCU Faculty

ASN Biography

Theodore I. Steinman, MD, FASN, is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Founding Director of the Dialysis and Transplantation Program at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. He serves as a senior physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Brigham and Woman’s Hospital, Boston.

Dr. Steinman completed his undergraduate education at Penn State University and then completed his medical training at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. His medical internship and residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles was interrupted by the Vietnam War, in which he served as a Marine Battalion Surgeon from 1966–1967. His training then resumed with a second year of medical residency at Beth Israel Hospital from 1968–1969, and then nephrology fellowship training at Tufts New England Medical Center, with specific dialysis and transplantation training at Brigham & Women’s Hospital (then Peter Bent Brigham Hospital).

Dr. Steinman is past-president, Renal Physicians Association; past chairman, Scientific Advisory Committee, Polycystic Kidney Foundation (also serving 12 years on Board of Directors); past-president and chairman, National Kidney Foundation Region I. He was a member of the National Medical Advisory Board, designing the Kidney Disease Outcome Quality Initiative (K/DOQI). Continuous kidney research since 1970 has resulted in 180 peer-reviewed publications, 30 book chapters, 187 Proceedings and 146 abstracts.

Some of the awards Dr. Steinman has received include Physician of the Year (1995) from the National Kidney Foundation; Alumni Fellow of the Year (1996) from Penn State University; Jared J. Grantham Distinguished Achievement Award from the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation (2000); Outstanding Service Award (2004) from the National Kidney Foundation; 60th Anniversary National Outstanding Physician (2011) from the National Kidney Foundation; Medal of Excellence (2012) from the American Association of Kidney Patients; Lifetime Achievement Award in Education and Research (2016) from the International Society of Nephrology; Founders Award (2016) from Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C. He also delivered the Commencement Address at Penn State University in 2015.

Dr. Steinman resides in Brookline, MA with his wife, Carol, being married 51 years. They derive enormous pleasure from their 3 sons, 2 daughters-in-law and 5 grandchildren.