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Songul Celebi Onder, MD

Academic Title:

Associate Professor

Primary Appointment:


Administrative Title:

Section Chief of Nephrology, UM Midtown Campus

Additional Title:

Chief of Nephrology, Midtown Campus


Department of Medicine Division of Nephrology 827 Linden Ave, Office M7S706 Baltimore, MD 21201

Phone (Primary):


Education and Training

  • Uludag University, School of Medicine Bursa, Turkey, MD, 1996
  • University of Istanbul, Istanbul School of Medicine, Istanbul Turkey, Internal Medicine Residency, 2001
  • University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Surgery, Miami, FL, Transplant Surgery Internship, 2005          
  • Orlando Healthcare, Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, FL, Internal Medicine Internship, 2006
  • West Virginia University, Ruby Memorial Hospital. Morgantown, WV, Internal Medicine Residency, 2008
  • West Virginia University, Ruby Memorial Hospital Morgantown, WV, Nephrology Fellowship, 2010 


Dr. Onder is trained in Medicine United States and Turkey. She has over 20 years of clinical experience at multiple cities nationally and internationally. Her research has been focused on vasculitis syndromes and chronic kidney disease. She is interested in establishing subspecialty clinics to provide the best possible care for patients and improve research opportunities and clinical outcomes for patients. She has established Hereditary Kidney Disease Clinic, Sickle Cell Nephropathy Clinic and Transition Clinics for Young Onset Hypertension and Kidney Care by collaborating Pediatrics and Hematology Oncology colleagues at her previous appointments. She is interested in establishing additional subspecialty clinics for Diabetic Kidney Disease Clinic, CardioRenal Clinic and Chronic Posttransplant Kidney Care Clinic by collaborating with Endocrinology, Cardiology and transplant nephrologists at University of Maryland Midtown Campus.

Research/Clinical Keywords

behcet's Disease, Vasculitis, chronic kidney disease, obesity, dialysis, reproductive endocrinology, hypertension, ambulatory blood pressure monitoring and glomerulonephritis.

Highlighted Publications

Kidney function after treatment for childhood cancer: a report from the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort Study DM Green, M Wang, M Krasin, DK Srivastava, S Onder, DW Jay, KK Ness, ...Journal of the American Society of Nephrology 32 (4), 983-993

Detecting the prevalence of bacterial colonization on tunneled cuffed hemodialysis catheters using quantitative PCR targeting 16S rRNA and scanning electron microscopy AM Onder, CF Cuff, X Liang, AA Billings, S Onder, JJ Yu, JA King The Journal of Vascular Access, 11297298211009016

Treating the obese dialysis patient: challenges and paradoxes S Celebi‐Onder, RJ Schmidt, JL Holley. Seminars in dialysis 25 (3), 311-319 

Reproductive endocrinology in chronic kidney disease patients: new approaches to old challenges S OnderS Akbar, RJ Schmidt Seminars in Dialysis 29 (6), 447-457 

Expression of KIR and C-type lectin receptors in Behcet's disease G Saruhan-Direskeneli, FA Uyar, A Cefle, SC Onder, E Eksioglu-Demiralp,..Rheumatology 43 (4), 423-427

Research Interests

Dr. Onver's research interests include vasculitis syndromes and chronic kidney disease.

Awards and Affiliations

Honors and Awards

  • 1999: Best Teaching Resident Award; University of Istanbul, Istanbul School of Medicine. Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2005: The highest in-service exam score; Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, FL
  • 2005: IM Residency Jeopardy team member; Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, FL
  • 2006: IM Residency Program Jeopardy team member; West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
  • 2018: Clinical Care 2018 Quality of Patient Care Five Star Center Rated by CMS, DaVita Kidney Care. Ripley, TN

Professional Activity


  • West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA 2010-2016. Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Memphis, TN, USA 2016-2022. Assistant/Associate Professor of Medicine


  • 2001: Diplomate in Internal Medicine Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Health, Certificate of Specialty – indefinitely
  • 2003: English Examination – Valid indefinitely
  • 2004: ECFMG – Clinical Skills – Valid indefinitely
  • 2004: ECFMG – Valid indefinitely
  • 2008: Diplomate in Internal Medicine – American Board of Internal Medicine
  • 2010: Diplomate in Nephrology – American Board of Internal Medicine
  • 2018: Diplomate in Internal Medicine – American Board of Internal Medicine
  • 2020: Diplomate in Internal Medicine – American Board of Internal Medicine

Professional Society Memberships

  • 1997: Turkish Medical Association
  • 2006: American College of Physicians, FACP
  • 2008: American Medical Association
  • 2010: American Society of Nephrology
  • 2010: West Virginia State Medical Association
  • 2014: Renal Physician Association