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Richard M. Ugarte, MD, MHS

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:




Education and Training

May 1991                                     Harvard University, Boston, MA, Bachelor of Arts degree

May 1995                                     University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA, M.D. degree

July 1995 to June 1996                Internship in Internal Medicine,  New England DeaconessHospital,  Boston, MA 

July 1996 to June 1998                Residency in Internal Medicine,  Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA 

July 2001 to July 2003                 Fellowship in Nephrology,  JohnsHopkinsUniversity, Baltimore, MD 

July 2002 to June 2004                Masters in Health Science (M.H.S.),  Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD 

July 2004 to June 2005                AST Renal Transplant Fellow,  Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD


After growing up in Madrid, Spain, and then moving to Texas, Alabama and Virginia, I went to Harvard University for my bachelor’s degree, graduating in 1991. I then returned to Virginia, where I received an M.D. degree from University of Virginia in Charlottesville in 1995. Moving to Boston, I completed my residency in Internal Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 1995, and practiced general internal medicine as a hospitalist for several years.  I then moved to Baltimore to Johns Hopkins University for a Nephrology Fellowship, which I completed in 2003.  I obtained training in clinical research at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, obtaining a Masters in Health Science degree in 2004.  I then completed a Transplant Nephrology Fellowship at Johns Hopkins in 2005. I joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins as a Transplant Nephrologist, and remained there until July, 2010, when I transitioned to the University of Maryland Medical System as an Assistant Professor in Medicine in the Nephrology Division, with a particular interest in transplant nephrology. My clinical research interests have included the use of anti-rejection Thymoglobulin induction, the use of deceased donor kidney transplants from donors with acute kidney injury, and systemic inflammation as a risk factor for graft failure. I continue to be interested in issues related to transplantation nephrology.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Kidney transplantation, Nephrology

Highlighted Publications

Ugarte R, Kraus E, Montgomery RA, Burdick JF, Ratner L, Haas M, Hawxby AM, Karp SJ. Excellent outcomes after transplantation of deceased donor kidneys with high terminal creatinine and mild pathologic lesions. Transplantation. 2005; 80(6):794-800.


Grams ME,  Womer KL, Ugarte RM,  DesaiNM, Montgomery RA,  Segev DL. Listing for expanded criteria donor kidneys in older adults and those predicted to benefit from them. Am J Transplant. 2010; (4):802-9.


H Jones, M Talwar, JM Nogueira, R Ugarte, C Cangro, H Rasheed, DK Klassen, MR Weir, A Haririan. Anemia after kidney transplantation; its prevalence, risk factors, and independent association with graft and patient survival: a time-varying analysis. Transplantation. 2012; 93(9):923-8.


Papadimitriou JC, Drachenberg CB, Ramos E, Kukuruga D, Klassen DK, Ugarte R, Nogueira J, Cangro C, Weir MR, Haririan A. Antibody-mediated allograft rejection: morphologic spectrum and serologic correlations in surveillance and for cause biopsies. Transplantation 2013; 95(1):128-36