Biography

Bekir Tanriover, M.D., M.P.H., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at UT Southwestern. He specializes in the medical management of kidney transplantation.

After receiving his medical degree from Hacettepe University in Turkey, Dr. Tanriover completed a residency in internal medicine at Tulane University. He performed a fellowship in nephrology at the University of Alabama and a fellowship in renal transplantation at Vanderbilt University. He later completed a master’s degree in public health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in the “Cost Effectiveness and Outcomes” tract. 

Prior to joining the faculty of UT Southwestern, Dr. Tanriover was an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Columbia University College of Medicine. He also previously held the position of Medical Director of Kidney-Pancreas Transplantation at Methodist Dallas Medical Center.

Dr. Tanriover’s research focuses on analysis of medical and financial outcomes of kidney transplant patients and dual organ allocation (combined liver-kidney transplantation). He also is interested in the cost effectiveness of kidney transplants in high-risk patients. 

He is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology and a member of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Nephrology.

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Meet Dr. Tanriover

Kidney Transplant Specialist

Kidney transplantation has come a long way over the last few decades, but one thing remains the same – it takes a knowledgeable and experienced expert like Bekir Tanriover, M.D., M.P.H., to manage the complicated situations patients face before, during, and after their kidney transplant

A transplant nephrologist, Dr. Tanriover evaluates advanced or end-stage kidney disease patients to determine if they are ready for transplant, based on well-defined protocols and other health factors that could affect their outcome. He presents patient cases to a selection committee that then determines if a patient should be added to the kidney transplant list. 

In addition, Dr. Tanriover manages long-term immunosuppression medications of kidney transplant patients and other medical needs after transplant in coordination with their referring nephrologist. 

He does all of this with heartfelt compassion and commitment to what’s best for each patient. 

“Each situation is complicated and unique, but we’re talking about a person’s life, and we want to do everything we can to help them,” he says. 

Dr. Tanriover is proud to be part of a team of physicians at UT Southwestern that is responsible for innovations that have become nationally accepted practice.

“We are always on the cutting edge,” Dr. Tanriover says. “We monitor details that are above and beyond the standard of care to make sure a transplanted kidney has every chance to succeed.”

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Education & Training
  • Medical School - Hacettepe University, Turkey (1986-1993)
  • Other Post Graduate Training - Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health (2011-2013)
  • Fellowship - Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Transplant Nephrology
  • Fellowship - University of Alabama Medical Center Program (1998-2000), Nephrology
  • Residency - Tulane Medical Center (1995-1998), Internal Medicine
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Society of Transplantation (2004), Member
  • American Society of Nephrology (2004), Member
Honors & Awards
  • NIH-K12 Award 2011, National Institutes of Health
  • CTSA Pilot Project Award 2012, Columbia University
Books & Publications
Research
  • Policy and Allocation in Dual Kidney Transplantation
  • Cost-effectiveness and Outcomes in High Risk Deceased Donor Kidney Transplantation

Clinical Focus

  • Kidney Transplant Medicine
  • Kidney Transplant Evaluations

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Q&A by Dr. Tanriover

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UT Southwestern University Hospital Kidney Transplant Clinic in Lubbock

Medical Office Pavilion II
808 Joliet Ave., Suite 120
Lubbock, Texas 79415
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