Biography

Miguel Vazquez, M.D., is Professor of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 1992.

Dr. Vazquez also serves as the Clinical Director of the Division of Nephrology at UT Southwestern and as Nephrology Clinical Chief of Service at Parkland Health and Hospital Systems.

His patient care specialties include kidney transplants, end-stage renal disease, and chronic kidney disease.

He attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, and came to UT Southwestern for his internship and residency in internal medicine. He also completed his fellowship in nephrology and research in immunology and transplantation at UT Southwestern.

Dr. Vazquez is active in patient-oriented research. His current research efforts include a study related to transplant complications, another related to dialysis access outcomes associated with hemodialysis, and a third focused on implementation of optimal care for patients with chronic kidney disease.

Dr. Vazquez is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and was named a Fellow by the American Society of Nephrology in 2011. 

In 2018, he was included in D Magazine's Best Doctors list and was named a Super Doctor by Texas Monthly.

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Meet Dr. Vazquez

As a specialist focused on chronic kidney disease, end-stage renal disease, and kidney transplants, Miguel Vazquez, M.D., finds the greatest reward in seeing patients throughout their journey to health.

"We see the big picture in kidney disease care.”

Dr. Vazquez, a nephrologist, cares for patients at different stages of their disease, including those who need dialysis and those who need kidney transplants.

”We see them get better with dialysis treatments and continue improving to the point that they can undergo a kidney transplant,” Dr. Vazquez says. “There’s a special connection when you can be with patients along that journey.”

Dr. Vazquez has been recognized as a Best Doctor by D Magazine and a Super Doctor by Texas Monthly.

He’s known for treating his patients with compassion, respecting their wishes, and involving their families and their referring physician throughout the process. His goal is simple: the best possible medical care.

UT Southwestern’s multidisciplinary approach to care affords Dr. Vazquez an advantage when he needs access to additional experts.

“We have a very committed team of health care practitioners and collaborators to take care of all these patients who may have very complex problems,” Dr. Vazquez says.

In addition to his patient care duties at UT Southwestern, he is involved with the National Kidney Disease Education Program to help promote the early identification of kidney disease. It’s just one of the ways he stays involved with many areas of kidney health.

Dr. Vazquez is active in patient-focused research, too. His main research efforts are in the area of chronic kidney disease. He is the Principal investigator of a large multicenter pragmatic clinical trial sponsored by the NIH Collaboratory for Healthcare Systems Research and that aims to improve the care for patients with coexistent chronic kidney disease, diabetes, and hypertension. Other areas of research interest include kidney transplantation and vascular access for hemodialysis.

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Education & Training
  • Fellowship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (1987-1992), Nephrology
  • Residency - UT Southwestern Medical Center (1986-1988), Medicine
  • Internship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (1985-1986), Medicine
  • Medical School - University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine (1981-1985)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Texas Medical Association
  • National Kidney Foundation
  • American Society of Transplantation
  • American Society of Nephrology
  • American College of Physicians
Honors & Awards
  • Alpha Omega Alpha 1983, National Medical Honor Society
  • Individual National Research Service Award 1990, National Institutes of Health
  • Young Investigator Grant 1992, National Kidney Foundation
  • Outstanding Teaching Award 1999, Internal Medicine Housestaff
  • Fellow 1999, American College of Physicians
Books & Publications
Research
  • Pragmatic Clinical Trials
  • Kidney Transplant Complications
  • Dialysis Vascular Access
  • Chronic Kidney Disease

Clinical Focus

  • Kidney Transplant Medicine
  • Kidney Disease (Nephrology)
  • Kidney Transplant Evaluations

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Q&A by Dr. Vazquez

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