Venkatesh Kumar Ariyamuthu, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Nephrology in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern. He specializes in transplant nephrology.

Dr. Ariyamuthu received his medical training at the Madurai Medical College in India. He then completed internal medicine residencies at Madras Medical College and the University of Missouri School of Medicine, where he also performed his fellowship in general nephrology. He went on specialize in transplant nephrology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Prior to joining the faculty of UT Southwestern in 2014, Dr. Ariyamuthu held positions at Meenakshi Medical College and Loyola University Medical Center.

In addition to patient care, Dr. Ariyamuthu researches outcomes-based studies focused on the effects of immunosuppressive therapies used at the time of transplant.

Dr. Ariyamuthu is a member of the American Society of Transplantation, the American Society of Nephrology, the American College of Physicians, and the American Society of Hypertension.

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Meet Dr. Ariyamuthu

Kidney Disease and Transplant Specialist in Dallas

As a transplant nephrologist, Venkatesh Kumar Ariyamuthu, M.D., cares for patients with advanced or end-stage kidney disease and works with a team of specialists to evaluate patients’ transplant potential.

He works mostly with kidney transplant patients to manage their health pre- and post-transplant but also helps with heart, lung, and liver transplant patients who have kidney problems.

With everyone he sees, Dr. Ariyamuthu says his goal is to improve patients’ quality of life – which ideally includes living without dialysis, the treatment that takes over kidney function when the kidneys stop working.

“Every time I see follow-up patients in the clinic and they’re more productive in their lives and enjoying their life free from dialysis machines, that helps keep me going,” Dr. Ariyamuthu says.

“To me, providing care is not just about the kidney transplant. I look at each individual as a whole person, not just a patient or a complaint.” 

Advanced Training to Address Complex Cases

Transplant nephrology has evolved as a subspecialty requiring advanced training because patients with kidney disease are usually quite sick, and taking care of them can be complex. Dr. Ariyamuthu received his advanced training at Northwestern University, which has one of the most active kidney transplant programs in the country.

Now he’s proud to be part of the faculty at UT Southwestern, whose program has completed more than 400 kidney transplants. Dr. Ariyamuthu and his UT Southwestern colleagues are among the few transplant nephrologists in the Dallas area.

When Dr. Ariyamuthu is not with patients, he researches new therapies to help prevent organ rejection after transplant.

Another area of particular interest for him is living donation, which typically refers to kidney transplant but can also include liver transplant.

“Living donation enables patients to get their transplants sooner and to spend as little time as possible on the waiting list,” Dr. Ariyamuthu says. “It also creates a lower risk of complications and rejection and better early function of the transplanted organ.”

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Education & Training
  • Medical School - Madurai Medical College (1997-2003)
  • Fellowship - McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University (2013-2014), Transplant Nephrology
  • Fellowship - University of Missouri Health Sciences Center (2011-2013), Nephrology
  • Residency - University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia (2008-2011), Internal Medicine
  • Residency - University of Madras Medical College (2004-2007), Internal Medicine
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Society of Hypertension (2015), Member
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (2011), Medical Honor Society
  • American Society of Nephrology (2009), Member
  • American Society of Transplantation (2011), Member
Honors & Awards
  • Outstanding Intern 2009, University of Missouri
  • Outstanding Resident 2011, University of Missouri
Books & Publications
  • Antibody Mediated Rejection
  • Bone Mineral Disorders in Renal Transplant Recipients
  • Living Donor Kidney Transplantation

Clinical Focus

  • Kidney Disease (Nephrology)
  • Kidney Transplant Medicine

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Q&A by Dr. Ariyamuthu

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