Elie R. Chemaly MD PhD

Elie Chemaly

Elie R. Chemaly

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Medicine

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Specialty/Research Focus

Bioinformatics; Cardiac pharmacology; Internal Medicine; Molecular Basis of Disease; Nephrology

Contact Information
462 Grider Street
Nephrology Dept
Buffalo, New York 14215
Phone: (716) 887-2386

Professional Summary:

I have a passion for challenge and an allergy to routine. This has driven my interest for research and clinical medicine, mainly internal medicine. I am currently a nephrologist at UBMD and a Faculty at the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

In my clinical practice, I manage all aspects of kidney disease, renal replacement therapies including dialytic therapies and kidney transplant, hypertension, as well as disorders of fluid and electrolytes. With my group, I also provide nephrology consultations at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. I particularly favor this part of my clinical activity, considering the very specific and challenging nephrological problems arising in cancer patients. More recently, I have led an effort to start and grow a program of continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

I have a passion for education and never say no for opportunities to teach or learn. At the expense of longer days, I always take opportunities to teach fellows, residents and students. I strongly believe in problem-based learning, in the sense that what is learned is best remembered when it is learned as a solution to a problem.

So far, my research has focused on cardiovascular disease, mainly cardiac and vascular mechanics. In this phase of my career in nephrology, I am moving towards issues interfacing the cardiovascular system and the kidneys.

Education and Training:

  • Fellowship, Clinical Nephrology, Morsani College of Medicine - University of South Florida (2017)
  • Fellowship, Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia (2014)
  • Fellowship, Cardiovascular Medicine and Cardiovascular Research, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (2013)
  • PhD, Physiology and Pathophysiology (cardiac), Université Pierre et Marie Curie (2012)
  • Fellowship, Cardiovascular Research, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School (2006)
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, University at Buffalo (now Jacobs) School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (2004)
  • Internship, Internal Medicine, University at Buffalo (now Jacobs) School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (2002)
  • MS, Cardiovascular pharmacology, Université Claude Bernard, Lyon I (2001)
  • MD, Medicine, Faculté de Médecine, Université Saint Joseph de Beyrouth (2000)
  • BS, Biological and Medical Sciences, Faculté de Médecine, Université Saint Joseph de Beyrouth (1997)


  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine, Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2017-present)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Physiology and Biophysics, Howard University College of Medicine (2009–2012)
  • Clinical Assistant Instructor, Medicine, University at Buffalo (now Jacobs) School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2001–2004)
  • Instructor, Faculté de Médecine - Université Saint Joseph de Beyrouth (1999–2000)

Awards and Honors:

  • Finalist, Northwestern Cardiovascular Young Investigators' Forum, Chicago, IL, 2010 (2010)
  • Travel Grant (2002)

Research Expertise:

  • Cardiovascular physiology and biophysics: Extensive cardiovascular research experience. In addition, I designed curriculum and taught cardiovascular mechanics and hemodynamics for 4 years to first year medical students at the Howard University College of Medicine, based on prior teaching experience from the Health Science and Technology Program (Harvard Medical School/MIT)
  • Experimental cardiac imaging: Extensive experience in rodent echocardiography, with added experience in rodent cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. Also received training in human echocardiography
  • Hemodynamics: Extensive experience in rat hemodynamics, especially left ventricular pressure-volume loops, right ventricular pressure measurement, arterial pressure tracings and more recently a new interest in renal blood flow measurement. Experience in human hemodynamics as well, with publications on non-invasive pulse wave velocity and carotid tonometry, as well as publications from data collected in cardiac catheterization laboratories.
  • Molecular cardiology: publications in cardiac gene delivery, molecular characterization of cardiac remodeling and fibrosis, molecular markers of cardiac hypertrophy and their modulation
  • Nephrology and Internal Medicine: Board-certified in Nephrology (2017) and Internal Medicine (2004-2014). All aspects of clinical nephrology, in particular, fluid and electrolyte disorders, hypertension and clearance problems, cardiorenal interactions.

Research Centers:

  • Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC)

UB 2020 Strategic Strengths:

  • Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan
  • Information and Computing Technology
  • Molecular Recognition in Biological Systems and Bioinformatics

Grants and Sponsored Research:

  • February 2009–February 2013
    5T32HL007824-13 TRAINING PROGRAM IN MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR CARDIOLOGY NHLBI( PI: Bruce Gelb,MD,) Project Start Date: 1-JUL-1995; Project End Date: 31-JUL-2013
    Role: Contributor

Journal Articles:

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Books and Book Chapters:

  • Chemaly ER., Kim M. (2012) Medicine: A Comptency-Based Companion, by Allan Tunkel, MD, PhD and Jessica Israel, MD. In: Chapter on Hypertension in. Elsevier

Evaluative Studies and Case Reports:

  • Chemaly, E.R., Sandoval Sus, J., Hussain, F., Mogollon-Duffo, F., Laber, D.A., Durr, J.A., Khalighi, M.A. and Lopez del Valle, R. (2020) Case report: Minimal change disease and acute interstitial nephritis in a patient with Hodgkin’s lymphoma treated with nivolumab. Journal of Onco-Nephrology (Jun), 4(3): 81-86. doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/2399369320927717
  • Chemaly R, Checrallah A, Trak-Smayra V, El-Kallab K, Chemaly E. (2001) [Progressive myoclonic epilepsy type Lafora]. Le Journal medical libanais. The Lebanese medical journal (May), 49(3): 170-2.

Professional Memberships:

  • American College of Physicians - Fellow (2019–present)
  • American Society of Nephrology (2015–present)
  • Lebanese Order of Physicians (2002–present)


  • "Cardiorenal Hemodynamics in Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction: Work in Progress" Cardiovascular Research Seminars - CTRC - UB (2021)
  • "Renal Hemodynamics and the Cardiorenal Syndrome" UB Department of Medicine City-Wide Grand Rounds (2020)

Service Activities:

  • ; Faculty Senate, Senator (2020–2021)
  • ; Medical Director, Hemodialysis Unit, Wende Correctional Facility (2020)
  • ; Implemented and developed Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT) at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute (2019–2021)
  • Clinical Faculty Active clinical nephrologist in the Department of Internal Medicine through UBMD; Clinical Staff (2017–present)

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Contact Information

462 Grider Street
Nephrology Dept
Buffalo, New York 14215
Phone: (716) 887-2386