Johansen Kirsten

Kirsten Johansen, MD

Division Chief

Commitment to Patient-Centered Care

“I particularly enjoy helping patients navigate through the management of their kidney disease at all stages. My goal is to develop a partnership that allows for shared decision making, which is only possible in an environment of mutual understanding.”

Clinical Expertise

Dr. Johansen is the Director of Nephrology at Hennepin Healthcare and co-Director of the Chronic Disease Research Group. She is a general nephrologist who specializes in the care of patients with chronic kidney disease and patients receiving home-based or in-center dialysis treatment.


  • Ku E, Johansen KL*, McCulloch CE*. Time-centered approach to understanding risk factors for the progression of chronic kidney disease. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, 13(5):693-701, 2018. *These authors contributed equally to this work.
  • Johansen KL, Delgado C, Kaysen GA, Chertow GM, Chiang J, Dalrymple LS, Segal MR, Grimes BA. Frailty among patients receiving hemodialysis: evolution of components and associations with mortality. Journal of Gerontology A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, 2018, online ahead of print.
  • Chiang JM, Kaysen GA, Segal M, Chertow GM, Delgado C, Johansen KL. Low testosterone is associated with frailty, muscle wasting, and physical dysfunction among men receiving hemodialysis: a longitudinal analysis. Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation, 2018, online ahead of print.
  • Ku E, McCulloch CE, Vittinghoff E, Lin F, Johansen KL. Use of antihypertensive agents and association with risk of adverse outcomes in chronic kidney disease: focus on angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers. Journal of the American Heart Association, 2018, online ahead of print.
  • Ishida J, McCulloch CE, Steinman, MA, Grimes B, Johansen KL. Psychoactive medications and adverse outcomes among older adults receiving hemodialysis. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, in press.

Medical School

  • Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, USA


  • Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA


  • Nephrology, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA

Professional Affiliations

  • Editorial Board, Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
  • Editorial Board, Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Kidney International, Nephrology, Dialysis, and Transplantation
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Renal Nutrition
  • American Society of Nephrology


  • Board-certified in Nephrology by the Americal Board of Internal Medicine
  • Chronic Disease Research Group (CDRG), Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute


  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology