Julia Jarrard Scialla, MD

Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine
Member in the Duke Clinical Research Institute
Campus mail 2400 Pratt Street, Rm 7042, Durham, NC 27705
Phone (919) 668-8764
Email address julia.scialla@duke.edu

Dr. Scialla is an Associate Professor of Medicine in Nephrology at Duke University and a faculty member at the Duke Clinical Research Institute.  Dr. Scialla trained in Internal Medicine, Nephrology, and Clinical Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Her research focuses on chronic kidney disease (CKD) epidemiology and prevention, with an emphasis on the role of metabolic complications and nutrition. Current studies are focused on treatment and prevention of abnormal phosphate homeostasis, acid-base physiology, diabetic and other forms of kidney disease, and outcomes in end-stage kidney disease. 

Dr. Scialla’s work engages a number of study designs including prospective cohort studies, observational comparative effectiveness studies, and patient-oriented physiologic studies. She has worked closely with multiple chronic disease cohorts including the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) Study, the African American Study of Kidney Disease and Hypertension (AASK), the Jackson Heart Study (JHS), and secondary analyses in clinical trials. Studies in electronic health records (EHR) and registries have engaged dialysis EHR data, the United States Renal Data System, and public registries, such as the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Physiologic studies include the Acid Base Complication in CKD Study, secondary analyses in the DASH Mechanism Study, and the newly launched MURDOCK Kidney Health Study.

Education and Training

  • Nephrology, Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2006 - 2010
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2003 - 2006
  • M.H.S., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2010
  • M.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2003


Isakova, Tamara, Huiliang Xie, Wei Yang, Dawei Xie, Amanda Hyre Anderson, Julia Scialla, Patricia Wahl, et al. “Fibroblast growth factor 23 and risks of mortality and end-stage renal disease in patients with chronic kidney disease..” Jama 305, no. 23 (June 15, 2011): 2432–39. https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2011.826.

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Isakova, Tamara, Patricia Wahl, Gabriela S. Vargas, Orlando M. Gutiérrez, Julia Scialla, Huiliang Xie, Dina Appleby, et al. “Fibroblast growth factor 23 is elevated before parathyroid hormone and phosphate in chronic kidney disease..” Kidney Int 79, no. 12 (June 2011): 1370–78. https://doi.org/10.1038/ki.2011.47.

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Scialla, Julia J., Laura C. Plantinga, WH Linda Kao, Bernard Jaar, Neil R. Powe, and Rulan S. Parekh. “Soluble P-selectin levels are associated with cardiovascular mortality and sudden cardiac death in male dialysis patients..” Am J Nephrol 33, no. 3 (2011): 224–30. https://doi.org/10.1159/000324517.

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Gutiérrez, Orlando M., Cheryl Anderson, Tamara Isakova, Julia Scialla, Lavinia Negrea, Amanda Hyre Anderson, Keith Bellovich, et al. “Low socioeconomic status associates with higher serum phosphate irrespective of race..” J Am Soc Nephrol 21, no. 11 (November 2010): 1953–60. https://doi.org/10.1681/ASN.2010020221.

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Scialla, Julia J., Mohamed G. Atta, and Derek M. Fine. “Relapse of HIV-associated nephropathy after discontinuing highly active antiretroviral therapy..” Aids 21, no. 2 (January 11, 2007): 263–64. https://doi.org/10.1097/QAD.0b013e3280119592.

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