Michael Scott Berkoben, MD

Professor of Medicine
Campus mail 2424 Erwin Road - Suite 605, Durham, NC 27705
Phone (919) 660-6860
Email address berko004@mc.duke.edu

As a clinician/educator in the Division of Nephrology, my clinical activities are mainly focused on the care of patients with end-stage renal disease. I am a Medical Director of a dialysis unit in Henderson, NC which cares for approximately 155 patients. I am a rounding nephrologist at a dialysis unit in Warrenton, NC where I and my partners care for roughly 35 patients. When at Duke, my clinical activities are focused on inpatient care of maintenance dialysis patients and general consultative nephrology. In addition, I see outpatients with a variety of nephrologic problems (chronic kidney disease, proteinuria, and hypertension) in the Private Diagnostic Clinic. I mentor fellows in this outpatient clinic.  In recent years, I have been an attending physician for a Duke General Medicine inpatient service six weeks per year.

In regard to educational activities, I am a lecturer for Normal Body, the physiology course for first-year medical students.  I am the course director for Fluids and Electrolytes, an elective course for third- and fourth-year medical students.  I give several lectures per year for our Lecture Series for Renal Fellows.

Key words: end-stage renal disease, vascular access for hemodialysis, renal osteodystrophy, consultative Nephrology.

Education and Training

  • Fellow in Nephrology, Medicine, Duke University, 1989 - 1992
  • Medical Resident, Medicine, Duke University, 1986 - 1989
  • M.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1986


Roberts, John K., Saumil M. Chudgar, Deborah Engle, Elizabeth K. McClain, Emma Jakoi, Michael Berkoben, and Ruediger W. Lehrich. “Digital chalk-talk videos improve knowledge and satisfaction in renal physiology.” Adv Physiol Educ 42, no. 1 (March 1, 2018): 146–51. https://doi.org/10.1152/advan.00131.2017.

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Farber, Alik, Tze-Woei Tan, Bo Hu, Laura M. Dember, Gerald J. Beck, Bradley S. Dixon, John W. Kusek, Harold I. Feldman, Harold I. Dialysis Access Consortium (DAC) Study Group, and Harold I. Dialysis Access Consortium DAC Study Group. “The effect of location and configuration on forearm and upper arm hemodialysis arteriovenous grafts.” In J Vasc Surg, 62:1258–64, 2015. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvs.2015.06.132.

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Cheung, Alfred K., Mark J. Sarnak, Guofen Yan, Michael Berkoben, Robert Heyka, Allen Kaufman, Julia Lewis, et al. “Cardiac diseases in maintenance hemodialysis patients: results of the HEMO Study.” Kidney Int 65, no. 6 (June 2004): 2380–89. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1523-1755.2004.00657.x.

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Berkoben, M. “Infections in the dialysis patient.” In Medical Management of Infectious Disease, 695–708, 2003.


Kovalik, E. C., J. R. Raymond, F. J. Albers, M. Berkoben, D. W. Butterly, B. Montella, and P. J. Conlon. “A clustering of epidural abscesses in chronic hemodialysis patients: risks of salvaging access catheters in cases of infection.” J Am Soc Nephrol 7, no. 10 (October 1996): 2264–67. https://doi.org/10.1681/ASN.V7102264.

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Indridason, O. S., L. Thomas, and M. Berkoben. “Medullary sponge kidney associated with congenital hemihypertrophy.” J Am Soc Nephrol 7, no. 8 (August 1996): 1123–30. https://doi.org/10.1681/ASN.V781123.

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