George Bakris

MD, MA, FAHA, FASN
University of Chicago

Dr. Bakris is a member of K2P’s LEGENDS Series faculty, and has provided an activity entitled “Our Evolving Understanding of Hypertension (Past, Present, and Future)” He also contributes to other K2P programs on hypertension. 

Dr. Bakris is the director of the American Heart Association Comprehensive Hypertension Center within the Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at the University of Chicago Medicine. He specializes in the diagnosis and management of resistant hypertension, particularly in complicated and refractory cases. He is also skilled in the treatment of kidney disease, with special expertise in diabetes-related kidney disease. His research is focused on understating the factors that influence kidney disease progression and the interactions between hypertension, diabetes, and kidney disease. He has published more than 900 articles and book chapters in the areas of kidney disease, hypertension, and progression of nephropathy, and edited more than 23 textbooks dealing with kidney disease, diabetes and the role of hypertension in these conditions. 

Dr. Bakris has been extensively involved as either a principal investigator or on the steering committees of national and international trials involving diabetic kidney disease progression and resistant hypertension. He has served on many guidelines committees over the past 20 years and the co-chair of the American Diabetes Association Blood Pressure Consensus Panel and a member of the American Heart Association panel updating resistant hypertension guidelines. As well, Dr. Bakris was a member of the Cardio-Renal Advisory Board of the Food & Drug Administration. He received the Irvine Page and Alva Bradley Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Heart Association’s Council on Hypertension in 2019 to acknowledge his lifetime of outstanding achievements in the field of hypertension. Read a Q&A with Dr. Bakris