Dr. Michael James Choi, MD

Dr. Michael James Choi, MD

Dr. Michael James Choi, MD

Languages: English
Fax: (877) 625-1483

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Specialties
  • Nephrology
Conditions I Treat
  • acute interstitial nephritis
  • acute kidney injury
  • acute tubular necrosis
  • alport syndrome
  • amyloid nephropathy
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Procedures I Perform
  • medical management of chronic kidney disease (ckd)
About the Provider

Dr. Michael Choi is Director for the Division of Nephrology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He has a focused interest in glomerular diseases and chronic kidney disease. He is the Fellowship Program Director in Nephrology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and was the Program Director at the Johns Hopkins University from 1996-2009. He is the Past-President of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and present member and past NKF Education Committee Chair. He was the Chairman of the 2011 NKF Spring Clinical Meeting. He was a member of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Program Education Committee for Glomerular Disease, He was Co-Editor of the NephSAP (the nephrology self-assessment program for Chronic Kidney Disease. He is presently on the American Society of Nephrology Ethics Committee. He is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Nephrology test writing committee elected for his expertise in glomerular diseases. He has several important publications on renal physiology, glomerular disease, and genetic kidney disease, including studies on APOL1 and CKD progression.   

Education
  • Fellowship Program: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (1994)
  • Residency Program: Johns Hopkins Hospital (1990)
  • Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1987)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Nephrology
Publications
  1. Choi MJ, Eustace JA, Gimenez LF, Atta MG, Scheel PJ, Sothinathan R, Briggs WA. Mycophenolate mofetil treatment for primary glomerular diseases.  Kidney Int 2002;61:1098-1114.
  2. Briggs WA, Choi MJ, Scheel PJ.  Successful mycophenolate mofetil treatment of glomerular disease.  Am J Kidney Dis. 1998;31(2):213-217.  
  3. Lipkowitz MS, Freedman BI, Langefeld CD, Comeau ME, Bowden DW, Kao WH, Astor BC, Bottinger EP, Iyengar SK, Klotman PE, Freedman RG, Zhang W, Parekh RS, Choi MJ, Nelson GW, Winkler CA, Kopp JB; the AASK Investigators. Apolipoprotein L1 gene variants associate with hypertension-attributed nephropathy and the rate of kidney function decline in African Americans. Kidney Int. 2012; 83:144-120.
  4. Parsa A, Kao WH, Xie D, Astor BC, Li M, Hsu CY, Feldman HI, Parekh RS, Kusek JW, Greene TH, Fink JC, Anderson AH, Choi MJ, Wright JT Jr, Lash JP, Freedman BI, Ojo A, Winkler CA, Raj DS, Kopp JB, He J, Jensvold NG, Tao K, Lipkowitz MS, Appel LJ; AASK Study Investigators; CRIC Study Investigators. APOL1 risk variants, race, and progression of chronic kidney disease. N Engl J Med. 2013;369:2183-96.
  5. Chen TK, Choi MJ, Kao WH, Astor BC, Scialla JJ, Appel LA, Li L, Lipkowitz MS, Wolf M, Parekh RS, Winkler CA, Estrella ME, Crews DC. Examination of Potential Modifiers of the Association of APOL1 Alleles with CKD Progression. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2015 Oct 1 [Epub ahead of print]
  6. Chen TK, Tin A, Peralta CA, Appel LJ, Choi MJ, Lipkowitz MS, Winkler CA, Estrella MM. APOL1 Risk Variants, Incident Proteinuria, and Subsequent eGFR Decline in Blacks with Hypertension-Attributed CKD. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2017 Nov 7;12(11):1771-1777
  7. King LS, Choi M, Fernandez PC, Cartran JP, Agre P.  Brief Report: Urinary concentrating defect in aquaporin-1 null individuals. N Engl J Med 2001;345:175-179.
  8. Choi MJ, Fernandez PC, Patnaik A, Coupaye-Gerard B, D'Andrea D, Szerlip H, Kleyman, TR. Brief Report: Trimethoprim induced hyperkalemia in a patient with AIDS. N Engl J Med. 1993;328:703-6.
  9. Trachtman H, Choi MJ, Somers M, Mariani L, Beck L, Waldman M, Langford C, Bomback A, Holzman L. KDOQI US Commentary on the 2012 KDIGO Clinical Practice Guidelines for Glomerulonephritis. Am J Kidney Dis. 2013 ;62:403-41.
In the News

He is the Clinical Discussant for the session: "Renal Biopsy: Clinical Correlations" for the 2021 American Society of Nephrology Scientific Meeting. 

Insurance
    MedStar Health Providers participate with a wide range of health insurance products. We accept self-pay patients and the insurances plans listed below. This list is not comprehensive, it is updated periodically and is subject to change. If you do not see your health insurance plan or product listed, or if you have any questions regarding MedStar Health’s participation with your health plan, please contact your health plan to verify participation with our providers.

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Practice Locations
  • 3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
    Pasquerilla Healthcare Center 6th Fl Nephrology
    Washington, DC 20007
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    Phone: 202-444-8383
    Fax: 877-625-1483

Member of Medical Staff
  • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Awards
  • Baltimore’s Best Doctors, Baltimore Magazine, 2018
  • The Washington Post Magazine, Top Doctors, 2011- 2013                    
  • Best Doctors, 2010-2019 
  • USA Today’s Most Influential Doctors, Hypertension- Baltimore- Towson, 2009                          
  • Patient’s Choice Awards, 2008 - 2010     
  • Baltimore’s Best Doctors, Baltimore Magazine, 2007                                
  • Best Doctors, 2007,2008
  • Garabed Eknoyan Award – Outstanding Contribution to the National Kidney Foundation, 2015
  • Miller Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence, Institution/Organization, 2018
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine: Alpha Omega Alpha, Department of Medicine, 2016                
  • Distinguished Teaching Society of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2016.    
  • Master Mentor Award - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2012         
  • W. Barry Wood, Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2019
  • W. Barry Wood, Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2017                   
  • W. Barry Wood, Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2012
  •  W. Barry Wood, Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching, Johns Hopkins University School of  Medicine, 2011.    
  • W. Barry Wood, Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2005
  • VIP Grand Marshall Commencement, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2003        
  • Department of Medicine Full-time Faculty Teaching Award. 2001
  • W. Barry Wood, Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2000
  • Outstanding Contribution Award, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2003   
  • Department of Medicine Full-time Faculty Teaching Award. 2001