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David A. Bushinsky, M.D.


Clinical Interests

Dialysis, Hemodialysis, Peritoneal Dialysis; Fabry, Fabrazyme; General Nephrology; Kidney Stones; Kidney, Chronic Kidney Disease; Renal Disease

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Office: (585) 275-4517

Fax: (585) 442-9201

URMFGA member of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group

groupAn Accountable Health Partner

assignmentAccepting New Patients

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Professional Background

David A. Bushinsky, M.D., is a Professor of Medicine and of Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He is Chief of the Nephrology Unit at Strong Memorial Hospital and Associate Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Medicine.

Dr. Bushinsky has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and over 60 invited reviews, chapters and editorials focusing on disorders of divalent ion metabolism. His has developed a strain of rats that exhibit genetic hypercalciuria, the most common metabolic abnormality in humans with nephrlithiasis, and spontaneously form kidney stones. The pathophysiolgy of the hypercalciuria closely parallels that of man and is thus a useful model to study stone formation in humans. He has also extensively studied the mechanism by which acid induces physicochemical bone dissolution and cell-mediated resorption. Dr. Bushinsky has lectured throughout the world on stone formation, effects of acid on bone and other disorders of divalent ion metabolism.

Dr. Bushinsky received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Mass. He completed an internship and residency at Tufts New England Medical Center Hospital in Boston, Mass. He also completed a fellowship in clinical nephrology and a research fellowship in nephrology at Tufts New England Medical Center Hospital in Boston, Mass.



  • Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Nephrology - American Board of Internal Medicine


BS | Lehigh University
Chemical Engineering

MD | Tufts University Sch Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

09/01/1978 - 06/30/1980
Research in Research Fellow in Nephrology at New England Medical Center Hospitals

09/01/1977 - 06/30/1978
Fellowship in Nephrology at New England Medical Center Hospitals

01/01/1976 - 06/30/1977
Residency in Nephrology at New England Medical Center Hospitals

09/01/1975 - 12/31/1976
Internship in Medicine at New England Medical Center Hospitals

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Association of American Physicians

American Society for Clinical Investigation

American Society of Nephrology Travel Award

1983 - 1984
Andrew Mellon Foundation Fellowship

1981 - 1982
Martin Rosenthal Award for Medical Research

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Journal Articles

Pitt B, Bakris GL, Weir MR, Freeman MW, Lainscak M, Mayo MR, Garza D, Zawadzki R, Berman L, Bushinsky DA. "Long-term effects of patiromer for hyperkalaemia treatment in patients with mild heart failure and diabetic nephropathy on angiotensin-converting enzymes/angiotensin receptor blockers: results from AMETHYST-DN." ESC heart failure.. 2018 Aug 0; 5(4):592-602. Epub 2018 May 16.

Isakova T, Bushinsky DA. "Management of stones and bones: reduction of uncertainty through research." Current opinion in nephrology and hypertension.. 2018 Jul 0; 27(4):227-228.

Pitt B, Bushinsky DA, Kitzman DW, Ruschitzka F, Metra M, Filippatos G, Rossignol P, Du Mond C, Garza D, Berman L, Lainscak M, . "Evaluation of an individualized dose titration regimen of patiromer to prevent hyperkalaemia in patients with heart failure and chronic kidney disease." ESC heart failure.. 2018 Jun 0; 5(3):257-266. Epub 2018 Jan 25.

Books & Chapters

Book Title: Acidosis and Bone. In: Nutritional Influences on Bone Health.
Author List: Bushinsky, D. A
Edited By: P. Burckhardt, Bess Dawson-Hughes, C, Weaver.
Published By: Springer-Verlag2010 in London

Book Title: Keeping divalent ions in their proper place
Author List: Bushinsky, D. A. and J. Silver
Edited By: Curr. Opin Nephrol
Published By: Hypertens2010

Chapter Title: 1:
Book Title: Contribution of intestine, bone, kidney and dialysis to extracellular fluid calc
Author List: Bushinsky, D. A.
Published By: J. Am. Soc.Nephrol. Suppl2010




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