Richard A. Demme, M.D.

Richard A. Demme, M.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 675
Rochester, NY 14642

Appointment: (585) 276-3000

Patient Care Bio

Dr. Richard Demme received BA degrees in Biology, and Greek and Roman Civilization at SUNY at Buffalo. He attended medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse on a scholarship from the US Air Force. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency training at Wilford Hall US Air Force Medical Center, followed by Nephrology training at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, in the Harvard program.
Dr. Demme has been a board certified nephrologist for over 20 years. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Humanities and Bioethics at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). His outpatient care focuses on treatments for kidney transplant and dialysis patients. Dr. Demme recently completed 6 years on the national UNOS transplant ethics committee.

Dr Demme is the Director of the Strong Memorial Hospital Clinical Ethics Consult Service, the URMC Bioethics Program Director, and has been Chair of the University of Rochester Medical Center Ethics Committee since 2002. He is Co-Director of the Division of Medical Humanities and Bioethics.
Areas of interest include ethical issues in transplantation, decision-making at the end of life, forensic Nephrology, medical history, and the use of movies in education.
Over the past several years, he has collected over 350 movies that mention or demonstrate issues about organ retrieval and transplantation. He uses clips from these movies to introduce transplant topics for conversation and education.

Awards & Honors (National)

1979-$10,000 Westinghouse Family Scholarship (one of four national recepients)

Awards & Honors (Local)

1983-Honors Biology Research Program
1983 Summa cum laude, State University of New York at Buffalo
1983-Phi Beta Kappa
1983-Alpha Epsilon Delta
1983 Air Force Health Professions Scholarship Program
1996 Air Force Commendation Medal
1996 David Grant Medical Center Nominee for the Archie Hoffman award for Academic Medicine Excellence in Internal Medicine
1999 Air Force Commendation Medal, Oakleaf Cluster

Current Appointments

Associate Professor (Part-Time) - Department of Medicine, Nephrology (SMD) - Primary
Associate Professor (Part-Time) - Department of Medical Humanities and Bioethics (SMD)


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


MD | Medicine | SUNY Upstate Medical Center1987
BA | Biology | St Univ at Buffalo1983

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

AMA-MCW Online Fellowship in Physician Ethics and Professionalism 2005
Nephrology Fellowship (Clinical and Research) Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, MA Harvard Medical School 1993
Internal Medicine Residency, Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, TX 1990