Raymond R. Townsend, MD, is a Professor of Medicine and an Associate Director of the Clinical and Translational Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently a Principal Investigator on a 7-center U01 grant (DK-060984) studying factors in the progression of chronic kidney disease and the development and progression of cardiovascular disease in patients with CKD. His formal certifications are in internal medicine (ABIM), nephrology (ABIM), clinical pharmacology (ASCP) and hypertension (ASH). He is a fellow in the American Heart Association and the Council for High Blood Pressure Research. He was the AHA Physician of the Year awardee for 2016.
Research interests include role of vascular dynamics in CKD progression and the incidence/development of CVD in CKD.
He was an empaneled member of JNC 8 Hypertension Guideline. Since 2012 he has been working in the field of renal denervation as a treatment for high blood pressure.