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Thomas L. Nickolas, MD

Board Certifications: 
Nephrology
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(212) 305-3273

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Credentials & Experience

Board Certifications

  • Nephrology

Clinical Expertise

  • Bone and Mineral Metabolism
  • Research Studies
  • Kidney Disease

Education & Training

  • University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine
  • Residency: University of Pennsylvania Hospital
  • Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Honors & Awards

  • 1989 Phi Eta Sigma
  • 1992 Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1991 Henry Rutgers Scholar
  • 1993 Summa cum laude in biochemistry
  • 1997 Alpha Omega Alpha
  • 1999 George Davey Howells Prize in Otolaryngology for Diseases of the Head & Neck, Nose and Throat
  • 2002 Patient Oriented Research Scholarship, Columbia University
  • 2006 International Society for Clinical Densitometry, Special Projects Award
  • 2006 National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program
  • 2006 Amgen Junior Faculty Research Award
  • 2009 Herbert Irving Scholars Award, Columbia University

About Thomas Nickolas

Academic Titles

  • Associate Professor of Medicine at CUMC

Committee/Societies/Council Memberships

Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO): Bone Quality Working Group

National Institutes of Health: Kidney Research National Dialogue - Acute Kidney Injury Working Group

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

Gender

  • Male

Insurance Accepted

Aetna

  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Indemnity
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NY Signature
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Signature Administrators
  • Student Health

Affinity

  • Access (Exchange)
  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Amida Care

  • Special Needs Plan

Cigna

  • EPO
  • Great West
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO

Emblem/GHI

  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Emblem/HIP

  • ConnectiCare
  • EPO
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Select Care (Exchange)
  • Vytra

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Blue Priority
  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Indemnity
  • Medicare (Mediblue)
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • Pathway (Exchange)
  • POS
  • PPO

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Fidelis Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Healthfirst

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare

  • MagnaCare

Medicare

  • Traditional Medicare (NY)

Multiplan

  • Multiplan

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty
  • Medicare Managed Care

POMCO

  • POMCO

UnitedHealthcare

  • Columbia University Employee Plan
  • Compass (Exchange)
  • EPO
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO

VNSNY CHOICE

  • SelectHealth

WellCare

  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

*Please contact the provider’s office directly to verify that your particular insurance is accepted.

Contact & Locations

1
622 West 168th Street
Room PH 4-124
New York, New York 10032
Phone:
(212) 305-3273
Fax:
(212) 305-4981
Primary

Research

Patients with chronic kidney disease have poor bone strength and increased fracture risk. Hip fractures, which tend to be debilitating, are particularly common and can result in an increased risk of death. My primary interest is the effect of kidney disease on the skeleton, with an emphasis on the microstructural and biochemical mechanisms by which kidney failure increases fracture risk. The identification of these mechanisms will lay the groundwork for the development and study of novel and effective fracture prevention strategies. After kidney transplantation fracture risk is markedly increased, particularly of the spine and hip. We are currently studying risk factors for and the structural, microarchitectural and biochemical mechanisms of fracture after kidney transplantation. These data will advance the development of novel fracture prevention strategies for kidney transplant recipients.

Research Interests

  • Renal osteodystrophy
  • Kidney transplant-related osteodystrophy
  • Fracture risk assessment and treatment in patients with kidney disorders

Clinical Trials

A Comparative Trial of Calcitriol Versus Placebo for the Preservation of Bone Mass and Strength After Kidney Transplantation (clinicaltrials.gov NCT02224144)

Grants

Satellite Health Care: Norman S. Coplon Award

PATHOGENESIS OF COMPROMISED BONE QUALITY AND MECHANICS IN CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE (Federal Gov)

Aug 5 2016 - Jun 30 2021

INCIDENCE AND IMPLICATIONS OF SUBCLINICAL KIDNEY INJURY WITH TENOFOVIR-BASED PREP (Federal Gov)

Aug 1 2014 - May 31 2018

ADVANCING CLINICAL RESEARCH IN PRIMARY GLOMERULAR DISEASES (UM1) (Federal Gov)

Sep 16 2013 - May 31 2018

BONE PROPERTIES IN HYPOPARATHYROIDISM: EFFECT OF PTH (Federal Gov)

Dec 1 2004 - Jun 30 2017

A COMPARATIVE TRIAL OF CALCITRIOL VERSUS PLACEBO FOR THE PRESERVATION OF BONE MASS AND STRENGTH AFTER KIDNEY TRANSPLANTATION (Private)

Mar 5 2014 - Mar 4 2016

USING ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS TO DESIGN A CKD-SPECIFIC FRACTURE RISK ASSESSMENT TOOL (NY State Gov)

Jul 1 2014 - Jun 30 2015

THE UTILITY OF BIO-INTACT PTH AND NON-RENALLY CLEARED BONE TURNOVER MARKERS TO DISCRIMINATE FRACTURE STATUS IN PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE (Private)

Nov 18 2011 - Dec 31 2013

BONE QUALITY AND MECHANICAL COMPETENCE IN CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASES (Federal Gov)

Aug 1 2008 - Jun 30 2013

BONE QUALITY & STRENGTH IN CHRONIC KIDNEY (Private)

Jul 1 2006 - Jun 30 2012

THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR CLINICAL DENSITOMETRY (Private)

Jul 1 2006 - Jun 30 2007