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Thomas L. Nickolas, MD

Board Certifications: 
Nephrology
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Credentials & Experience

Board Certifications

  • Nephrology

Clinical Expertise

  • Bone and Mineral Metabolism
  • Kidney Disease
  • Research Studies

Education & Training

  • University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine
  • 1998 University of Pittsburgh
  • Residency: University of Pennsylvania Hospital
  • Residency: 2001 Hospital Of The University Of Pennsylvania
  • Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: 2003 NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical C

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 University Irving Medical Center

Gender

  • Male

Insurance Accepted

Aetna

  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • NY Signature
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Signature Administrators
  • Student Health

Affinity

  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

AgeWell

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Special Needs Plan

Amida Care

  • Special Needs Plan

Capital District Physician Health Plan

  • Capital District Physician Health Plan

Cigna

  • EPO
  • Great West
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO

Elderplan

  • Medicare Managed Care

Emblem/GHI

  • 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

  • EPO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • 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
  • Leaf (Exchange)
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare

  • MagnaCare

Medicare

  • Traditional Medicare (NY)

Multiplan

  • Multiplan

MVP Health Care

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

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty

UnitedHealthcare

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

VNSNY CHOICE

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • SelectHealth
  • Special Needs Plan

WellCare

  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

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Contact & Locations

1
51 Audubon Avenue
New York, New York 10032
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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

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

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