Michael James Choi, MD| Nephrology | MedStar Health

Michael James Choi, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.8 out of 5 (54 reviews)

Specialities: Nephrology

Languages: English

877-625-1483

About me

Dr. Michael Choi is Director for the Division of Nephrology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He has a focused interest in glomerular diseases and chronic kidney disease. He is the Fellowship Program Director in Nephrology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and was the Program Director at the Johns Hopkins University from 1996-2009. He is the Past-President of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and present member and past NKF Education Committee Chair. He was the Chairman of the 2011 NKF Spring Clinical Meeting. He was a member of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Program Education Committee for Glomerular Disease, He was Co-Editor of the NephSAP (the nephrology self-assessment program for Chronic Kidney Disease. He is presently on the American Society of Nephrology Ethics Committee. He is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Nephrology test writing committee elected for his expertise in glomerular diseases. He has several important publications on renal physiology, glomerular disease, and genetic kidney disease, including studies on APOL1 and CKD progression. 

Dr. Choi sees patients at the following location:
3800 Reservoir Road Northwest, Pasquerilla Healthcare Center
6th Fl Nephrology
Washington, DC 20007
202-444-9183

Clinical areas of focus

  • Acute Kidney Injury
  • Cardiorenal Syndrome
  • Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
  • Diabetic Nephropathy
  • End Stage Renal Disease
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Hypertension
  • Kidney Disease
  • Medical Management Of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
  • Nephrotic Syndrome
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Acute Interstitial Nephritis
  • Acute Kidney Injury
  • Acute Tubular Necrosis
  • Alport Syndrome
  • Amyloid Nephropathy
  • Anti Glomerular Basement Membrane Disease
  • Azotemia
  • Bartter Syndrome
  • BK Virus Nephropathy
  • Cardiorenal Syndrome
  • Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
  • Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) After Renal Transplant
  • Congenital Renal Disease
  • Contrast Induced Nephropathy
  • Cryoglobulinemia
  • Crystalluria
  • Diabetes Insipidus
  • Diabetic Nephropathy
  • Dialysis Related Amyloidosis
  • End Stage Renal Disease
  • Ethylene Glycol Poisoning
  • Familial Renal Amyloidosis
  • Fibromuscular Dysplasia
  • Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Glomerulonephropathy
  • Glucocorticoid Remediable Hypertension
  • Gouty Nephropathy
  • Granulomatosis With Polyangiitis
  • Hematuria
  • Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
  • Hepatorenal Syndrome
  • HIV Nephropathy
  • Horseshoe Kidney
  • Hydronephrosis
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Hypercalciuria
  • Hyperkalemia
  • Hypermagnesemia
  • Hypernatremia
  • Hyperoxaluria
  • Hyperphosphatemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertrophy Of Kidney
  • Hyperuricemia
  • Hypocalcemia
  • Hypokalemia
  • Hypomagnesemia
  • Hyponatremia
  • Hypophosphatemia
  • Iga Nephropathy
  • Iga Vasculitis
  • Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone Secretion
  • Ischemic Nephropathy
  • Kidney Disease
  • Kidney Malformation
  • Lead Nephropathy
  • Liddle Syndrome
  • Light Chain Disorders
  • Lithium Nephropathy
  • Lithium Poisoning
  • Lupus Nephritis
  • Malignant Hypertension
  • Maternal Iga Nephropathy
  • Maternal Renal Disease
  • Medullary Sponge Kidney
  • Membranous Nephropathy
  • Metabolic Acidosis
  • Metabolic Alkalosis
  • Methanol Poisoning
  • Microscopic Hematuria
  • Microscopic Polyangiitis
  • Minimal Change Kidney Disease
  • Nephritic Syndrome
  • Nephritis
  • Nephrocalcinosis
  • Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis
  • Nephropathy
  • Nephrosclerosis
  • Nephrotic Syndrome
  • Nephrotoxicity
  • Obesity Related Glomerulopathy
  • Pauci Immune Glopmerulonephritis
  • Pheochromocytoma
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Postural Proteinuria
  • Proteinuria
  • Pseudohypoaldosteronism Type 1
  • Pyelonephritis
  • Radiation Nephropathy
  • Reflux Nephropathy
  • Renal Agenesis And Dysgenesis
  • Renal Anomalies
  • Renal Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Renal Artery Stenosis
  • Renal Cortical Necrosis
  • Renal Cysts
  • Renal Failure
  • Renal Hypoplasia
  • Renal Insufficiency
  • Renal Manifestations Of Sickle Cell Disease
  • Renal Osteodystrophy
  • Renal Tubular Acidosis
  • Renovascular Hypertension
  • Retroperitoneal Fibrosis
  • Rhabdomyolysis
  • Salt Balance Disorders
  • Secondary Hyperaldosteronism
  • Small Kidney
  • Solitary Kidney
  • Tubulointerstitial Nephritis
  • Uncontrolled Hypertension
  • Uremia
  • Uremic Encephalopathy
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Procedures I perform

  • Medical Management Of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
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Practice locations

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3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
Pasquerilla Healthcare Center 6th Fl Nephrology
Washington, DC, 20007

202-444-5663

Fax 877-625-1483

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Insurance

MedStar Medical Group accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Medical Group, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna HMO
    • Open POS II
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Open HMO
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • CIGNA EPO
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • Network OA
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • United Healthcare Compass (HMO)
    • United Healthcare Navigate
    • Optimum Choice
    • United Healthcare Core Essential (HMO)
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • OneNet PPO, Inc.
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • United Student Resources
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • MedStar Medicare Choice
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Tricare Extra (Indemnity)
    • Tricare Standard
    • Tricare Prime
    • FIRST HEALTH
    • First Health PPO
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std. & Basic PPO)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna USAccess (POS)
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus

Education

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Nephrology

Fellowship Program: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (1994)

Residency Program: Johns Hopkins Hospital (1990)

Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1987)

Awards

  • Baltimore’s Best Doctors, Baltimore Magazine, 2018
  • The Washington Post Magazine, Top Doctors, 2011- 2013
  • Best Doctors, 2010-2019
  • USA Today’s Most Influential Doctors, Hypertension- Baltimore- Towson, 2009
  • Patient’s Choice Awards, 2008 - 2010
  • Baltimore’s Best Doctors, Baltimore Magazine, 2007
  • Best Doctors, 2007,2008
  • Garabed Eknoyan Award – Outstanding Contribution to the National Kidney Foundation, 2015
  • Miller Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence, Institution/Organization, 2018
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine: Alpha Omega Alpha, Department of Medicine, 2016
  • Distinguished Teaching Society of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2016.
  • Master Mentor Award - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2012
  • W. Barry Wood, Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2019
  • W. Barry Wood, Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2017
  • W. Barry Wood, Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2012
  • W. Barry Wood, Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2011.
  • W. Barry Wood, Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2005
  • VIP Grand Marshall Commencement, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2003
  • Department of Medicine Full-time Faculty Teaching Award. 2001
  • W. Barry Wood, Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2000
  • Outstanding Contribution Award, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2003
  • Department of Medicine Full-time Faculty Teaching Award. 2001

News and publications

He is the Clinical Discussant for the session: "Renal Biopsy: Clinical Correlations" for the 2021 American Society of Nephrology Scientific Meeting. 


  1. Choi MJ, Eustace JA, Gimenez LF, Atta MG, Scheel PJ, Sothinathan R, Briggs WA. Mycophenolate mofetil treatment for primary glomerular diseases.  Kidney Int 2002;61:1098-1114.

  2. Briggs WA, Choi MJ, Scheel PJ.  Successful mycophenolate mofetil treatment of glomerular disease.  Am J Kidney Dis. 1998;31(2):213-217.  

  3. Lipkowitz MS, Freedman BI, Langefeld CD, Comeau ME, Bowden DW, Kao WH, Astor BC, Bottinger EP, Iyengar SK, Klotman PE, Freedman RG, Zhang W, Parekh RS, Choi MJ, Nelson GW, Winkler CA, Kopp JB; the AASK Investigators. Apolipoprotein L1 gene variants associate with hypertension-attributed nephropathy and the rate of kidney function decline in African Americans. Kidney Int. 2012; 83:144-120.

  4. Parsa A, Kao WH, Xie D, Astor BC, Li M, Hsu CY, Feldman HI, Parekh RS, Kusek JW, Greene TH, Fink JC, Anderson AH, Choi MJ, Wright JT Jr, Lash JP, Freedman BI, Ojo A, Winkler CA, Raj DS, Kopp JB, He J, Jensvold NG, Tao K, Lipkowitz MS, Appel LJ; AASK Study Investigators; CRIC Study Investigators. APOL1 risk variants, race, and progression of chronic kidney disease. N Engl J Med. 2013;369:2183-96.

  5. Chen TK, Choi MJ, Kao WH, Astor BC, Scialla JJ, Appel LA, Li L, Lipkowitz MS, Wolf M, Parekh RS, Winkler CA, Estrella ME, Crews DC. Examination of Potential Modifiers of the Association of APOL1 Alleles with CKD Progression. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2015 Oct 1 [Epub ahead of print]

  6. Chen TK, Tin A, Peralta CA, Appel LJ, Choi MJ, Lipkowitz MS, Winkler CA, Estrella MM. APOL1 Risk Variants, Incident Proteinuria, and Subsequent eGFR Decline in Blacks with Hypertension-Attributed CKD. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2017 Nov 7;12(11):1771-1777

  7. King LS, Choi M, Fernandez PC, Cartran JP, Agre P.  Brief Report: Urinary concentrating defect in aquaporin-1 null individuals. N Engl J Med 2001;345:175-179.

  8. Choi MJ, Fernandez PC, Patnaik A, Coupaye-Gerard B, D'Andrea D, Szerlip H, Kleyman, TR. Brief Report: Trimethoprim induced hyperkalemia in a patient with AIDS. N Engl J Med. 1993;328:703-6.

  9. Trachtman H, Choi MJ, Somers M, Mariani L, Beck L, Waldman M, Langford C, Bomback A, Holzman L. KDOQI US Commentary on the 2012 KDIGO Clinical Practice Guidelines for Glomerulonephritis. Am J Kidney Dis. 2013 ;62:403-41.


Ratings and reviews

  • Provider explained things understandably

    4.8
  • Provider listened carefully

    4.8
  • Provider knew medical history

    4.8
  • Provider showed respect

    4.8
  • Provider spent enough time with patient

    4.9
  • Oct 31, 2022

    Very attentive and professional

  • Oct 12, 2022

    Out go & personable dr. that is interest your issue(s).

  • Sep 12, 2022

    Dr. Choi is an EXCELLENT, knowledgeable & caring clinician.