George Bakris, MD

Director, Comprehensive Hypertension Center

George Bakris

George Bakris, MD, specializes in the diagnosis and reduction of high blood pressure, particularly in complicated and refractory cases. He is also skilled in the treatment of kidney disease, with special expertise in diabetes-related kidney disease. Dr. Bakris is an expert in the interpretation of Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM), a technique that gives physicians a more accurate reading of a patient's blood pressure.

In his research activities, Dr. Bakris explores why the rate of kidney disease is significantly higher in the black population than it is in other ethnic groups. He also evaluates specific markers of kidney disease progression and heightened cardiovascular risk, as well as how changes in the artery (central pressure) affect the heart and kidney.

Most recently, Dr. Bakris has served as the national principal investigator on two clinical trials: one trial involves renal denervation as a way to lower blood pressure in people with resistant hypertension; the other investigates a new polymer designed to lower potassium among those with kidney disease and persistently high potassium values.

Practice Locations

Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine 
5758 S. Maryland Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60637

150 E. Huron Street 
Suite 900 
Chicago, IL 60611

Year Started Practice


Board Certifications

Internal Medicine 

Medical School

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Sciences

Internship and Residency

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN


The University of Chicago Medicine


American College of Physicians 
American Diabetes Association 
American Hearth Association High Blood Pressure and Kidney Councils 
American Society of Hypertension 
American Society of Nephrology 
National Kidney Foundation

Languages Spoken



Office Phone

(773) 702-7936

Office Fax

(773) 834-0486

Office Postal Address

George Bakris, MD 
The University of Chicago Medicine 
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 1027 
Chicago, IL 60637