Samvhavi Krishnamoorthy

UChicago Faculty Physicians

Sambhavi Krishnamoorthy, MBBS

Assistant Professor of Medicine

My name is Sam Krishnamoorthy. I'm a transplant nephrologist at University of Chicago. I help dialysis patients and patients with kidney disease in the process of getting their kidney transplant. My job is to help my patients get on the kidney transplant list. I make sure that all their testing is updated, they're healthy enough to be able to go through a kidney transplant

I also strongly believe that we should be doing more living kidney donations, so one of the aspects of my job is also to screen donors to help my patients find good quality kidneys. That way they can stay off dialysis for the longest time possible.

When I see a dialysis patient who has been through the process of setting up for dialysis, learning so many new things as they hear about dialysis-- prepare for dialysis, and at the end of the road I can successfully get them on the kidney transplant list, or get them a kidney donor. And when I see them walk out of the hospital, making plenty of urine, knowing that they're not going to go back to the dialysis unit, that's one of the happiest moments for me.

Even when I was doing fellowship and I was coming in the middle of the night to see patients who are getting evaluated to possibly get a kidney transplant the next day-- even a midnight phone call was a happy news for me, because I would always be excited for the patient who would have dialyzed for the last time that day. And that's what keeps me going and makes it very exciting to work in the field of kidney transplantation.

So I came into medicine because I really loved science. And I went into nephrology because I really, really love kidneys. But one of the things that keeps me going is actually how tough some of our kidney disease patients are, the things that they've gone through and struggled through, which is what pushed me to make myself work harder to come into transplant nephrology. Because I really think being a transplant doctor means that I can work much harder to push this field further so we can do things for our patients that actually make their lives better in ways that we haven't been able to do before.

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Nephrology

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • Renal Physician Association
  • American Society of Transplantation
  • American Society of Nephrology

Practicing Since

  • 2011

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Hindi
  • Marathi
  • Tamil

Medical Education

  • Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College


  • University of Louisville Health


  • University of Louisville Health


  • Washington University in St Louis

  • Aetna HMO (specialists only)
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
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  • BCBS HMO (HMOI) (specialists only)
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare *see insurance page
  • Aetna Better Health *see insurance page
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice Plus POS/PPO
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO) (specialists only)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
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  • BCBS Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus HMO
  • United Choice HMO (specialists only)
  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)

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