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Richard L. Tannen, M.D.

Professor of Medicine



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Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Medical: University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Knoxville, TN
Degree: M.D.

Residency: Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston, MA

Fellowship: Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston,MA

Board Certification: Internal Medicine


Richard L. Tannen is currently a professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine. He is employed on a half time basis with his primary effort supported by a research grant from the National Institutes of Helath Heart, Lung & Bllod Institute. His current research focuses on the value of computerized primary care medical record database performing research on the effectiveness of medical treatments.

He initially joined the University of Pennsylvania Medical School faculty in an administrative role in 1195. He came to Penn with an extensive background as an investigator, clinician and medical administrator. During his 30 years in biomedical science, he held continuous NIH funding, served as director of the NIH George M. O'Brien Kidney Research Center at the University of Michigan. He has held faculty positions at the University of Vermont, where he was Chief of the Nephrology Division, and at the University of Michigan, where he was Chief of the Nephrology Division, and at the University of Southern California where he was Chairman of the Department of Medicine.

He has published more than 100 journal articles, was the co-aeditor of am major book in Kidney Diseases and has served as Presidnet of the American Society of Nephrology, Vice President of the National Kidney Foundation, and Chairman of the Kidney Section of the American Heart Association; and is a member of many other professional socities. His areas of nephrology research involve fluid electrolyte metabolism with specific interests in renal ammonia metabolism and potassium metabolism, as well as organic acidoses.

Selected Publications:

Tannen RL:  The relationship of renal ammonia production and potassium homeostasis. Kidney Int. 11:453-465, 1977.


Tannen RL: Renal ammonia production and excretion. In:  Handbook of Renal Physiology, Section 8: Renal Physiology 2nd ed. Edited by E Windhager. Oxford Univ. Press, NY 1992 pp1017-1059.


Hood VL, Tannen RL.  Protection of acid-base balance by pH regulation of acid production.  New England Journal of Medicine. 339:819-826, 1998.

Kokko JP, Tannen RL, Eds:  Fluids and Electrolytes, 3rd Edition W.B. Saunders, Co., Philadelphia. 1996


Tannen RL, Hallows, KL.  Potassium Homeostasis.  In:  Oxford Textbook of Clinical Nephrology, 3rd Edition.  Edited by Davison AM, Cameron S, Grunfeld JP, Ponticelli C, Ritz, E, Winearls C, Van Ypersele, C.  Oxford University Press, Oxford UK, 2005, pp 241-267.


Tannen, RL, Weiner, MG, Marcus, SM.  Simulation of the Syst-Eur randomized control trial using a primary care electronic medical record was feasible.  Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 59:254-264, 2006


Tannen RL, Weiner MG, Xie D, Barnhart K.  Simulation of the women’s health initiative trial using data from a primary care practice database.  Journal of Clinical Epidemiology (In Press).


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