Andrew Kummer, MD
Education, training and certifications
- Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine 2008
- Residency in Internal Medicine: Hennepin County Medical Center 2011
- Chief Resident in Internal Medicine: Hennepin County Medical Center 2012
- Fellowship in Nephrology: University of Minnesota 2015
- Certification: Am Bd of Internal Medicine
After some career exploration into other areas, I decided that nephrology was the perfect fit for me. An understanding of the complex chemistry and cellular processes that go into nephrology comes naturally to me and I really enjoy the field. Even more importantly, I value the opportunity to develop long-term connections with patients in the CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease) Clinic and dialysis units. Working out of multiple venues, including outreach efforts, also contributes to making nephrology a really satisfying specialty.
I developed valuable experience before medical school as a nursing assistant, both in a nursing home and later in a hospital. It was through those experiences that I learned what is involved in caring for people on every level, and developed my respect for nursing staff for being the "front lines" in patient care. My parents taught me well. From my father the investigative journalist, I've learned to be a tireless investigator who won't rest until I understand the underlying disease processes in all of my patients. From watching my mother, the special education teacher, I've learned to enjoy teaching trainees and patients alike.
When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with my wife and three children. We like fishing, baseball, swimming, watching movies, going to playgrounds, and visiting our extended family. I also enjoy running occasionally, though not nearly as fast or as long as I used to when I ran competitively!
Nephrology focuses on the treatment of kidney conditions and abnormalities. Nephrologists diagnose causes and levels of kidney failure and prescribe appropriate treatments, such as medication, diet changes or dialysis. Learn more about our Nephrology services.