Dr. Clifford Kashtan is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and an attending Pediatric Nephrologist at the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital-Fairview, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Nephrology. He completed his medical school training at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, residency at Boston City Hospital, and pediatric nephrology fellowship at the University of Minnesota, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1987. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology and has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation and Pediatric Nephrology. He has also served as a Councilor of the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology. Dr. Kashtan has authored numerous original research articles, reviews and book chapters on Alport syndrome. He is also the author of the Alport syndrome entries at the online resources UpToDate and GeneReviews. He has lectured on Alport syndrome at numerous institutions and meetings, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Kashtan developed methods for diagnosing Alport syndrome by examining type IV collagen chains in kidney and skin biopsies.