Department Nephrology and Hypertension
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English, Hebrew, Spanish, Yiddish
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Kidney Transplantation
  • Kidney with Pancreas Transplantation
  • Nephrology
  • Organ Transplantation
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acute Kidney Injury
  • Anemia
  • Electrolyte Abnormalities
  • Glomerular Diseases
  • Growth Failure in Children with Kidney Disease
  • Hypertension - High Blood Pressure
  • Interstitial Nephritis
  • Iron Metabolism
  • Kidney Cysts, Simple
  • Kidney Stones
  • Lupus
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About Saul Nurko, MD

Saul Nurko, MD, is a staff physician in the Department of Nephrology and Hypertension at the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute and the Transplantation Center, located on the main campus at Cleveland Clinic. He was appointed in 1997.

Dr. Nurko's interests include chronic renal disease, hemodialysis, acute renal failure, anemia of chronic kidney disease, iron metabolism in health and disease, glomerulonephritis, renal transplantation, and cystic disease.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, MI USA

Residency - Sinai Hospital
Internal Medicine
Detroit, MI USA

Internship - Sinai Hospital
Internal Medicine
Detroit, MI USA

Medical Education - Universidad Nacional Autonoma De Mexico
Mexico, Mexico

Professional Highlights

  • Mentor Clinical Scientist Development Award (K08)
  • 1 K08 DK065670-01A1, NIH/NIDDK
  • Gene Expression and Anemia of Chronic Renal Failure 08/16/04 - 07/15/09
  • Minority Postdoctoral Supplement RO1 HL67725, NIH/NHLBI
  • Role of ceruloplasmin in iron metabolism and overload 02/01/03 - 07/31/04.
  • National Kidney Foundation Fellowship Award
  • Project:  Role of the Cytoskeleton in Glycine Cytoprotection of Kidney Tubules, 7/01/93 – 6/30/94


  • Internal Medicine

Specialty Interests

Acute Renal Failure, anemia of chronic kidney disease, chronic renal disease, Glomerulonephritis, Hemodialysis, iron metabolism in health and disease, renal transplantation, cystic disease


  • International Society of Nephrology
  • American Society of Nephrology
  • International BioIron Society
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 12/27/2019, Dr. Nurko has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

163 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

32 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2020

Dr. Nurko was very caring and listened to all my concerns. He explained everything to me so when I left I had a better understanding of things!

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2020

Dr Nurko was very friendly and professional. He explained everything and answered all our questions.

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2019

Dr nurko seems to care about patients well being. I appreciate that very much.

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2019

my doctor is very kind and patient. he never makes my appointment feel rushed and always listens to me.

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2019

Dr Nurko is absolutely fantastic. I have flown in many times from out of town to see him. He is knowledgeable, practical and listens very very well. yes

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

Dr. NURKO was wonderful.

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

He was very informative and didn't talk down to me. He explained things in a manner that were very understandable without a lot of doctor talk.

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2019

dr Nurko is a giood listener,easy to talk to, responds to my messages on my chart promptly. was a great find for as my nephrologist!!

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2019

I don't know anymore about what's going on with me then I did before. Very nice Dr. but I guess I went to him for nothing.

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2019

very goodDr Nurkal was very good at explaining my conditin and settin my mind at ease,

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019

Great doctor and is very helpful in explaining and taking a plan of action.

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2019

excellent doctor and I trust him

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2019

Top knotch doctor who takes his time with his patients and is very thorough

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2019


Reviewed on Aug 1, 2019

dr. Nurko gave his time and attention to my problem he requested labs and follow-ups to try to come up with a solution for my problem he is an excellent doctor and his bedside manner was wonderful can't say enough about him that is not positive and I feel he will get to the bottom of my puzzling medical problem.

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2019

I had an excellent experience. I was seen promptly and warmly greeted and well treated by the nurse during the weigh-in, the BP check and the interview. Dr. Nurko was also personable and a good, listening communicator who projected a warm, professionally caring attitude.

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2019

Dr. Nurko is very responsive to his patient's questions and concerns.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2019

Dr Nurko is an incedicle physician. always listens to my concerns and advises me on my treatment plan

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2019

very happy with my visit with Dr Nurko...made me feel very comfortable. liked him a lot, he was all that Dr Lachey said he would be.

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2019

Dr. Nurko is outstanding. He led me through each point, after a thorough history was taken, so that I clearly understood what needed to be done.

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2019

when I said I had some concerns, the doctor said I always have concerns. made me uncomfortable in sharing how I felt

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2019

I love Dr Nurko. He always makes you feel important and that what you have to say is important. He always looks right into your eyes when speaking

Reviewed on May 20, 2019

I wish all of my doctors were this attentive!

Reviewed on May 16, 2019

Dr nurko was excellant. Listened explained and was very kind!! I am very pleased with his care!!

Reviewed on May 13, 2019

We were hoping for a lifesaving option but realized after our discussion that hope could not be realized. Dr. Nurko was direct and compassionate.He shared important information. We left feeling the 12 hour trip was valuable giving us confidence that nothing more was possible. He gave us peace.Thank you.

Reviewed on May 6, 2019

he is a very kind dr. my nurse was excellent

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2019

Dr Nurko is easy to talk to, he is a good listener. He is smart and avery nice person!

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2019

I can't say enough about how positively I feel about Dr nurko. his care was exemplary... he carefully listened and paid attention to everything I and my husband said... he was aware of information in my medical chart that had been added only hours before... I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Dr nurko to anyone. I was a hospital administrator in Erie PA for 20 years and am very familiar with interaction with physicians and what a hospital hopes physicians who work there behave like. Dr nurko was simply fabulous. and does Cleveland clinic proud.

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2019

Dr Nurko is very personable, listens well, and asks appropriate questions to find out about my health.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2019

When I arrived at Dr. Nurko's office, I was told that they did not have me scheduled and that a letter cancelling my appointment was sent to me back in November. I received no such letter ! Since Dr. Nurko was in the office, he was kind enough to see me. Otherwise, it would have been a wasted trip. I have had appointments cancelled before but always I was notified well in advance which allowed me to reschedule at an appropriate time. Such was not the case in this instance, although they day was saved thanks to Dr. Nurko's efforts.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2019

Dr. Nurko is very thorough and caring. In my opinion he is an excellent provider.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2019

for the first time since being with Cleveland Clinic I felt the provider was interested in me as a patient.

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