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 School - 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
  • Internal Medicine - Nephrology

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 1/8/2018, 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

125 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

16 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2018

Dr. Nurko is kind, compassionate, and in general an excellent doctor. He always calls back or answers on MyChart. He inspires confidence. He also has a good sense of humor!

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2018

Dr Nurko is the best! I know I am in good hands when I see him for my check-up.

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2018

the experience was, in most respects, very good. everyone was polite and helpful and the doctor was excellent. a little trouble scheduling appt but got who I needed when I needed.

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2018

Dr. Nurko was upfront and to the point in a very professional and courteous manner which is what I want in a doctor.

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2018

I replaced my local nephrologist with Dr. Nurko the beginning of the year and have no regrets. I appreciate his care.

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2018

I have been a patient of Dr. Nurco for several years and he has always been nice and always willing to listen. He also answered every question or concern that I had. Dr. Nurco has been a very caring and concerned doctor to me.

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2018

Dr. Nurko was genuine and honest when he spoke with him, answering all of my questions with sincerity.

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2018

I waited a while to see the doctor but he takes his time with patients so I prefer to wait knowing I am going to get enough time with him when he does see me.

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2018

Dr. Nurko does an excellent job in my visits.

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2018

Dr. Nurko showed great concern with regard to my condition .

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2018

Dr. Nurko has been my Doctor since my Kidney Transplant; He's been excellent with information and with care. HE'S THE BEST

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2018

the doctor was wonderful, I felt listened to and I felt he was concerned regarding my condition and wanted to help me as best he could

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2018

I love Dr Nurko. He makes me feel comfortable and important and also has a great sense of humor. All the employees love him too so that says a lot!

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2018

Dr. Nourko was very thorough. He eased my anxiety with his calm approach.

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2018

My experience overall for this office visit with Dr. Nurko was very good. I was pleased with the time he took to understand my kidney problem & he was very friendly & informative. He put me at ease. He answered most of my questions except the ones that will depend on the biopsy for the kidney. Those will depend on the results. Very satisfied with Dr. Nurko.

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2018

Dr. Nurko integrated my status with my kidney with all of my heart problems.

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