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Department Kidney Medicine
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English, Hebrew, Spanish, Yiddish
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Kidney and Pancreas Transplant
  • Kidney Transplant
  • Nephrology
  • Organ Transplant
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acute Kidney Injury
  • Anemia
  • Electrolyte Abnormalities
  • Glomerular Diseases
  • Growth Failure in Children with Kidney Disease
  • High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
  • 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

Residency - Sinai Hospital
Internal Medicine
Detroit, MI

Internship - Sinai Hospital
Internal Medicine
Detroit, MI

Medical Education - Universidad Nacional Autonoma De 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 - 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 1/12/2024, 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

145 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

28 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 2, 2024

Dr. Nurko and Michele Lard are both very, very responsive to my communications

Reviewed on May 1, 2024

I always receive return phone calls from my doctor once the receptionists or nursing staff transfer the messages over. There seems to often be a large delay in getting the measage sent over to my doctor when using MyChart. I sometimes have to call due to receiving no verification that the message was sent to my doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2024

This was my first visit to Dr. Nurko and he spent a great deal of time with me, answering all my questions and concerns - and I had a lot! I left the visit feeling confident that I had a solid care plan in place and that I was in good hands under his care. While he is a superb physician, he is also genuinely a nice human being. His bedside manner was textbook perfect, and I have a strong suspicion that is how he is naturally to all of his patients. I would highly recommend him to anyone I know who is in need of a nephrologist, as he is a true gem.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2024

Dr. Nurko is really someone special. You are fortunate to have him on your staff!

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2024

My experience with Dr Nurko have been good.

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2024

Dr. Nurko's office had scheduled the appointment after my previous visit, which was very helpful.

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2024

Dr. Nurko is very experienced in giving excellent care. His knowledge, professionalism, and caring attitude are always appreciated.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2024

Dr. Nurko is my best provider.

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2024

Dr Nurko has done an excellent job getting my high blood pressure and low Potassium under control. Appreciate his attention to detail and analysis of my needs.

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2024

Dr Nurko is excellent. I was impressed by his new blood pressure unit. It measured your blood pressure 3 times and calculates the average. He gave me instructions how to take my blood pressure at home the right way. I trust him and I am very grateful he is my doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2024

Dr. Nurko has been giving me the best care possible since 2012. He's very caring and understanding. He answered all my questions and concerns even with silly ones. He responded and provided treatment promptly whenever my kidney health seemed to have problems. I'm very lucky and very grateful to be in his care.

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2024

I've had Dr Nurko for years and the care I recieve from him is well received he listen to my concerns and then he process it and if anything needs to be address he will let me know. When I leave I always feel like he really care about me and my health very good doctor. Thanks

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2024

Dr. Nurko is a very competent gentleman and I have the utmost confidence in the care he provides me.

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2024

Dr. Nurko is one of the best physicians I've ever had, and I've had many with all my issues. He's not only knowledgeable, but kind.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2023

I appreciate Dr. Nurko so much, he stepped in to facilitate my care when no one at CCF bothered to let me know (not even a letter) that my nephrologist of over 12 years, Dr. Stephany, left the clinic. It Is very stressful, as a transplant patient, to learn you do not have a physician. However, I am totally satisfied with Dr. Nurko, he Is very thorough, with a great personality and excellent bedside manner.Thank you!

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2023

Thanks you Dr. Nurko! I'm very happy that I met you and I'm now under your care!

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2023

He was so patient, thorough, kind, personable. I felt very lucky to have found him and very well cared for.

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2023

Dr Nurco is just great!!!

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2023

Liked the doctor

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2023

The Doctor Nurko was excellent. On his game the day I saw him.

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2023

Dr. Nurko is very reassuring to me always that things are fine, no change in my condition.

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2023

Dr. Nurko is my favorite doctor!

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2023

Dr.Nurko is an excellent doctor with way too busy of a schedule

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2023

Dr.Nurko was very thorough, comforting, explaining everything. I felt very good about my visit .

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2023

Dr Nurko is a best in class example of someone who cares about his patient. I truly believes he cares about me as a human being.I have not always had that experience at the Cleveland Clinic with other providers.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2023

Love Dr Nurko. He understands exactly what my issues are

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2023

I had open heart surgery at Cleveland Clinic in November of 2020. Dr Pettersson and his team CLEARLY saved my life. Dr. Nurco was on that team.

Reviewed on May 30, 2023

Dr. Nurko was very helpful in answering some questions and giving me the reassurance I needed.

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