University of Missouri School of Medicine MU Health School of Medicine

Ravi Nistala, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine

Clinical Profile

Clinical and Research Interests

Mechanisms leading to hypertensive, diabetic and obesity related kidney diseases.

Contact Information

Division: Nephrology
Department: Medicine
Office Phone: 882-7991
Office Address: DC043.00, 1 Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO

Board Certifications

  • 2008 Diplomate in Internal Medicine (American Board of Internal Medicine)
  • 2010 Diplomate in Nephrology (American Board of Medicine Specialties)


  • Residency: 2005-2008 Department of Internal Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
  • Fellowship: Research: 2002-2004 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Iowa
  • Fellowship: Clinical: 2008-2010 Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Nephrology, University of Missouri

Honors & Awards

  • 2014 - Finalist Harry Goldblatt New Investigator Award at HBPR Meeting, San Francisco, CA
  • 2012 - Young Investigator Award from KCVD at HBPR, Washington DC
  • 2009 - Recipient of ASN/Boehringer Ingelheim Travel Support for Nephrology Fellows. American Society of Nephrology Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA
  • 2009 - Invitation for an oral presentation with Travel Award for "Forefronts in Basic, Clinical and Translational Research in Nephrology: A Nephrology Fellow Forum", Boston, MA
  • 2007 - Winner in Research Poster Category at American College of Physicians National Meeting/Internal Medicine 2007, San Diego, CA 4/07

Professional Societies

  • 2014 – Fellow of the American Heart Association
  • 2012 - Chair of Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease (KCVD) representative for the Committee for Scientific Sessions Program (CSSP) at the AHA
  • 2011 - Editorial Board “Journal of CardioRenal Medicine”
  • 2008 - Present: American Society of Nephrology
  • 2008 - Present: National Kidney Foundation


Selected Publications

  • Nistala R, Habibi J, Lastra G, Manrique C, Aroor AR, Hayden MR, Garro M, Meuth A, Johnson M, Whaley-Connell A, Sowers JR. Prevention of obesity induced renal injury in male mice by DPP4 inhibition. Endocrinology. 2014 Jun;155(6):2266-76
  • Nistala R, Andresen BT, Pulakat L, Meuth A, Sinak C, Mandavia C, Thekkumkara T, Speth RC, Whaley-Connell AT, Sowers JR. Angiotensin Type 1 Receptor Resistance To Blockade In The Opossum Proximal Tubule Cell Due To Variations In The Binding Pocket. Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2013 Apr;304(8):F1105-13
  • Whaley-Connell A, Nistala R, Habibi J, Hayden MR, Schneider RI, Johnson MS, Tilmon R, Rehmer N, Ferrario CM, Sowers JR. Comparative Effect of Direct Renin Inhibition and AT1R Blockade on Glomerular Filtration Barrier Injury in the Transgenic Ren2 Rat.  Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2010 Mar;298(3):F655-6
  • Wei Y, Sowers JR, Nistala R, Gong H, Uptergrove GME, Clark SE, Morris EM, Szary N, Manrique C, and Stump CS. Angiotensin II induced NADPH oxidase activation impairs insulin signaling in skeletal muscle cells. J Biol Chem. 2006 281(46):35137-46
  • Nistala R and Sigmund CD.  A reliable and efficient method for deleting operational sequences in PACs and BACs. Nucleic Acids Research 05 / 2002 , Volume: 30(10), Pages: e41
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