Rochester, Minnesota




The research interests of Fernando G. Cosio, M.D., center on the role of humoral mechanisms in renal disease, particularly glomerulonephritis. Specifically, Dr. Cosio looks at complement activation, antibody formation and immune complex-mediated diseases. He is also involved with patient-oriented research in glomerulonephritis and renal transplantation, and has an additional interest in transplant nephrology, particularly investigations of pathogenic mechanisms that affect long-term kidney allograft function.

Focus areas

  • Kidney transplantation
  • Post-transplant diabetes
  • Glomerulonephritis

Significance to patient care

Dr. Cosio looks at long-term outcomes for transplant patients, with a particular focus on survival rates for both donors and recipients.

Professional highlights

  • Member, Minnesota Medical Association, 2002-present; National Kidney Foundation, 1995-present; American Society of Transplant Surgeons, 1994-present; International Society of Nephrology, 1982-present; American Society of Nephrology, 1980-present
  • Outstanding Mentorship Award, Department of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, 2010
  • Teacher of the Year Award, Nephrology Fellowship, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, 2008
  • Henry S. Plummer Distinguished Physician Award, Mayo Clinic, 2007
  • Individual Award for Excellence, Mayo Clinic, 2005


Administrative Appointment

  1. Emeritus, Division of Nephrology & Hypertension, Department of Internal Medicine

Academic Rank

  1. Professor of Medicine


  1. Fellow - Nephrology University of Minnesota
  2. Chief Resident - Internal Medicine Hennepin County Medical Center
  3. Resident - Internal Medicine Hennepin County Medical Center
  4. Internship - Rotating Hennepin County Medical Center
  5. MD - Medicine and Surgery Universidad de Valladolid

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