Rochester, Minnesota


Stephen C. Textor, M.D., is a kidney disease researcher. Dr. Textor studies mechanisms of renovascular hypertension and benefits and risks of renal revascularization in atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis.

Dr. Textor has investigated pathways of inflammation and injury in ischemic nephropathy and the potential to repair injured kidneys. He also has studied blood pressure regulation and treatment in kidney transplant recipients and the implications of high blood pressure in living kidney donors.

Focus areas

  • Blood oxygen level dependent imaging. Dr. Textor uses blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) magnetic resonance imaging to evaluate blood supply and tissue oxygen levels within the kidney.
  • Regenerative medicine. Dr. Textor studies the use of mesenchymal stem cells to boost repair of injured or inflamed kidney tissue in occlusive vascular disease.
  • Renovascular disease. Dr. Textor collaborates with the laboratory of Lilach O. Lerman, M.D., Ph.D., to develop protective protocols in renovascular disease. These protocols include using mitochondrial protection to restore blood flow and function to kidneys beyond arterial occlusion.

Significance to patient care

Dr. Textor's research aims to prevent or repair injury to the kidney from vascular disease. Adults age 65 and older are at increased risk of developing kidney disease that is likely to require renal replacement therapy, such as dialysis or transplantation. Dr. Textor's efforts are directed at recovering kidney function.

Professional highlights

  • Section editor, UpToDate, 2012-present.
  • Chair, Scientific Statement on Renal Revascularization, American Heart Association, 2021-2022.
  • Faculty, Board Review Course & Update, Hypertension Session, American Society of Nephrology, 2013-2022.
  • Co-editor, "Renal Vascular Disease," Springer, 2014.
  • Member, program project grant review committee, National Institutes of Health, 2013-2014.


Administrative Appointment

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

Academic Rank

  1. Professor of Medicine


  1. Assistant Visiting Physician Boston City Hospital
  2. Fellow - Swiss National Science Postdoctoral Foundation--Lausanne, Switzerland Hospitalier Universitetet i Vaudois
  3. Clinical Fellowship - Nephrology Boston University School of Medicine
  4. Chief Resident - Medicine Boston City Hospital
  5. Clinical Fellowship - Hypertension Boston University
  6. Senior Resident Boston City Hospital
  7. Resident Boston City Hospital
  8. Internship - Medicine Boston City Hospital
  9. MD School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles
  10. Fellow - Biochemical Research Neuropsychiatric Institute, University of California, Los Angeles
  11. BS - Chemistry Stanford University
  12. Stanford
  13. Chemistry Summer Program Augustana College

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