Allan J. Collins, MD, FACP


Commitment to Patient-Centered Care

"I am committed to the Patient Centered Care model developed and implemented at Hennepin County Medical Center."

Clinical Expertise

Dr. Collins has over thirty-five years of experience in nephrology and ESRD treatment. His clinical experience and research have focused on acute and chronic care of ESRD and CKD patients and prospective and retrospective focused clinical studies on chronic kidney disease, dialysis techniques and associated outcomes. He has also participated in international guidelines for kidney disease care, WHO committees on chronic kidney disease and boards of international kidney foundations. Dr. Collins served as director of the USRDS Coordinating Center from 1999-2014 and has held leadership roles at the National Kidney Foundation (president 2 years, scientific advisory board member 6 years) and with the Kidney Dialysis Outcomes Quality Initiative. He also served on the International Society of Nephrology's Commission for the Global Advancement of Nephrology Committee.


  • Professor, Medicine, University of Minnesota


  • 2014 Recipient, American Society of Nephrology Belding H. Scribner Award for contributions to the field of Nephrology

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Nephrology
  • International Society of Nephrology
  • Kidney Health Australia
  • IKEA-J Japan Foundation.


"I have found my 36 years at Hennepin County Medical Center to be the most rewarding of my professional career. The evolution of my career from trainee, to staff nephrologist, to director of the renal intensive care unit, dialysis operational research, director of the Regional Kidney Disease Program (RKDP) Metropolitan Dialysis Division and chair of the RKDP operating committee, has opened many opportunities to advance care for kidney disease patients. My academic promotions have been based on my publication history, as well as my teaching and international work. My HCMC career led to my directorship of the NIH/NIDDK-funded United States Renal Data System Coordinating Center for 14.5 years. My research group, the Chronic Disease Research Group, a Division of the Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation, has published hundreds of articles. The group holds the contract for the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients from the Health Research Services Administration. In 2014 the CDRG developed a new Peer Kidney Care Initiative, a collaboration with the 14 largest dialysis providers in the United States providing focused areas to advance care for the providers and to help develop new approaches to assessing care and outcomes."


Medical School

Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA


Internal Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA


Nephrology, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Nephrology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA