Karthik TennankoreMD, SM, FRCPC

Interim division head; Professor

Phone: 902-473-5543
Fax: 902-473-2675
Mailing Address: 
Division of Nephrology
QEII - Dickson Building
Suite 5090 Dickson Building
5820 University Avenue
Halifax, NS B3H 2Y9
Research Topics:
  • kidney transplantation
  • patient outcomes
  • dialysis
  • hemodialysis


  • MD (University of Western Ontario)
  • Residency, internal medicine and nephrology (Dalhousie University)
  • Clinical fellowship in home dialysis (University of Toronto)
  • MSc, clinical epidemiology (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)


Dr. Tennankore is a nephrologist and associate professor of medicine. His clinical expertise includes chronic kidney disease and home dialysis modalities (home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis). In addition to resident clinical education, he has an interest in research methodology and runs the research rotation for nephrology trainees.

Research interests

Dr. Tennankore is interested in studying and improving outcomes of patients after initiation of dialysis and transplantation, and he is a part of national and international research initiatives in home hemodialysis. He is involved in clinical trials and conducts a number of prospective cohort studies in nephrology.

QEII Foundation Endowed Chair in Transplantation Research

On behalf of the Faculty of Medicine, I am pleased to announce that Dr. Karthik Tennankore has been appointed the QEII Foundation Endowed Chair in Transplantation Research, for a five-year term. This appointment is effective July 1, 2020.

Dr. Karthik Tennankore is a nephrologist and associate professor of medicine and holds a cross appointment in The Department of Surgery. His clinical expertise includes kidney transplantation.

Dr. Tennankore obtained his Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology through Harvard University and is the research lead for the Dalhousie Division of Nephrology. His research is focussed on studying and improving outcomes of patients before and after kidney transplantation. He is the principal investigator of a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Project Grant evaluating the impact of frailty on outcomes for patients on the kidney transplant wait list. In his role as the endowed chair, he will be embarking on innovative research in machine learning and organ transplantation, as well as evaluating physical activity and sedentary behaviour in transplant recipients.

The QEII Foundation Endowed Chair in Transplantation Research position will help bring focus to the diverse elements of transplant research ongoing at Dalhousie University and the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA), as well as coordinating interactions with other transplant research facilities in the Atlantic region and nationally.

The inaugural QEII Foundation Endowed Chair in Transplantation Research was established in October 2013, thanks to Roche Canada, RBC Financial Group and other QEII Foundation donors. Dr. Tennankore is the second person to assume this chair role.

As a research chair, Dr. Tennankore will be joining a community of scholars who are making a substantial impact on the research environment and raising the profile of their areas of expertise - locally and globally, while attracting research talent, advancing knowledge and discovery, and influencing practice and policy.

Dr. David Anderson
Dean, Faculty of Medicine