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Dr. W. james Chon

Nephrology and Dialysis
Chicago, IL
26 years experience male

Locations

University of Chicago Medical Center

Chicago, IL

Address

5758 S. Maryland Ave., Suite 5D, Chicago, IL, US
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 12pm
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Fax

(773) 834-3745

Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

Medicare

Aetna

AFLAC

Cigna

UnitedHealthcare

About

Bio

Dr. W. James Chon is an experienced transplant nephrologist. He specializes in the evaluation of donors and recipients for kidney transplantation. Dr. Chon has extensive experience in post-transplant treatment, particularly in the management of immunosuppressive therapy for these patients. Dr. Chon has been actively involved in numerous clinical research projects that deal with complex medical issues in renal transplant candidates and recipients.

Specialties
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Nephrology and Dialysis

Internal Medicine

Licenses

United States: Illinois, Kansas, Missouri

Languages spoken

Korean

Doctor Q&A

253 Answers
193 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Diabetogenic prograf: Tacrolimus (Prograf) is known to be diabetogenic and as much as 20-25% of renal transplant recipients who did not have diabetes prior to transplant su... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Unlikely: Metapneumovirus is an uncommon respiratory virus that can cause a lung infection (pneumonia) in immunocompromised patients. People with normal immun... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Probably not: However, are you drinking 5 bottles of water because you are thirsty or because someone thought it was a good idea? Unless you have a history of kidn... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Absolutely!: Swimming is an excellent cardiovascular exercise and renal transplant recipients are encouraged to have an active lifestyle.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Unfortunately: there are no blood test that can accurately diagnose lymphoma at early stages. Diagnosis of lymphoma usually requires radiological studies combined w... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Needs evaluation: Islet cell transplantation is indicated in patients with type 1 diabetes who has frequent hypoglycemic unawareness episodes (passing out without havin... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Mycophenolate: CellCept (mycophenolate mofetil) can cause diarrhea in some patients. It is usually given twice a day (usual starting dose is 1000 mg twice a day for... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Anemia: The most common would be anemia-related symptoms which include lethargy, fatigue, cold intolerance, and shortness of breath on exertion.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
A combo pill vs. ARB: Losartan HCTZ (hydrochlorothiazide) (= Hyzaar) is a combination pill that contains both losartan (angiotensin receptor blocker) and a diuretic (hydroc... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
TI: Therapeutic Index is a ratio of the blood concentration at which a drug becomes toxic and that at which the drug is effective. The larger the TI, the ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Depends: Induction treatments (potent immune suppressing meds given around the time of the transplant surgery) are usually given intravenously and often more t... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Several functions: Kidneys have several functions which include: 1) maintain electrolytes in the blood to be compatible with life, 2) excrete excess electrolytes, water... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Usually not*: There are a handful reports of successful reuse of transplanted kidneys. Usually the circumstances surrounding the donor death (e.g. infections, can... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Risks in Living Dnrs: Your brother is blessed to have a sister who loves him enough to donate a kidney. To answer your question, a recent Canadian study (NEJM 372: 124-133... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
See Below: If one is born without a thumb, one of the toes can be (auto-)transplanted so that it can work as a thumb. This way, you don't have to be on anti-rej... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Depends: It depends on what else you are eating and drinking. For example, if you eat fruits or drink other beverages (both are mostly water), pure water inta... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
No, it does not: Renavive contains more than a dozen ingredients (P Niruri, T Terrestris, Parsley Seed Extract, L Inermis, F Racemosa, B Diffusa, C Nurvala, R Sativus,... Read More
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
No sig interaction: Nyquil contains acetaminophen (tylenol), dextromethorphan (cough suppressant), and doxylamine succinate (antihistamine). Nitrofurantoin is an antibio... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Depends: For deceased donor renal transplants, if you live in most metropolitan areas in the U.S., the current wait time is in excess of 5 years. Because some... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Non family donor OK: The living kidney donor does not have to be a family member as long as the blood types are compatible and the recipient does not have antibodies again... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Usually: Most living kidney donors stay in the hospital for 2 days. They need to be able to eat and drink without difficulty and post-op pain needs to be unde... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Deceased donor tests: Most deceased donors will have their blood and urine tests done before they are considered for kidney donation (serum creatinine, urinalysis, urine pr... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Improved life: Most dialysis patients will enjoy a better quality of life and longer life span after kidney transplantation. It is also known that long history of d... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
No: Decades ago, many transplant programs used to have a age cut-off (e.g. 65 years). However, over the past 10-15 years, most programs have done away wi... Read More
A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Nephrologist: If you have a chronic kidney disease and need a kidney transplantation, please have your PCP (primary care physician) to refer you to a nephrologist (... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Some patients do: Some dialysis patients will continue to urinate, but the urine output will become less and less and most patients who have been on dialysis for a coup... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Not right away: One needs to be cancer free (2-5 years) before he or she can safely transplanted. A lot depends on the type of cancer and the extent of the disease (... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Depends: BK viruria (virus in the urine) is quite common and but high grade viruria or viremia (virus in the blood) can lead to BK virus nephropathy and if not... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Donor family: A Decision to donate organs is up to the deceased (if they signed up to be an organ donor) or to the next-of-kin (if the deceased is not an registered... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Low Sodium in Blood: Although the term hyponatremia means "low sodium in blood", it is caused by abnormal handling of water by the kidneys. Reabsorption of water in the k... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
No: Although age restriction on living donation varies among programs (ages 18 to 21), all of them will not consider donor surgery in patients younger tha... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
A personal decision: I think it is a personal decision one has to make. There is no doubt that the person will eventually find out. What you might want to consider is fa... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Post-transplant F/U: Transplant recipients need to have close monitoring by their transplant team. It usually involves getting blood test to monitor the kidney function a... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Probably: The usual starting dose is 25 mg daily. Please contact your physician to discuss the issue.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Rheumatologist: If you have an autoimmune disease, you need to see a rheumatologist who will identify the type of autoimmune disease and offer you an effective therap... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
All depends: Many renal transplant recipients have active lifestyle and transplant itself is not a contraindication to skydiving. If you are 28 years old and has ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Kidneys: There nearly 100,000 patients with kidney failure who are waiting for donor kidneys; however, there are fewer than 10,000 deceased donor kidneys that ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Ultrasound: An ultrasound of the bladder is a non-invasive test that can determine the size of the bladder.
A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Yes: More than 90% of renal transplant recipients whose kidney fails years after transplant will get resisted for a re-transplant. However, the waiting ti... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Not necessarily: Depends on why you are on immunosuppressants and how severely immunosuppressed you are. I wouldn't let the fact that you are on immunosuppressive med... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Depends: If you miss just one dose of anti-rejection meds, the risk of that precipitating a rejection is likely low. However, it is the repeated non-complianc... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
"sore kidneys": Not sure what you mean by "sore kidneys". If you mean having low back pain, it is more likely that the pain is not caused by the kidneys. Most patie... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Rhabdo: Rhabdomyolysis refers to death of muscle cells and the subsequent release of the cellular components into the bloodstream resulting from either trauma... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Varies: I assume you are asking about living donation. Most kidney transplant programs will consider you if you are 21 years of age or older. Some will even... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Uremia: If you have renal failure and is unable to excrete toxins and excess electrolytes/water from your body, you are likely to have symptoms and signs of u... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Asymptomatic: Most patients with MSK do not have any symptoms and are usually found incidentally on abdominal imaging studies. When they do present with symptoms, ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Depends: The rate of clearance (or excretion) depends on the renal function of the patient. In patients with normal kidney function, 50% of the injected dose ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Depends: It depends on what organ is getting transplanted and how likely the recipient is going to have a rejection episode and what other medical conditions t... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
3 years: Once you have a transplant, Medicare will pick up the cost of your anti-rejection meds for the first three years.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 26 years experience
Not really: It is extremely important that you take your anti-rejection medications every day on time. If you are off by 15 -30 minutes, I don't think it will ha... Read More

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May 4, 2015
Dr. Chon is a first-rate physician who combines an excellent fund of knowledge with a kind and patient manner. I am very pleased that he has joined us here at HealthTap.
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Nov 11, 2015
Hi, its Arthur Braun, I really miss you on Healthtap. Arthur Braun ffecarthur@aol.com #nationaldoctorsday2016 #virtualflower1
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Jan 25, 2015
Dr. Chon is a superb clinician only surpassed by his caring and empathy for his patients.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Chronic fever/neck swelling 1yr+ but bloods & U/S ok - was told I'm ok
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Thank you, this news article was very helpful! I very much wonder if I had this? It makes sense...
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Thanks Doc, this helped clear things up. I'll try finding the article.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

New York University School of Medicine, NY
Graduated 1996MD

Residency

University of Rochester Medical Center
Completed 1999

Awards

2013 Super Doctors
Fellow, American College of Physicians
Fellow, American Society of Nephrology

Affiliations

American Society Of Transplantation
American Society Of Nephrology
International Society Of Nephrology
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