Dr. W. james Chon

Nephrology and Dialysis
Chicago, IL
27 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

Thursday: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
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Fax

(773) 834-3745

Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

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Aetna

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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
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Nephrology and Dialysis

Internal Medicine

Licenses

United States: Illinois, Kansas, Missouri

Languages spoken

Korean

Doctor Q&A

253 Answers
193 Agrees
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Risks: It is a major surgery that requires general anesthesia. A potential recipient will undergo an extensive eval to make sure that there are no contraind... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Age is just a number: Many years ago, most programs used to set the age limit at 65. However, there are many patients who may be in their mid to late 60s or in early 70s w... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Yes: The average length of stay for renal transplant recipient is 3-5 days. If the transplanted kidney is slow to function, the patient may be hospitalize... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
PCR test: PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test is the most widely used for detecting CMV infection/viremia (the presence of the virus in the blood). Viral cult... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Purpose of Renal Tx: When a person has renal failure, it is not just one kidney but both kidneys that have inadequate function. Therefore, a new kidney is needed to assum... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Poss complications: Several possible complications include: 1. Post-surgical complications (infection, bleeding, etc) 2. Acute Rejection (AR rate during the 1st year is
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Contact MD: There is no antidote for CellCept (mycophenolate mofetil). It is an immunosuppressant and it can cause adverse effects such as bone marrow suppressio... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Mostly positive: A lot depends on the type of kidney transplant one receives. A deceased donor kidney tends to last approximately 7-10 years whereas a living donor ki... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Highly unlikely: If you had a kidney transplant 14 years ago and still has a good renal allograft function, I highly doubt any transplant doctor will be willing to cha... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Water soluble: Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin and there are no known interactions with commonly used anti-rejection medications. There are no known serious adver... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Rejection: The recipient's immune system will attack the transplanted organ and it will suffer an rejection. It may take weeks to months before the non-complian... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Bioequivalent: Both Neoral and Gengraf have been used in transplant recipients for many years (Neoral ~30 years, Gengraf ~ 10 years). Gengraf is an AB-rated generic... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Risks & Benefits: Most patients will enjoy a better quality of life and longer life span with kidney transplant compared to remaining on dialysis. One needs to realize... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Advance Directive: It is a legal document that details what actions are to be taken for one's health if he or she is not able to make decisions for him/herself because t... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Needs clarification: If your CMV antibody (IgG) test was (+), it indicates that you had a prior exposure to the virus but does not mean an active infection. In most renal... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
No: No herbal supplement will reliably stop nocturia. More importantly, one needs to find the cause(s) of nocturia.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Depends: A living kidney donor is undergoing a surgery he or she does not need and needs to weigh the potential risks he/she is willing to take. In the U.S., ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Depends: Tacrolimus is a calcineurin inhibitor and is the most widely-used immunosuppressive medication in the U.S. for organ transplant recipients. It is a t... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Contact Tx Program: I believe you are referring to being an altruistic organ donor. In order to be able to donate, one has to undergo a very thorough donor evaluation th... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
CNI: All calcineurin inhibitors (CNI) --including cyclosporine and tacrolimus-- are potentially nephrotoxic. Although they are widely used as an anti-reje... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Depends: >100,000 patients are in need of kidney transplants and each year there were ~11,500 deceased donor transplants in 2014. The current wait time for... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
4-6 weeks: Although most donors are healthiest of the healthy people, the laparoscopic donor nephrectomy will put you out of commission for a good 4-6 weeks. Li... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Scarring: Glomerulosclerosis refers to scarring of the glomeruli, which are the filter units of the kidney. Renal scarring is a more inclusive term that also i... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Not uncommon: Most renal transplant recipients are on multiple immunosuppressive medications and they are at increased risk for skin cancers. All renal transplant ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Anti-rejection meds: Pregnancy in renal transplant recipients needs to be a planned and carefully monitored one. Mycophenolate mofefil (CellCept) and mycophenolate sodium... Read More
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A 64-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
No: If you have diabetes, transplant programs will not consider you as a potential kidney donor.
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Both: In general, both of the kidneys from the deceased donors are procured and allocated to two recipients.
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Poorly worded Q: I am not sure what you mean by "while in coma". Most kidney transplant programs will consider "elderly" patients to be a high-risk for renal transpla... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Depends: Serum creatinine of 138 mol/L is equivalent to 1.56 mg/dl. I agree that your renal function is abnormal. However, whether it is treatable depends on... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Varies: Until you lose 80-90% of your kidney function, you may not have very clear symptoms unless you have blood or urine test to see how the kidneys are fun... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
No: Cyclosporine is known to cause gingival hypertrophy and one may need a visit to an oral surgeon to have excess tissue removed. Other immunosuppressiv... Read More
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A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
No.: There is no clinically proven evidence that moringa has any beneficial effects on chronic kidney disease.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Be compliant: Transplant surgery is just a beginning of this long journey. You need to comply with your anti-rejection meds and post-transplant clinic follow-up. ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
No: High blood pressure or hypertension is not caused by excessive volume of blood in the body. Therefore donating blood usually has no effect on one's b... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
No: Although Supple's informercial featured a physician who taunted the benefit of this product, its active ingredient is glucosamine and chondroitin. It... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
No: Loop diuretics including furosemide (=lasix) can be stopped without tapering it.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
No: No. However, most kidney transplant program will ask you about your health insurance coverage and support system. You will need to have an annual me... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Likely normal: Serum creatinine of 87 uMol/L is equivalent to 0.98 mg/dl. eGFR is an "estimate" of your kidney function and is notorious for being inaccurate in peo... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Donor Matching: The donor's blood type (ABO type) needs to be compatible with that of the recipient. Rh factor (+ vs. -) does not matter. You also need to be crossm... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Polycythemia: Anemia usually refers to having low level of red blood cells (RBCs). It's opposite would be polycythemia (too many RBCs).
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Kidney Pain?: I would like to ask what you mean by "kidney pain". Quite often, disease involving kidneys are not associated with symptoms. If you mean having low ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Side effects: Usually well tolerated, triamterene/HCTZ can cause abnormal electrolytes including low blood sodium, high blood potassium (esp.ly in patients with chr... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Most likely: Serum creatinine is affected by the filtering function of your kidneys as well as your muscle mass. In some female patients who are very thin and hav... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Do you mean...: Do you mean "Can I refuse to donate my organs when I die"? Only you have the right to decide whether you want to donate or not. If you don't sign up... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Yes: Once you are cleared by your transplant surgeon/physician to exercise, an elliptical machine is a great way to improve your cardiovascular function.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
MSK: Medullary Sponge Kidney (MSK) is a congenital disorder caused by malformation of collecting ducts into both small and large cysts. However, the actua... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Caffeine & Kidneys: Caffeine has a diuretic effect (i.e. it will make you urinate). A moderate intake of caffeine (less than 3-4 cups per day) does not increase the risk... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
18-21 years of age: Transplant programs may vary in the age requirement for the living donor. Many programs will not routinely consider potential donors under the age of... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Align: Align contains Bifantis (Bifidobacterium infantis 35624) which is a probiotic. The list of ingredients on its website includes cellulose, hypromellos... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Need for ISDs: Islet cell transplant recipients need to take anti-rejection meds to prevent rejection episodes. Another major issue is that islets do not seem to li... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
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.
HealthTap member
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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