Michael Somers, MD

Michael J.G. Somers, MD

Attending Physician in Medicine; Director, Clinical Services, Division of Nephrology; Medical Director, Renal Dialysis Unit

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

  • Contact: 617-355-6129

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Medical Services

Specialties

  • Nephrology
  • Transplantation

Departments

  • Medicine
  • Nephrology

Languages

  • English

Programs

  • Advanced Fetal Care Center
  • End-Stage Renal Disease Program
  • General Renal Program
  • Kidney Transplant Program
  • Tuberous Sclerosis Program
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Experience and Education

Education

Undergraduate

Williams College, 1981

Williamstown, MA

Medical School

University of Vermont College of Medicine, 1985

Burlington, VT

Internship, Pediatrics

Mayo Clinic, 1985-1986

Rochester, MN

Residency, Pediatrics

Mayo Clinic, 1986-1988

Rochester, MN

Fellowship, Pediatric Nephrology

Boston Children's Hospital, 1990-1993

Boston, MA

Certifications

  • Pediatrics, Pediatric Nephrology

Publications

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  1. Ganapathi L, Somers M. IMAGES IN CLINICAL MEDICINE. A Child with Gross Hematuria. N Engl J Med. 2015 Aug 27; 373(9):e11.
  2. Winterbach CW, Whitesell C, Somers MJ. Wildlife Abundance and Diversity as Indicators of Tourism Potential in Northern Botswana. PLoS One. 2015; 10(8):e0135595.
  3. Trachtman H, Vento S, Herreshoff E, Radeva M, Gassman J, Stein DT, Savin VJ, Sharma M, Reiser J, Wei C, Somers M, Srivastava T, Gipson DS. Efficacy of galactose and adalimumab in patients with resistant focal segmental glomerulosclerosis: report of the font clinical trial group. BMC Nephrol. 2015; 16:111.
  4. Winterbach HE, Winterbach CW, Boast LK, Klein R, Somers MJ. Relative availability of natural prey versus livestock predicts landscape suitability for cheetahs Acinonyx jubatus in Botswana. PeerJ. 2015; 3:e1033.
  5. Swanepoel LH, Somers MJ, Dalerum F. Functional Responses of Retaliatory Killing versus Recreational Sport Hunting of Leopards in South Africa. PLoS One. 2015; 10(4):e0125539.
  6. Selewski DT, Troost JP, Massengill SF, Gbadegesin RA, Greenbaum LA, Shatat IF, Cai Y, Kapur G, Hebert D, Somers MJ, Trachtman H, Pais P, Seifert ME, Goebel J, Sethna CB, Mahan JD, Gross HE, Herreshoff E, Liu Y, Song PX, Reeve BB, DeWalt DA, Gipson DS. The impact of disease duration on quality of life in children with nephrotic syndrome: a Midwest Pediatric Nephrology Consortium study. Pediatr Nephrol. 2015 Sep; 30(9):1467-76.
  7. Ashoor IF, Hughson EA, Somers MJ. Arteriovenous access monitoring with ultrasound dilution in a pediatric hemodialysis unit. Blood Purif. 2015; 39(1-3):93-8.
  8. Somers MJ, Paul E. Safety considerations of mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitors in tuberous sclerosis complex and renal transplantation. J Clin Pharmacol. 2015 Apr; 55(4):368-76.
  9. Nguyen HT, Benson CB, Bromley B, Campbell JB, Chow J, Coleman B, Cooper C, Crino J, Darge K, Herndon CD, Odibo AO, Somers MJ, Stein DR. Multidisciplinary consensus on the classification of prenatal and postnatal urinary tract dilation (UTD classification system). J Pediatr Urol. 2014 Dec; 10(6):982-98.
  10. Kishnani PS, Austin SL, Abdenur JE, Arn P, Bali DS, Boney A, Chung WK, Dagli AI, Dale D, Koeberl D, Somers MJ, Wechsler SB, Weinstein DA, Wolfsdorf JI, Watson MS. Diagnosis and management of glycogen storage disease type I: a practice guideline of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics. Genet Med. 2014 Nov; 16(11):e1.
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  12. Sadowski CE, Lovric S, Ashraf S, Pabst WL, Gee HY, Kohl S, Engelmann S, Vega-Warner V, Fang H, Halbritter J, Somers MJ, Tan W, Shril S, Fessi I, Lifton RP, Bockenhauer D, El-Desoky S, Kari JA, Zenker M, Kemper MJ, Mueller D, Fathy HM, Soliman NA, Hildebrandt F. A single-gene cause in 29.5% of cases of steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2015 Jun; 26(6):1279-89.
  13. Winterbach HE, Winterbach CW, Somers MJ. Landscape suitability in Botswana for the conservation of its six large African carnivores. PLoS One. 2014; 9(6):e100202.
  14. Everatt KT, Andresen L, Somers MJ. Trophic scaling and occupancy analysis reveals a lion population limited by top-down anthropogenic pressure in the Limpopo National Park, Mozambique. PLoS One. 2014; 9(6):e99389.
  15. Darnell AM, Graf JA, Somers MJ, Slotow R, Szykman Gunther M. Space use of African wild dogs in relation to other large carnivores. PLoS One. 2014; 9(6):e98846.
  16. Hunter SC, Gusset M, Miller LJ, Somers MJ. Space use as an indicator of enclosure appropriateness in African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus). J Appl Anim Welf Sci. 2014; 17(2):98-110.
  17. Pai AB, Cardone KE, Manley HJ, St Peter WL, Shaffer R, Somers M, Mehrotra R. Medication reconciliation and therapy management in dialysis-dependent patients: need for a systematic approach. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2013 Nov; 8(11):1988-99.
  18. Beck L, Bomback AS, Choi MJ, Holzman LB, Langford C, Mariani LH, Somers MJ, Trachtman H, Waldman M. KDOQI US commentary on the 2012 KDIGO clinical practice guideline for glomerulonephritis. Am J Kidney Dis. 2013 Sep; 62(3):403-41.
  19. Hunt EA, Jain NG, Somers MJ. Apheresis therapy in children: an overview of key technical aspects and a review of experience in pediatric renal disease. J Clin Apher. 2013 Feb; 28(1):36-47.
  20. Askenazi DJ, Goldstein SL, Koralkar R, Fortenberry J, Baum M, Hackbarth R, Blowey D, Bunchman TE, Brophy PD, Symons J, Chua A, Flores F, Somers MJ. Continuous renal replacement therapy for children =10 kg: a report from the prospective pediatric continuous renal replacement therapy registry. J Pediatr. 2013 Mar; 162(3):587-592.e3.
  21. Fleming GM, Walters S, Goldstein SL, Alexander SR, Baum MA, Blowey DL, Bunchman TE, Chua AN, Fletcher SA, Flores FX, Fortenberry JD, Hackbarth R, McBryde K, Somers MJ, Symons JM, Brophy PD. Nonrenal indications for continuous renal replacement therapy: A report from the Prospective Pediatric Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy Registry Group. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2012 Sep; 13(5):e299-304.
  22. Becker PA, Miller PS, Gunther MS, Somers MJ, Wildt DE, Maldonado JE. Inbreeding avoidance influences the viability of reintroduced populations of African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus). PLoS One. 2012; 7(5):e37181.
  23. Trachtman H, Vento S, Gipson D, Wickman L, Gassman J, Joy M, Savin V, Somers M, Pinsk M, Greene T. Novel therapies for resistant focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FONT) phase II clinical trial: study design. BMC Nephrol. 2011; 12:8.
  24. Sutherland SM, Zappitelli M, Alexander SR, Chua AN, Brophy PD, Bunchman TE, Hackbarth R, Somers MJ, Baum M, Symons JM, Flores FX, Benfield M, Askenazi D, Chand D, Fortenberry JD, Mahan JD, McBryde K, Blowey D, Goldstein SL. Fluid overload and mortality in children receiving continuous renal replacement therapy: the prospective pediatric continuous renal replacement therapy registry. Am J Kidney Dis. 2010 Feb; 55(2):316-25.
  25. Somers MJ, Sharma A, Grant PE, Guimaraes AR, Schneeberger EE. Case records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Case 23-2009. A 13-year-old boy with headache, nausea, seizures, and hypertension. N Engl J Med. 2009 Jul 23; 361(4):389-400.
  26. Dalerum F, Cameron EZ, Kunkel K, Somers MJ. Diversity and depletions in continental carnivore guilds: implications for prioritizing global carnivore conservation. Biol Lett. 2009 Feb 23; 5(1):35-8.
  27. Langman CB, Alon U, Ingelfinger J, Englund M, Saland JM, Somers MJ, Stapleton FB, Sibú NO, Cochat P, Wong W, Eke FU, Satlin L, Salusky I. A position statement on kidney disease from powdered infant formula-based melamine exposure in Chinese infants. Pediatr Nephrol. 2009 Jul; 24(7):1263-6.
  28. Zappitelli M, Goldstein SL, Symons JM, Somers MJ, Baum MA, Brophy PD, Blowey D, Fortenberry JD, Chua AN, Flores FX, Benfield MR, Alexander SR, Askenazi D, Hackbarth R, Bunchman TE. Protein and calorie prescription for children and young adults receiving continuous renal replacement therapy: a report from the Prospective Pediatric Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy Registry Group. Crit Care Med. 2008 Dec; 36(12):3239-45.
  29. Somers MJ, Graf JA, Szykman M, Slotow R, Gusset M. Dynamics of a small re-introduced population of wild dogs over 25 years: Allee effects and the implications of sociality for endangered species' recovery. Oecologia. 2008 Nov; 158(2):239-47.
  30. Puliyanda DP, Toyoda M, Traum AZ, Flores FX, Jordan S, Moudgil A, Somers MJ. Outcome of management strategies for BK virus replication in pediatric renal transplant recipients. Pediatr Transplant. 2008 Mar; 12(2):180-6.
  31. Flores FX, Brophy PD, Symons JM, Fortenberry JD, Chua AN, Alexander SR, Mahan JD, Bunchman TE, Blowey D, Somers MJ, Baum M, Hackbarth R, Chand D, McBryde K, Benfield M, Goldstein SL. Continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) after stem cell transplantation. A report from the prospective pediatric CRRT Registry Group. Pediatr Nephrol. 2008 Apr; 23(4):625-30.
  32. Boyer O, Moulder JK, Grandin L, Somers MJ. Short- and long-term efficacy of levamisole as adjunctive therapy in childhood nephrotic syndrome. Pediatr Nephrol. 2008 Apr; 23(4):575-80.
  33. Hackbarth R, Bunchman TE, Chua AN, Somers MJ, Baum M, Symons JM, Brophy PD, Blowey D, Fortenberry JD, Chand D, Flores FX, Alexander SR, Mahan JD, McBryde KD, Benfield MR, Goldstein SL. The effect of vascular access location and size on circuit survival in pediatric continuous renal replacement therapy: a report from the PPCRRT registry. Int J Artif Organs. 2007 Dec; 30(12):1116-21.
  34. Symons JM, Chua AN, Somers MJ, Baum MA, Bunchman TE, Benfield MR, Brophy PD, Blowey D, Fortenberry JD, Chand D, Flores FX, Hackbarth R, Alexander SR, Mahan J, McBryde KD, Goldstein SL. Demographic characteristics of pediatric continuous renal replacement therapy: a report of the prospective pediatric continuous renal replacement therapy registry. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2007 Jul; 2(4):732-8.
  35. Boyer O, Moulder JK, Somers MJ. Focal and segmental glomerulosclerosis in children: a longitudinal assessment. Pediatr Nephrol. 2007 Aug; 22(8):1159-66.
  36. Traum AZ, Rodig NM, Pilichowska ME, Somers MJ. Central nervous system lymphoproliferative disorder in pediatric kidney transplant recipients. Pediatr Transplant. 2006 Jun; 10(4):505-12.
  37. Brophy PD, Somers MJ, Baum MA, Symons JM, McAfee N, Fortenberry JD, Rogers K, Barnett J, Blowey D, Baker C, Bunchman TE, Goldstein SL. Multi-centre evaluation of anticoagulation in patients receiving continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT). Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2005 Jul; 20(7):1416-21.
  38. Goldstein SL, Somers MJ, Baum MA, Symons JM, Brophy PD, Blowey D, Bunchman TE, Baker C, Mottes T, McAfee N, Barnett J, Morrison G, Rogers K, Fortenberry JD. Pediatric patients with multi-organ dysfunction syndrome receiving continuous renal replacement therapy. Kidney Int. 2005 Feb; 67(2):653-8.
  39. Somers MJ, Daouk GH, McCluskey RT. Case records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Weekly clinicopathological exercises. Case 11-2004. A boy with rash, edema, and hypertension. N Engl J Med. 2004 Apr 8; 350(15):1550-9.
  40. Walters M, Midgley JJ, Somers MJ. Effects of fire and fire intensity on the germination and establishment of Acacia karroo, Acacia nilotica, Acacia luederitzii and Dichrostachys cinerea in the field. BMC Ecol. 2004 Apr 7; 4:3.
  41. Goldstein SL, Somers MJ, Brophy PD, Bunchman TE, Baum M, Blowey D, Mahan JD, Flores FX, Fortenberry JD, Chua A, Alexander SR, Hackbarth R, Symons JM. The Prospective Pediatric Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (ppCRRT) Registry: design, development and data assessed. Int J Artif Organs. 2004 Jan; 27(1):9-14.
  42. Pappadis SL, Somers MJ. Hypertension in adolescents: a review of diagnosis and management. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2003 Aug; 15(4):370-8.
  43. Lipshultz SE, Somers MJ, Lipsitz SR, Colan SD, Jabs K, Rifai N. Serum cardiac troponin and subclinical cardiac status in pediatric chronic renal failure. Pediatrics. 2003 Jul; 112(1 Pt 1):79-86.
  44. Symons JM, Brophy PD, Gregory MJ, McAfee N, Somers MJ, Bunchman TE, Goldstein SL. Continuous renal replacement therapy in children up to 10 kg. Am J Kidney Dis. 2003 May; 41(5):984-9.
  45. Puliyanda DP, Harmon WE, Peterschmitt MJ, Irons M, Somers MJ. Utility of hemodialysis in maple syrup urine disease. Pediatr Nephrol. 2002 Apr; 17(4):239-42.
  46. Ramirez SP, Lebowitz RL, Harmon WE, Somers MJ. Predictors for abnormal voiding cystourethrography in pediatric patients undergoing renal transplant evaluation. Pediatr Transplant. 2001 Apr; 5(2):99-104.
  47. Weinstein DA, Somers MJ, Wolfsdorf JI. Decreased urinary citrate excretion in type 1a glycogen storage disease. J Pediatr. 2001 Mar; 138(3):378-82.
  48. Goldstein SL, Somers MJ, Lande MB, Brewer ED, Jabs KL. Acyclovir prophylaxis of varicella in children with renal disease receiving steroids. Pediatr Nephrol. 2000 Apr; 14(4):305-8.
  49. Dharnidharka VR, Rosen S, Somers MJ. Acute interstitial nephritis presenting as presumed minimal change nephrotic syndrome. Pediatr Nephrol. 1998 Sep; 12(7):576-8.
  50. Jarolim P, Shayakul C, Prabakaran D, Jiang L, Stuart-Tilley A, Rubin HL, Simova S, Zavadil J, Herrin JT, Brouillette J, Somers MJ, Seemanova E, Brugnara C, Guay-Woodford LM, Alper SL. Autosomal dominant distal renal tubular acidosis is associated in three families with heterozygosity for the R589H mutation in the AE1 (band 3) Cl-/HCO3- exchanger. J Biol Chem. 1998 Mar 13; 273(11):6380-8.
  51. Ramirez SB, Rosen S, Niles J, Somers MJ. IgG antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies in IgA nephropathy: a clinical variant? Am J Kidney Dis. 1998 Feb; 31(2):341-4.
  52. Flores FX, Jabs K, Thorne GM, Jaeger J, Linshaw MA, Somers MJ. Immune response to Escherichia coli O157:H7 in hemolytic uremic syndrome following salmonellosis. Pediatr Nephrol. 1997 Aug; 11(4):488-90.
  53. Baum MA, Harris HW, Burrows PE, Schofield DE, Somers MJ. Renovascular hypertension in Marfan syndrome. Pediatr Nephrol. 1997 Aug; 11(4):499-501.
  54. Somers M, Piqueras AI, Strange K, Zeidel ML, Pfaller W, Gawryl M, Harris HW. Interactions of ultrapure bovine hemoglobin with renal epithelial cells in vivo and in vitro. Am J Physiol. 1997 Jul; 273(1 Pt 2):F38-52.
  55. Lande MB, Jo I, Zeidel ML, Somers M, Harris HW. Phosphorylation of aquaporin-2 does not alter the membrane water permeability of rat papillary water channel-containing vesicles. J Biol Chem. 1996 Mar 8; 271(10):5552-7.
  56. Somers M, Kertesz S, Rosen S, Herrin J, Colvin R, Palacios de Carreta N, Kim M. Non-nephrotic children with membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis: are steroids indicated? Pediatr Nephrol. 1995 Apr; 9(2):140-4.
  57. Piqueras AI, Somers M, Hammond TG, Strange K, Harris HW, Gawryl M, Zeidel ML. Permeability properties of rat renal lysosomes. Am J Physiol. 1994 Jan; 266(1 Pt 1):C121-33.
  58. Zhang J, Somers M, Cobb FR. Heterogeneous effects of nitroglycerin on the conductance and resistance coronary arterial vasculature. Am J Physiol. 1993 Jun; 264(6 Pt 2):H1960-8.
  59. O'Hollaren MT, Yunginger JW, Offord KP, Somers MJ, O'Connell EJ, Ballard DJ, Sachs MI. Exposure to an aeroallergen as a possible precipitating factor in respiratory arrest in young patients with asthma. N Engl J Med. 1991 Feb 7; 324(6):359-63.
  60. Somers M, Engelborghs Y, Baert J. Analysis of the binding of glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase to microtubules, the mechanism of bundle formation and the linkage effect. Eur J Biochem. 1990 Oct 24; 193(2):437-44.
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