About Me

As a nephrologist, I specialize in autoimmune kidney disease. More specifically, I focus on how the immune system interacts with the kidney and causes renal inflammation and injury. My work includes both patient care and research, which together improve the way care is provided.

I provide cutting edge care to my patients who suffer from difficult and complex diseases mediated by the immune system. I’m able to effectively combine patient care with kidney pathology and experimental therapeutics. And, with the addition of our new glomerular diseases fellowship, I’ll be able to teach young people to continue our work into the future.

At The Ohio State University, I see many cases of pathology, which helps me learn all the various ways the immune system can attack the kidneys. With such a large network here at Ohio State, we have access to many resources to help improve our understanding and treatments of different diseases.

When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time outdoors and attending Ohio State football games. I also have a great passion for fly-fishing, and I plan to fish in every country to which I am invited to lecture.
  • Rated in the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction, 2015, 2018
  • Lee A. Hebert Distinguished Professor of Nephrology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, since 2014
  • Donald V. Unverferth Award for Scholarly Excellence and Mentoring in Medical Research, 2012
  • “America’s Best Doctors” in Nephrology and Glomerular Diseases, since 2005
  • Named to the Castle Connolly list of “Regional Top Doctors,” 2015–2019

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic
  • Lupus Nephritis
  • Nephrotic Syndrome
  • Lupus Vasculitis, Central Nervous System
  • Vasculitis
  • Kidney Diseases
  • Kidney Diseases, Cystic
  • Pyelonephritis

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

Education History

Medical School

University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, IL
9/1/1979 - 6/10/1983


Barnes-Jewish Hospital / Washington University, St. Louis, MO

7/1/1983 - 7/1/1986


Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

7/1/1986 - 6/30/1988

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine

American Board of Internal Medicine (Subspecialty: Nephrology)

Academic Information

My Department

Internal Medicine

My Division


More About My Work


The overall patient satisfaction rating is an average of all patient responses to the six doctor communication related questions shown below from the Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. For additional information about the patient satisfaction survey, please visit our Patient Satisfaction Survey page.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their view and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

43 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.9 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly
    4.9 out of 5
  • Listens Carefully
    5 out of 5
  • Gives Understandable Instructions
    5 out of 5
  • Knows My Medical History
    4.9 out of 5
  • Shows Respect
    5 out of 5
  • Time Spent Together
    5 out of 5
  • Reviewed on Aug 06, 2021

    My care provider was a good listener. He explained my condition well and was a great problem solver.

  • Reviewed on Jun 09, 2021

    I was very please with Dr. Rovin.

  • Reviewed on Apr 08, 2021

    Dr. Rovin is a very knowledgeable & dedicated physician. He is a valuable asset to the OSU nephrology clinic.

  • Reviewed on Mar 29, 2021

    Dr. Rovin is always very knowledgeable and thorough. My case is unique and he takes great interest in it; always shaving and explaining the most up-to-date information on it to me. I'm lucky to have him.

  • Reviewed on Mar 01, 2021

    Dr. Rovin is excellent!

  • Reviewed on Nov 06, 2020

    Very good experience with care provider. Talked with both myself and my wife freely about our concerns and didn't rush the visit.

  • Reviewed on Nov 04, 2020

    Dr. Rovin is the best. He really listens.

  • Reviewed on Sep 13, 2020

    Very professional and caring

  • Reviewed on Aug 03, 2020

    Excellent, professional, kind courteous & caring.

  • Reviewed on Jul 17, 2020

    He was engaged and asked a lot of questions regarding my condition. He took the time to explain plan of treatment and follow up care. Also, what types of exams he wanted to do.

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Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 11/01/2020, Dr. Rovin has reported relationships with the companies or entities listed below. If you have questions about the relationships listed below, please ask the faculty member. If you have questions about how these relationships are monitored by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, please contact our Compliance Office.

  • Alexion Pharmaceuticals
  • AstraZeneca
  • Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • ChemoCentryx, Inc.
  • EMD Serono, Inc.
  • Novartis
  • retrophin
  • Genentech
  • Lupus Foundation of America
  • MorphoSys
  • Janssen Research
  • Calliditas
  • Human Genome Sciences Inc., A GSK Company
  • Omeros
  • Biogen
  • LuCIN