Paul J. Scheel Jr., MD, MBA

Paul J. Scheel Jr., MD, MBA

Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology

Evaluation and management of patients with retroperitoneal inflammatory masses; retroperitoneal fibrosis, Erdheim Chesters Disease, IgG-4 related disease.

Additional Titles

  • Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs
  • CEO, Washington University Physicians

Patients seen at

Center for Advanced Medicine


  • Masters of Business Administration: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland (2001)
  • Fellowship, Nephrology: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland (1992)
  • Residency: Internal Medicine: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland (1990)
  • Medical Degree: Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C. (1987)
  • Bachelor of Science: Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Virginia (1984)

Board Certification

  • Internal Medicine
  • Nephrology


Ultrafiltration Rate Thresholds in Maintenance Hemodialysis: An NKF-KDOQI Controversies Report.
Kramer H, Yee J, Weiner DE, Bansal V, Choi MJ, Brereton L, Berns JS, Samaniego-Picota M, Scheel P Jr, Rocco M.
Am J Kidney Dis. 2016 Oct;68(4):522-32. doi: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2016.06.010. Epub 2016 Jul 19.
PMID: 27449697

Rituximab for the Treatment of IgG4-Related Tubulointerstitial Nephritis: Case Report and Review of the Literature.
McMahon BA, Novick T, Scheel PJ, Bagnasco S, Atta MG.
Medicine (Baltimore). 2015 Aug;94(32):e1366. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000001366. Review.
PMID: 26266393

Effect of intravenous iron use on hospitalizations in patients undergoing hemodialysis: a comparative effectiveness analysis from the DEcIDE-ESRD study.
Tangri N, Miskulin DC, Zhou J, Bandeen-Roche K, Michels WM, Ephraim PL, McDermott A, Crews DC, Scialla JJ, Sozio SM, Shafi T, Jaar BG, Meyer K, Boulware LE; DEcIDE Network Patient Outcomes in End-Stage Renal Disease Study Investigators.
Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2015 Apr;30(4):667-75. doi: 10.1093/ndt/gfu349. Epub 2014 Nov 2.

Consensus guidelines for the diagnosis and clinical management of Erdheim-Chester disease.
Diamond EL, Dagna L, Hyman DM, Cavalli G, Janku F, Estrada-Veras J, Ferrarini M, Abdel-Wahab O, Heaney ML, Scheel PJ, Feeley NK, Ferrero E, McClain KL, Vaglio A, Colby T, Arnaud L, Haroche J.
Blood. 2014 Jul 24;124(4):483-92. doi: 10.1182/blood-2014-03-561381. Epub 2014 May 21.
PMID: 24850756

An instrumental variable approach finds no associated harm or benefit with early dialysis initiation in the United States.
Scialla JJ, Liu J, Crews DC, Guo H, Bandeen-Roche K, Ephraim PL, Tangri N, Sozio SM, Shafi T, Miskulin DC, Michels WM, Jaar BG, Wu AW, Powe NR, Boulware LE; DEcIDE Network Patient Outcomes in End Stage Renal Disease Study Investigators.
Kidney Int. 2014 Oct;86(4):798-809. doi: 10.1038/ki.2014.110. Epub 2014 Apr 30. Erratum in: Kidney Int. 2016 Apr;89(4):957. Kim, Jeonyong [corrected to Kim, Jeongyong].
PMID: 24786707

Comparative effectiveness of early versus conventional timing of dialysis initiation in advanced CKD.
Crews DC, Scialla JJ, Boulware LE, Navaneethan SD, Nally JV Jr, Liu X, Arrigain S, Schold JD, Ephraim PL, Jolly SE, Sozio SM, Michels WM, Miskulin DC, Tangri N, Shafi T, Wu AW, Bandeen-Roche K; DEcIDE Network Patient Outcomes in End Stage Renal Disease Study Investigators.
Am J Kidney Dis. 2014 May;63(5):806-15. doi: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2013.12.010. Epub 2014 Feb 6.
PMID: 24508475

Retroperitoneal fibrosis.
Scheel PJ Jr, Feeley N.
Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2013 May;39(2):365-81. doi: 10.1016/j.rdc.2013.02.004. Epub 2013 Mar 9. Review.
PMID: 23597969

Combined prednisone and mycophenolate mofetil treatment for retroperitoneal fibrosis: a case series.
Scheel PJ Jr, Feeley N, Sozio SM.
Ann Intern Med. 2011 Jan 4;154(1):31-6. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-154-1-201101040-00005.
PMID: 21200036

Retroperitoneal fibrosis: the clinical, laboratory, and radiographic presentation.
Scheel PJ Jr, Feeley N.
Medicine (Baltimore). 2009 Jul;88(4):202-7. doi: 10.1097/MD.0b013e3181afc439.
PMID: 19593224

Uremic lung: new insights into a forgotten condition.
Scheel PJ, Liu M, Rabb H.
Kidney Int. 2008 Oct;74(7):849-51. doi: 10.1038/ki.2008.390. Review.
PMID: 18794816

Observations on a cohort of HIV-infected patients undergoing native renal biopsy.
Berliner AR, Fine DM, Lucas GM, Rahman MH, Racusen LC, Scheel PJ, Atta MG.
Am J Nephrol. 2008;28(3):478-86. doi: 10.1159/000112851. Epub 2008 Jan 4.
PMID: 18176076

Cocaine use and hypertensive renal changes in HIV-infected individuals.
Fine DM, Garg N, Haas M, Rahman MH, Lucas GM, Scheel PJ, Atta MG.
Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2007 Nov;2(6):1125-30. Epub 2007 Oct 17.
PMID: 17942770

Combined prednisone and mycophenolate mofetil treatment for retroperitoneal fibrosis.
Scheel PJ Jr, Piccini J, Rahman MH, Lawler L, Jarrett T.
J Urol. 2007 Jul;178(1):140-3; discussion 143-4. Epub 2007 May 17.
PMID: 17499287

Antiretroviral therapy in the treatment of HIV-associated nephropathy.
Atta MG, Gallant JE, Rahman MH, Nagajothi N, Racusen LC, Scheel PJ, Fine DM.
Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2006 Oct;21(10):2809-13. Epub 2006 Jul 24.

HIV type 1 RNA level as a clinical indicator of renal pathology in HIV-infected patients.
Estrella M, Fine DM, Gallant JE, Rahman MH, Nagajothi N, Racusen LC, Scheel PJ, Atta MG.
Clin Infect Dis. 2006 Aug 1;43(3):377-80. Epub 2006 Jun 20.
PMID: 16804855

Nephrotic range proteinuria and CD4 count as noninvasive indicators of HIV-associated nephropathy.
Atta MG, Choi MJ, Longenecker JC, Haymart M, Wu J, Nagajothi N, Racusen LC, Scheel PJ Jr, Brancati FL, Fine DM.
Am J Med. 2005 Nov;118(11):1288. Erratum in: Am J Med. 2006 Feb;119(2):191.
PMID: 16271919

Influence of intravenous drug abuse on vascular access placement and survival in HIV-seropositive patients.
Eustace JA, Gregory PC, Krishnan M, Ni W, Kuhn DM, Astor BC, Scheel PJ Jr.
Nephron Clin Pract. 2005;100(2):c38-45. Epub 2005 Apr 7.
PMID: 15818057

A proteomic analysis of human hemodialysis fluid.
Molina H, Bunkenborg J, Reddy GH, Muthusamy B, Scheel PJ, Pandey A.
Mol Cell Proteomics. 2005 May;4(5):637-50. Epub 2005 Feb 20.
PMID: 15723814

Sonography as a predictor of human immunodeficiency virus-associated nephropathy.
Atta MG, Longenecker JC, Fine DM, Nagajothi N, Grover DS, Wu J, Racusen LC, Scheel PJ Jr, Hamper UM.
J Ultrasound Med. 2004 May;23(5):603-10; quiz 612-3.