“I feel that for patients to get the best results, they have to be involved in the medical decisions. My favorite patients are the ones who are invested in their care, ask questions and participate in their own health. My passion is teaching people about their kidney disease so that they can be active participants in the healing process.” – Dr. Topf

Joined the St. Clair Nephrology Team: 2003


Dr. Topf is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Nephrology.


Joel’s medical degree is from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit.  He completed a double residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine.  Following a year working in pediatric critical care, he completed his nephrology fellowship at the University of Chicago.

More About Dr. Topf

Dr. Topf is the Medical Director of St. Clair Nephrology Research. Read more here. 

He is the author of two medical textbooks: The Microbiology Companion and The Fluid, Electrolyte and Acid-Base Companion.  Joel is also the editor of Kidometer, a pediatric application for the iPhone.  He blogs at the Precious Bodily Fluids website.

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