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Emily Kenner, MD

Dr. Kenner chose her specialty because she had a wonderful mentor as a resident at the University of Louisville who taught nephrology in a way that heightened her interest and allowed her to see the kidney in a way that no other educator had prior to him. The kidney is an exceptionally complex organ and many disease processes can be impacted with preventative measures. She enjoys going on the journey with her patients and helping them every step of the way to guide them as to how to optimize their kidney health. In the event that kidneys fail, Dr. Kenner is still able to continue her journey with them through either transplant or dialysis.

Her most common procedures are dialysis, hemodialysis, plasmapheresis and home hemodialysis. She likes to incorporate a holistic type approach to medicine. Though certain medications certainly alter the course of the disease, many of our therapies are most effective in combination with lifestyle changes. She likes patients to be involved in their care, know what their goals are, and celebrate with them when these goals are met.

Dr. Kenner has an amazing family with 3 children, and most of her free time is spent outdoors with them, hiking, camping, gardening, or working together on their farm. She has recently found that she loves running and completed her first half marathon in 2019.

Professional Titles

Volunteer teaching faculty with the St. Elizabeth Family Practice Residency Program

Board Certification

  • Internal Medicine
  • Nephrology


University of Cincinnati


University of Louisville

Medical School

University of Louisville


University of Louisville

Professional Awards

  • Cincinnati Top Doc
  • Volunteer Faculty Teaching Award 2019-2020 from St. Elizabeth Family Practice Residency Program
  • Outstanding Research Award for her nephrology research project studying the use of Erythropoietin Stimulating Agents (ESA) in Anemia management related to End-Stage Renal Disease while at the University of Louisville

Additional areas of clinical expertise, training, subspecialty certifications, or interests

  • General nephrology with special interests in kidney stone prevention
  • Hypertension
  • Genetic kidney diseases
  • Home dialysis

Patient Reviews

It was my first experience with a kidney specialist. Dr. Kenner made me feel very comfortable and I loved that she had reviewed my history prior to entering the room. I was able to do a fast medical history with her. I felt like I could discuss any issue with her with no judgement. She explained charts to me so that I could understand where my issues started and what could have caused my issues way back. Just a very caring and thorough doctor. I have recommended her to my friends. Thank you.

Dr Kenner is the best Dr I have ever had. She is so personal and willing to do whatever it takes for her patients. Great experience every time.

Dr. Kenner is very thorough and answers any questions that I have. I rate her as one of the best Health Care Physicians that I have ever had.

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