School of Medicine

UC Irvine physician named top-ranked renal disease expert

June 12, 2014 -- The chief of nephrology at UC Irvine Medical Center has been named the world's top-ranked expert in end-stage renal disease by Expertscape, an organization that highlights expertise and excellence in healthcare.

After a review of published research, Expertscape named Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, MD, MPH, PhD, the top physician-researcher in the field of end-stage renal disease, a condition in which the kidneys can no longer remove waste and excess water from the body.

“Dr. Kalantar is an outstanding physician-scientist who has published in some of the top clinical journals in medicine,” said Alpesh Amin, MD, chairman of the UC Irvine Health Department of Medicine.  “He is a leader in the field and his recruitment strengthens a nephrology program known for making advances in research translating them into excellent patient care. Dr. Kalantar represents the best of the UC Irvine Health mission to Discover. Teach. Heal.”

Kalantar came to UC Irvine in August 2012 as chief of the UC Irvine Health Division of Nephrology and Hypertension where he oversees nephrology services at the UC Irvine Medical Center.

Kalantar is board-certified in internal medicine, pediatrics and nephrology and is regularly recognized in lists such as Best Doctors in America and America’s Top Doctors. In 2013, the division was named among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report.

Recent publications include a study of whether dialysis patients fare better when doctors have fewer cases in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology and research into the obesity paradox in patients receiving dialysis in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Expertscape says it identifies the “most knowledgeable and experienced doctors” by surveying their research publications and determining who has the greatest expertise in a specific condition.