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Alka Kanaya, M.D.



General Internal Medicine
1545 Divisadero St., First and Second Floors
San Francisco, CA 94115
New Patient Appointments:
(844) 727-8273 (PCP-UCSF)
Office: (415) 353–7900
Fax, First Floor: (415) 353–2583
Fax, Second Floor: (415) 353–2640

Hours: Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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UCSF School of Medicine 1995


UCSF Medical Center, Internal Medicine 1998


UCSF, Epidemiology/General Internal Medicine 2001

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Reinders I, Murphy RA, Martin KR, Brouwer IA, Visser M, White DK, Newman AB, Houston DK, Kanaya AM, Nagin DS, Harris TB. Body Mass Index Trajectories in Relation to Change in Lean Mass and Physical Function: The Health, Aging and Body Composition Study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015 Aug; 63(8):1615-21.
  2. Gadgil MD, Anderson CA, Kandula NR, Kanaya AM. Dietary patterns are associated with metabolic risk factors in South asians living in the United States. J Nutr. 2015 Jun; 145(6):1211-7.
  3. Gujral UP, Narayan KM, Pradeepa RG, Deepa M, Ali MK, Anjana RM, Kandula NR, Mohan V, Kanaya AM. Comparing Type 2 Diabetes, Prediabetes, and Their Associated Risk Factors in Asian Indians in India and in the U.S.: The CARRS and MASALA Studies. Diabetes Care. 2015 Jul; 38(7):1312-8.
  4. Mayeda ER, Haan MN, Yaffe K, Kanaya AM, Neuhaus J. Does Type 2 Diabetes Increase Rate of Cognitive Decline in Older Mexican Americans? Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2015 Mar 6.
  5. Araneta MR, Kanaya AM, Hsu WC, Chang HK, Grandinetti A, Boyko EJ, Hayashi T, Kahn SE, Leonetti DL, McNeely MJ, Onishi Y, Sato KK, Fujimoto WY. Optimum BMI Cut Points to Screen Asian Americans for Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2015 May; 38(5):814-20.
  6. Hsu WC, Araneta MR, Kanaya AM, Chiang JL, Fujimoto W. BMI cut points to identify at-risk Asian Americans for type 2 diabetes screening. Diabetes Care. 2015 Jan; 38(1):150-8.
  7. Kanaya AM. Review: Diet and exercise counseling improve intermediate health outcomes in persons with CV risk factors. Ann Intern Med. 2014 Dec 16; 161(12):JC7.
  8. Needham BL, Kim C, Mukherjee B, Bagchi P, Stanczyk FZ, Kanaya AM. Endogenous sex steroid hormones and glucose in a South-Asian population without diabetes: the Metabolic Syndrome and Atherosclerosis in South-Asians Living in America pilot study. Diabet Med. 2015 Sep; 32(9):1193-200.
  9. Shah AD, Schmidt H, Sen S, Shlipak MG, Kanaya AM. The association between body composition and cystatin C in South Asians: Results from the MASALA study. Obes Res Clin Pract. 2014 Nov 18.
  10. Phelan S, Kanaya AM, Ma Y, Vittinghoff E, Barrett-Connor E, Wing R, Kusek JW, Orchard TJ, Crandall JP, Montez MG, Brown JS. Long-term prevalence and predictors of urinary incontinence among women in the Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study. Int J Urol. 2015 Feb; 22(2):206-12.
  11. Shah AD, Vittinghoff E, Kandula NR, Srivastava S, Kanaya AM. Correlates of prediabetes and type II diabetes in US South Asians: findings from the Mediators of Atherosclerosis in South Asians Living in America (MASALA) study. Ann Epidemiol. 2015 Feb; 25(2):77-83.
  12. Kandula NR, Kanaya AM, Liu K, Lee JY, Herrington D, Hulley SB, Persell SD, Lloyd-Jones DM, Huffman MD. Association of 10-year and lifetime predicted cardiovascular disease risk with subclinical atherosclerosis in South Asians: findings from the Mediators of Atherosclerosis in South Asians Living in America (MASALA) study. J Am Heart Assoc. 2014 Oct; 3(5):e001117.
  13. Kositsawat J, Kuchel GA, Tooze JA, Houston DK, Cauley JA, Kritchevsky SB, Strotmeyer ES, Kanaya AM, Harris TB, Johnson KC, Barry LC. Vitamin d insufficiency and abnormal hemoglobin a1c in black and white older persons. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2015 Apr; 70(4):525-31.
  14. Corey SM, Epel E, Schembri M, Pawlowsky SB, Cole RJ, Araneta MR, Barrett-Connor E, Kanaya AM. Effect of restorative yoga vs. stretching on diurnal cortisol dynamics and psychosocial outcomes in individuals with the metabolic syndrome: the PRYSMS randomized controlled trial. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2014 Nov; 49:260-71.
  15. Shah A, Kanaya AM. Diabetes and associated complications in the South Asian population. Curr Cardiol Rep. 2014 May; 16(5):476.
  16. Jih J, Mukherjea A, Vittinghoff E, Nguyen TT, Tsoh JY, Fukuoka Y, Bender MS, Tseng W, Kanaya AM. Using appropriate body mass index cut points for overweight and obesity among Asian Americans. Prev Med. 2014 Aug; 65:1-6.
  17. Kanaya AM, Herrington D, Vittinghoff E, Ewing SK, Liu K, Blaha MJ, Dave SS, Qureshi F, Kandula NR. Understanding the high prevalence of diabetes in U.S. south Asians compared with four racial/ethnic groups: the MASALA and MESA studies. Diabetes Care. 2014 Jun; 37(6):1621-8.
  18. Kanaya AM, Kandula NR, Ewing SK, Herrington D, Liu K, Blaha MJ, Srivastava S, Dave SS, Budoff MJ. Comparing coronary artery calcium among U.S. South Asians with four racial/ethnic groups: the MASALA and MESA studies. Atherosclerosis. 2014 May; 234(1):102-7.
  19. Khan H, Kalogeropoulos AP, Zannad F, Marti CN, Wilson PW, Georgiopoulou VV, Kanaya AM, Newman AB, Schelbert E, Harris TB, Kritchevsky S, Yancy C, Gheorghiade M, Fonarow GC, Butler J. Incident heart failure in relation to vascular disease: insights from the Health, Aging, and Body Composition Study. Eur J Heart Fail. 2014 May; 16(5):526-34.
  20. Klein OL, Okwuosa T, Chan C, Schreiner P, Kanaya AM, Liu K, Green D. Changes in procoagulants track longitudinally with insulin resistance: findings from the coronary artery risk development in young adults (CARDIA) study. Diabet Med. 2014 Apr; 31(4):462-5.

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