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Paul R. Brakeman


Pediatric nephrologist
Medical Director, Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program

Dr. Paul R. Brakeman is medical director of the UCSF Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program. He specializes in evaluating and treating pediatric dialysis patients and pediatric kidney transplant patients, as well as children with conditions including recurrent urinary tract infections, chronic kidney disease, nephrotic syndrome (marked by symptoms of kidney damage, such as too much protein in the urine) and obstructive nephropathy (a problem with urine flow that affects kidney function).

Brakeman's research is focused on the engineering of renal epithelial cells (the cells that line nephrons, the kidney's functional units) for a bioartificial kidney and also on developing three-dimensional culture systems to study kidney toxicology and injury in the lab.

Brakeman earned his medical degree and doctorate through a combined program at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. At UCSF, he completed a residency in pediatrics, serving as chief resident, followed by a fellowship in pediatric nephrology.

  • Education

    Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, MD, 1997

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Pediatrics, 2001

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Pediatric Nephrology, 2004

  • Board Certifications

    Pediatric Nephrology, American Board of Pediatrics

    Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics

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Where I see patients (2)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    38 Ratings
    About our process
    May 23, 2023
    They are very good. They have taken care of my daughter very well, and are always available for any questions.
    May 22, 2023
    Dr. Brakeman was very knowledgeable and took time to explain things not only to us but to our son also. Wasn't rushed at all. Great bedside manner.
    Mar 13, 2023
    Jan 13, 2023
    He was very personable and understanding of our situation. He answered all our questions and provided us with all the information we will need for our baby and his condition along with a plan of what to do once he's here and the years to come. We also appreciated his flexibility.
    Jun 07, 2022
    Prompt Informative Friendly
    Mar 03, 2022
    Overall amazing experience left feeling very satisfied
    Feb 18, 2022
    What a good hospital that helps all people without discrimination.
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