Alka Kanaya, MD


This provider is on sabbatical from July 2017 to July 2018. She will not see patients during this time.


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.

Board Certification

Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

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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. Nadimpalli S, Keita A, Wang J, Kanaya A, Kandula N, Gans KM, Talegawkar S. Are Experiences of Discrimination Related to Poorer Dietary Intakes Among South Asians in the MASALA Study? J Nutr Educ Behav. 2017 Sep 14.
  2. Forman DE, Santanasto AJ, Boudreau R, Harris T, Kanaya AM, Satterfield S, Simonsick EM, Butler J, Kizer JR, Newman AB. Impact of Incident Heart Failure on Body Composition Over Time in the Health, Aging, and Body Composition Study Population. Circ Heart Fail. 2017 Sep; 10(9).
  3. Patel J, Al Rifai M, Cainzos-Achirica M, Kandula NR, Kanaya AM, Khera A, Blumenthal RS, Nasir K, Blaha MJ, Joshi PH. Family History of CHD Is Associated With Severe CAC in South Asians: Comparing the MASALA and MESA Studies. JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2017 Aug; 10(8):958-960.
  4. Needham BL, Mukherjee B, Bagchi P, Kim C, Mukherjea A, Kandula NR, Kanaya AM. Acculturation Strategies and Symptoms of Depression: The Mediators of Atherosclerosis in South Asians Living in America (MASALA) Study. J Immigr Minor Health. 2017 Jul 26.
  5. Kandula N, Ahmed M, Dodani S, Gupta L, Hore P, Kanaya A, Khowaja A, Mathur A, Mehta D, Misra R, Paracha M, Bharmal N, Aghhi M, Leng J, Gany F. Cardiovascular Disease & Cancer Risk Among South Asians: Impact of Sociocultural Influences on Lifestyle and Behavior. J Immigr Minor Health. 2017 May 10.
  6. Gujral UP, Vittinghoff E, Mongraw-Chaffin M, Vaidya D, Kandula NR, Allison M, Carr J, Liu K, Narayan KMV, Kanaya AM. Cardiometabolic Abnormalities Among Normal-Weight Persons From Five Racial/Ethnic Groups in the United States: A Cross-sectional Analysis of Two Cohort Studies. Ann Intern Med. 2017 May 02; 166(9):628-636.
  7. Shea MK, Booth SL, Weiner DE, Brinkley TE, Kanaya AM, Murphy RA, Simonsick EM, Wassel CL, Vermeer C, Kritchevsky SB. Circulating Vitamin K Is Inversely Associated with Incident Cardiovascular Disease Risk among Those Treated for Hypertension in the Health, Aging, and Body Composition Study (Health ABC). J Nutr. 2017 May; 147(5):888-895.
  8. Gadgil MD, Oza-Frank R, Kandula NR, Kanaya AM. Type 2 diabetes after gestational diabetes mellitus in South Asian women in the United States. Diabetes Metab Res Rev. 2017 Jul; 33(5).
  9. Anand S, Kondal D, Montez-Rath M, Zheng Y, Shivashankar R, Singh K, Gupta P, Gupta R, Ajay VS, Mohan V, Pradeepa R, Tandon N, Ali MK, Narayan KM, Chertow GM, Kandula N, Prabhakaran D, Kanaya AM. Prevalence of chronic kidney disease and risk factors for its progression: A cross-sectional comparison of Indians living in Indian versus U.S. cities. PLoS One. 2017; 12(3):e0173554.
  10. Talegawkar SA, Jin Y, Kandula NR, Kanaya AM. Cardiovascular health metrics among South Asian adults in the United States: Prevalence and associations with subclinical atherosclerosis. Prev Med. 2017 Mar; 96:79-84.
  11. Lagisetty PA, Wen M, Choi H, Heisler M, Kanaya AM, Kandula NR. Neighborhood Social Cohesion and Prevalence of Hypertension and Diabetes in a South Asian Population. J Immigr Minor Health. 2016 Dec; 18(6):1309-1316.
  12. Shah BM, Shah S, Kandula NR, Gadgil MD, Kanaya AM. Psychosocial Factors Associated with Subclinical Atherosclerosis in South Asians: The MASALA Study. J Immigr Minor Health. 2016 Dec; 18(6):1317-1327.
  13. Nadimpalli SB, Dulin-Keita A, Salas C, Kanaya AM, Kandula NR. Associations Between Discrimination and Cardiovascular Health Among Asian Indians in the United States. J Immigr Minor Health. 2016 Dec; 18(6):1284-1291.
  14. Garg SK, Lin F, Kandula N, Ding J, Carr J, Allison M, Liu K, Herrington D, Vaidya D, Vittinghoff E, Kanaya AM. Ectopic Fat Depots and Coronary Artery Calcium in South Asians Compared With Other Racial/Ethnic Groups. J Am Heart Assoc. 2016 Nov 17; 5(11).
  15. Mongraw-Chaffin M, Kanaya AM, Kandula NR, Shah A, Anderson CA. The relationship between anthropometry and body composition from computed tomography: The Mediators of Atherosclerosis in South Asians Living in America Study. Ethn Health. 2016 Oct 21; 1-10.
  16. Klein OL, Aviles-Santa L, Cai J, Collard HR, Kanaya AM, Kaplan RC, Kinney GL, Mendes E, Smith L, Talavera G, Wu D, Daviglus M. Hispanics/Latinos With Type 2 Diabetes Have Functional and Symptomatic Pulmonary Impairment Mirroring Kidney Microangiopathy: Findings From the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL). Diabetes Care. 2016 Nov; 39(11):2051-2057.
  17. Bharmal NH, McCarthy WJ, Gadgil MD, Kandula NR, Kanaya AM. The Association of Religious Affiliation with Overweight/Obesity Among South Asians: The Mediators of Atherosclerosis in South Asians Living in America (MASALA) Study. J Relig Health. 2016 Jul 26.
  18. Nadimpalli SB, Kanaya AM, McDade TW, Kandula NR. Self-reported discrimination and mental health among Asian Indians: Cultural beliefs and coping style as moderators. Asian Am J Psychol. 2016 Sep; 7(3):185-194.
  19. Ng BK, Hinton BJ, Fan B, Kanaya AM, Shepherd JA. Clinical anthropometrics and body composition from 3D whole-body surface scans. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2016 Nov; 70(11):1265-1270.
  20. Kandula NR, Puri-Taneja A, Victorson DE, Dave SS, Kanaya AM, Huffman MD. Mediators of Atherosclerosis in South Asians Living in America: Use of Web-Based Methods for Follow-Up and Collection of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures. JMIR Res Protoc. 2016 Jun 08; 5(2):e95.

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