Carmen Peralta, MD, MAS


Carmen Peralta is a general nephrologist who treats all aspects of chronic kidney disease at the Nephrology and Hypertension Faculty Practice. She is passionate about early detection and specializes in helping patients manage their kidney disease in the early stages. Peralta also has a particular interest in treating patients with hypertension.

An associate professor at UCSF, Peralta is co-founder and executive director of the Kidney Health Research Collaborative.

Peralta earned her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University and completed her internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She earned a master’s of advanced study degree at UCSF, where she also completed a nephrology fellowship.

Her research is funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and a Harold Amos Faculty Development Program award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which presented her with a Young Leader award in 2012.


Nephrology and Hypertension Faculty Practice
400 Parnassus Ave., B1 Plaza Level
San Francisco, CA 94143-0532
Phone: (415) 353-2507
Fax: (415) 353-2530

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

Board Certification

Internal Medicine

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John Hopkins University School of Medicine 2001


Bringhams and Women Hospital 2004


UCSF Medical Center 2008

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Gutirrez OM, Limou S, Lin F, Peralta CA, Kramer HJ, Carr JJ, Bibbins-Domingo K, Winkler CA, Lewis CE, Kopp JB. APOL1 nephropathy risk variants do not associate with subclinical atherosclerosis or left ventricular mass in middle-aged black adults. Kidney Int. 2017 Oct 14.
  2. Judson GL, Rubinsky AD, Shlipak MG, Katz R, Kramer H, Jacobs DR, Odden MC, Peralta CA. Longitudinal blood pressure changes and kidney function decline in persons without chronic kidney disease: Findings from the MESA study. Am J Hypertens. 2017 Oct 05.
  3. Ku E, Scherzer R, Odden MC, Shlipak M, White CL, Field TS, Benavente O, Pergola PE, Peralta CA. Patterns of blood pressure response during intensive BP lowering and clinical events: results from the secondary prevention of small subcortical strokes trial. Blood Press. 2017 Sep 27; 1-9.
  4. Huerta A, Arjona E, Portoles J, Lopez-Sanchez P, Rabasco C, Espinosa M, Cavero T, Blasco M, Cao M, Manrique J, Cabello-Chavez V, Suer M, Heras M, Fulladosa X, Belmar L, Sempere A, Peralta C, Castillo L, Arnau A, Praga M, Rodriguez de Cordoba S. A retrospective study of pregnancy-associated atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome. Kidney Int. 2017 Sep 11.
  5. Malhotra R, Nguyen HA, Benavente O, Mete M, Howard BV, Mant J, Odden MC, Peralta CA, Cheung AK, Nadkarni GN, Coleman RL, Holman RR, Zanchetti A, Peters R, Beckett N, Staessen JA, Ix JH. Association Between More Intensive vs Less Intensive Blood Pressure Lowering and Risk of Mortality in Chronic Kidney Disease Stages 3 to 5: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 Sep 05.
  6. Ishida JH, Auer R, Vittinghoff E, Pletcher MJ, Reis JP, Sidney S, Johansen KL, Bibbins-Domingo K, Peralta CA, Shlipak MG. Marijuana Use and Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate in Young Adults. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2017 Aug 24.
  7. Peralta CA, Estrella MM. Preventive nephrology in the era of "I" evidence: should we screen for chronic kidney disease? Kidney Int. 2017 Jul; 92(1):19-21.
  8. Smitson CC, Scherzer R, Shlipak MG, Psaty BM, Newman AB, Sarnak MJ, Odden MC, Peralta CA. Association of Blood Pressure Trajectory With Mortality, Incident Cardiovascular Disease, and Heart Failure in the Cardiovascular Health Study. Am J Hypertens. 2017 Jun 01; 30(6):587-593.
  9. Chen TK, Estrella MM, Vittinghoff E, Lin F, Gutierrez OM, Kramer H, Lewis CE, Kopp JB, Allen NB, Winkler CA, Bibbins-Domingo KB, Peralta CA. APOL1 genetic variants are not associated with longitudinal blood pressure in young black adults. Kidney Int. 2017 Oct; 92(4):964-971.
  10. Madero M, Katz R, Murphy R, Newman A, Patel K, Ix J, Peralta C, Satterfield S, Fried L, Shlipak M, Sarnak M. Comparison between Different Measures of Body Fat with Kidney Function Decline and Incident CKD. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2017 Jun 07; 12(6):893-903.
  11. Kramer H, Colangelo L, Lewis CE, Jacobs DR, Pletcher M, Bibbins-Domingo K, Chang A, Siscovick D, Shlipak M, Peralta CA, Bansal N, Muntner P, Liu K. Cumulative Exposure to Systolic Blood Pressure During Young Adulthood Through Midlife and the Urine Albumin-to-Creatinine Ratio at Midlife. Am J Hypertens. 2017 May 01; 30(5):502-509.
  12. Peralta CA, Frigaard M, Rubinsky AD, Rolon L, Lo L, Voora S, Seal K, Tuot D, Chao S, Lui K, Chiao P, Powe N, Shlipak M. Implementation of a pragmatic randomized trial of screening for chronic kidney disease to improve care among non-diabetic hypertensive veterans. BMC Nephrol. 2017 Apr 12; 18(1):132.
  13. Odden MC, Peralta CA, Berlowitz DR, Johnson KC, Whittle J, Kitzman DW, Beddhu S, Nord JW, Papademetriou V, Williamson JD, Pajewski NM. Effect of Intensive Blood Pressure Control on Gait Speed and Mobility Limitation in Adults 75 Years or Older: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 Apr 01; 177(4):500-507.
  14. Le TX, Wolf JL, Peralta CA, Webber AB. Kidney Transplantation for Kidney Failure Due to Multiple Myeloma: Case Reports. Am J Kidney Dis. 2017 Jun; 69(6):858-862.
  15. Wu C, Smit E, Peralta CA, Sarathy H, Odden MC. Functional Status Modifies the Association of Blood Pressure with Death in Elders: Health and Retirement Study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Jul; 65(7):1482-1489.
  16. Cheung KL, Zakai NA, Folsom AR, Kurella Tamura M, Peralta CA, Judd SE, Callas PW, Cushman M. Measures of Kidney Disease and the Risk of Venous Thromboembolism in the REGARDS (Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke) Study. Am J Kidney Dis. 2017 Aug; 70(2):182-190.
  17. Ascher SB, Scherzer R, Peralta CA, Tien PC, Grunfeld C, Estrella MM, Abraham A, Gustafson DR, Nowicki M, Sharma A, Cohen MH, Butch AW, Young MA, Bennett MR, Shlipak MG. Association of Kidney Function and Early Kidney Injury With Incident Hypertension in HIV-Infected Women. Hypertension. 2017 Feb; 69(2):304-313.
  18. Hom EK, Duprez DA, Jacobs DR, Bluemke DA, Brumback LC, Polak JF, Peralta CA, Greenland P, Magzamen SL, Lima JA, Redheuil A, Herrington DM, Stein JH, Vaidya D, Ouyang P, Kaufman JD. Comparing Arterial Function Parameters for the Prediction of Coronary Heart Disease Events: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). Am J Epidemiol. 2016 Dec 15; 184(12):894-901.
  19. Odden MC, Wu C, Shlipak MG, Psaty BM, Katz R, Applegate WB, Harris T, Newman AB, Peralta CA. Blood Pressure Trajectory, Gait Speed, and Outcomes: The Health, Aging, and Body Composition Study. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2016 Dec; 71(12):e1.
  20. Kramer HJ, Stilp AM, Laurie CC, Reiner AP, Lash J, Daviglus ML, Rosas SE, Ricardo AC, Tayo BO, Flessner MF, Kerr KF, Peralta C, Durazo-Arvizu R, Conomos M, Thornton T, Rotter J, Taylor KD, Cai J, Eckfeldt J, Chen H, Papanicolau G, Franceschini N. African Ancestry-Specific Alleles and Kidney Disease Risk in Hispanics/Latinos. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2017 Mar; 28(3):915-922.

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