Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Center of Excellence
The UCSF Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Center of Excellence is dedicated to providing comprehensive, cutting-edge care to patients with polycystic kidney disease, or PKD. PKD is the fourth leading cause of kidney failure, and more than half of people with PKD will develop kidney failure by the age of 50.
Because PKD can affect many organ systems in addition to the kidneys, our center is experienced in navigating all medical conditions related to PKD. Our team includes experts from many different specialties – including nephrology, hepatology, cardiology, radiology, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, and maternal-fetal medicine – as well as a dedicated dietitian and genetic counselor. Our patients benefit from the most up-to-date diagnostic and treatment options, including advanced imaging technologies to monitor progression of the disease.
As a growing hub for PKD research, we are also working toward developing new therapies. Find out more about our clinical research.
MD, MASInfectious disease specialist
Christopher E. Freise
MD, FACSOrgan transplant surgeon
MD, MS, FACPNephrologist
George W. Pasvankas
Zhen Jane Wang
Mary Ellen DiPaola
DPT, MSPhysical therapist
Hyperpolarized 13C Pyruvate MRI Scan in Predicting Tumor Aggressiveness in Patients With Locali...
Descriptive statistics (mean, median, standard deviation, distribution, etc) of the metabolism measures will be calculated. We will use a tree-based cross-validated Classification & Regression Trees (CART) model for predicting ben...
Liberation From Acute Dialysis
Alive and off dialysis at the time of discharge, with sustained independence from dialysis for 14 days. This outcome does not require that all 14 days of sustained independence occur in-hospital.
Hyperpolarized 13C Pyruvate MRI for Treatment Response Assessment in Patients With Locally Adva...
Descriptive statistics will be used to summarize the mean, standard deviation, and 95% confidence interval of the measurements.
APOL1 Long-term Kidney Transplantation Outcomes Network (APOLLO)
Time from receipt of kidney transplant to death-censored renal allograft failure. Measured in days.
Awards & recognition
Best hospital in Northern California
Best in Northern California in nephrology
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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Class
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Spiritual Care Services
Chaplains representing many faiths are available around the clock to provide support, comfort and counsel to patients, families and caregivers. Learn more.
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What to Bring
- Photo I.D.
- Health insurance card
- Insurance authorization, if required
- Doctor's referral, if required
- Recent test results related to your condition
- List of your medications, including dosages, plus any you're allergic to
- List of questions you may have
- Device or paper for taking notes
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