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Adrian Whelan


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Dr. Adrian Whelan is a nephrologist who specializes in caring for patients during kidney transplantation. He evaluates patients prior to their surgery, cares for them in the hospital before and after the transplant, and provides follow-up care to support healthy integration of the new organ. Dedicated to helping train the next generation of transplant nephrologists, he directs UCSF's fellowship program in kidney transplantation.

Whelan's research focuses on identifying factors that prevent patients from accessing kidney transplants, with the goal of removing barriers for those who need care.

Whelan earned his medical degree at University College Cork, part of the National University of Ireland, and completed a residency in internal medicine and specialist training in nephrology at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. At UCSF, he completed two fellowships, one in general nephrology and one in transplant nephrology. He also earned a master of advanced studies degree in clinical research from UCSF.

  • Education

    National University of Ireland, MB BCh, 2009

  • Residencies

    Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Internal Medicine, 2012

  • Fellowships

    Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Nephrology, 2017

    UCSF, Nephrology, 2020

    UCSF, Transplant Nephrology, 2021

  • Academic Title

    Assistant Professor

Receiving a kidney transplant is a life-changing event. It is incredibly rewarding to see patients' lives improve as they go through the process.

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    Selected research