Brian Lee


Medical Director, Living Kidney Donor Program
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Dr. Brian Lee is a transplant nephrologist focused on caring for adult and young adult patients with end-stage kidney disease who might benefit from a kidney transplant. His team performs evaluations to get patients on the kidney transplant wait list, evaluates prospective living donors and ensures compatibility between donors and recipients. He serves as medical director of the UCSF Living Kidney Donor Program.

In addition to helping complete presurgical workups, Lee cares for patients after surgery and follows up with patients to manage immunosuppression and any complications that occur. If a patient's kidneys fail after the surgery, he helps evaluate them for a second transplant.

Lee's research focuses on living donation. He studies the barriers to donation, the outcomes of transplants from living donors and ways to optimize kidney function and longevity following living donor transplantation. He also studies how to desensitize recipients – lower antibody levels – to lower the risk of a rapid, severe rejection of the transplanted organ.

Lee earned his medical degree at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the Case Western Reserve University, where he also completed a fellowship in nephrology. He then completed a fellowship in transplant nephrology at UCSF, subsequently joining the faculty. He has also completed a fellowship in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona so that he could inform patients on the use of complementary and alternative medicine during the kidney transplant process.

Lee belongs to the American Society of Transplantation, National Kidney Registry and American Society of Nephrology.

  • Education

    Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 2000

  • Residencies

    Case Western Reserve University, Internal Medicine , 2005

  • Fellowships

    Case Western Reserve University, Nephrology, 2007

    UCSF, Transplant Nephrology, 2008

    University of Arizona, Integrative Medicine, 2014

  • Board Certifications

    Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

    Nephrology, American Board of Internal Medicine

  • Languages


In transplantation, you've never seen it all. I learn something new with each patient. It keeps me on my toes.

Clinics I work with

Kidney Transplant Center

400 Parnassus Ave., Seventh Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Center of Excellence

400 Parnassus Ave., B1 Plaza Level
San Francisco, CA 94143

My reviews


Overall Experience
130 Reviews
Dr Lee is excellent. He really listened to me and was willing to switch dosages to help me feel better. He was flexible in my medications. And now I am beginning to feel much much better.
Explained things in a way that was easy to understand
130 Reviews
Did the doctor pay attention to your concerns
129 Reviews
Gave easy to understand instructions about taking care of health problems or concerns
122 Reviews
Knew the important information about your medical history
129 Reviews
The provider showed respect for what you had to say
129 Reviews
The provider spent enough time with me
130 Reviews

"Sometimes you have to put yourself in the patient’s shoes."