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Chi-yuan Hsu


Chief, Division of Nephrology

Dr. Chi-yuan Hsu is a specialist in kidney disease. He cares for adults who are hospitalized as well as those visiting the clinic. He is chief of the UCSF Division of Nephrology.

Hsu's research on acute, chronic and end-stage kidney disease includes investigating strategies to improve outcomes for patients with these conditions. Questions that arise in the course of caring for patients have often motivated his research.

Hsu earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and a master's degree in clinical epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in nephrology at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Hsu is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, National Kidney Foundation, International Society of Nephrology, Chinese American Society of Nephrology, Association of Specialty Professors and Renal Physicians Association. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and American Society of Nephrology, and has been voted a best doctor by San Francisco magazine, Marin Magazine and Castle Connolly, a consumer guide to preeminent U.S. health care.

  • Education

    Harvard Medical School, 1993

    Harvard School of Public Health, MS, Clinical Epidemiology, 1999

  • Residencies

    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Internal Medicine, 1996

  • Fellowships

    Massachusetts General Hospital, Nephrology, 1998

  • Board Certifications

    Nephrology, American Board of Internal Medicine

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I strive to conduct research that is highly pertinent to patient care. Many of my ideas start from seeing patients and realizing gaps in our knowledge.

Where I see patients (2)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    44 Ratings
    About our process
    Apr 03, 2023
    As you are aware Dr. Hsu is a rock star. A brilliant clinician. Perhaps only surpassed by his skills in research. A good human being.
    Mar 11, 2023
    Actually I am always amazed at how much care and expertise that Dr. Hsu brings to any visit. I know that that is his job but sometimes to me it falls into miracles kind of stuff.
    Sep 03, 2022
    Have recommended Dr Hsu MANY times!!
    Aug 07, 2022
    It has been an honor and a pleasure to be a patient of Dr Hsu
    Jul 11, 2022
    Clear concise and overall great knowledgeable communication
    Oct 23, 2021
    As always I receive the finest care from this provider which is not the case all departments
    Oct 12, 2021
    Dr. Hsu provides excellent supportive care. If I were to describe a perfect doctor it would be Dr. Hsu.
    Oct 02, 2021
    I fly in from Los Angles to see this provider. The whole team made it easy for me to scheduled my appointment. I'd highly recommend the entire department.

    Selected research

    Decorative Caduceus

    The Home Blood Pressure (BP) Trial

    Test the effect of treating home SBP <140mmHg vs a pre-dialysis SBP <140mmHg on rates of IDH


    Decorative Caduceus

    APOL1 Long-term Kidney Transplantation Outcomes Network (APOLLO)

    Time from receipt of kidney transplant to death-censored renal allograft failure. Measured in days.


    Decorative Caduceus

    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.