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Deborah Adey



Dr. Deborah Adey is a specialist in kidney disorders who has a particular interest in caring for kidney transplant patients with recurrent focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, in which some of the kidney's filtering units become scarred.

Adey's research on kidney transplantation has addressed factors that contribute to long-term allograft loss (when the donor is not genetically identical to the recipient). She has also studied interventions aimed at lowering high antibody levels in patients awaiting kidney transplant.

Adey attended medical school at the University of Colorado Denver. She completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Vermont. She completed her first two years of a fellowship in nephrology at the University of Vermont, where she studied protein metabolism in kidney failure. At the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, she continued her training in transplantation.

Adey joined the UCSF kidney transplant team in July 1997 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at UCSF Medical Center. As part of her teaching activities, she runs the UCSF nephrology fellows lecture series and directs the transplant nephrology fellowship program.

  • Education

    University of Colorado Health Sciences, 1989

  • Residencies

    University of Vermont, Internal Medicine, 1992

  • Fellowships

    University of Vermont, Nephrology, 1994

    Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., Nephrology, 1996

  • Board Certifications

    Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

    Nephrology, American Board of Internal Medicine

  • Academic Title


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    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    197 Ratings
    About our process
    Mar 05, 2023
    Dr Adey is personable and professional!
    Feb 22, 2023
    Feb 18, 2023
    Dr Adey answered my concerns about COVID boosters to my satisfaction and eased my concerns.
    Feb 18, 2023
    Dr. Adey makes a difference in my care. She listens to my questions and concerns. Dr. Adey is my voice of reason. I trust her.
    Feb 09, 2023
    I left a message to the doctor to call me back..didn't get a call back
    Feb 08, 2023
    She gave me the information that had to do with me and my problems
    Dec 20, 2022
    I've worked with Dr. Adey for so many years and am happy that she is my main Kidney Transplant Dr.
    Dec 08, 2022
    Dr Adey is professional pleasant and makes a special point of acquainting herself with my conditions and treatments.
    Nov 11, 2022
    Dr. Adey is an exceptional doctor and I am continually grateful to have her as my transplant nephrologist. Experienced research-based caring.
    Oct 28, 2022
    Oct 24, 2022
    She was very happy that I was able to connect smoothly that I had a list of questions and told me the advantages of seeking a live donor. I had no clue :-(
    Oct 06, 2022
    Excellent informations and questions asked was well presented and understanding.
    Sep 10, 2022
    Very excellent
    Sep 10, 2022
    Very good
    Aug 25, 2022
    Dr Adey is fantastic. Professional approachable and compassionate
    Aug 19, 2022
    Adey is the BEST! She is on top of her game and approaches my visit as a conversation where both of us are engaged.
    Aug 06, 2022
    I was told about what to do and expect before and after the operations.
    Aug 05, 2022
    Dr. Adey is the gold standard of provider care.
    Jun 03, 2022
    All good
    Apr 13, 2022
    Dr. Adey is one of the best doctors I've ever had. She not only knows me and my medical status very well but she very personable approachable and makes it easy to ask any and all questions without judgment. I always leave my appointments with Dr. Adey feeling positive.
    Mar 12, 2022
    I have had nothing but wonderful care during my transplant.
    Nov 25, 2021
    Sr. Adey answers and explains any questions or concerns I have and is very easy to understand her explanations. I am always happy when I know I will be talking with her at my scheduled appt. - Somme or regular visit.
    Nov 20, 2021
    Totally happy with my visit to UCSF Transplant Clinic San Francisco
    Nov 03, 2021
    Dr. Adey was very nice friendly professional and helpful. She was extremely knowledgeable in her field and answered all of my questions concerning my medical condition and the kidney transplant process. She made me feel very comfortable and helped to take way my uneasiness about my situation and it's possible treatment at the UCSF kidney transplant department. I would recommend Dr. Adey and her staff to anyone seeking excellent treatment of kidney disease anytime.
    Oct 21, 2021
    Great appt
    Sep 25, 2021
    This was a tele visit and the provided seemed very distracted by her jewelry during the visit.
    Sep 17, 2021
    May 22, 2021
    Dr Adey is a tremendous doctor. I've worked with her starting in 2005. She provides important key basic information about my health the blood draw results in a medical science way and also is excellent at providing insight about issues like masking COVID-19 care traveling and others. Dr Adey is an excellent very smart doctor IMO.