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


Clinics I work with

Kidney Transplant Center

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

My reviews


Overall Experience
173 Reviews
Love Dr. Deborah Adey. She's the best! I've been seen by her since 2006 so I know how thorough she is. I know she knows me and my medical needs very well and her recommendations and guidance are excellent. She also is very good at communicating with my local nephrologist to ensure my care from UCSF and my local medical support are well-coordinated. You can't ask for any better service!!!!!!
Explained things in a way that was easy to understand
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Did the doctor pay attention to your concerns
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Gave easy to understand instructions about taking care of health problems or concerns
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Knew the important information about your medical history
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The provider showed respect for what you had to say
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The provider spent enough time with me
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