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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


Where I see patients (1)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    227 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 13, 2023
    Took the time to listen to my questions and make she answered my questions
    Nov 07, 2023
    The doctor explained to me everything she could read about my labs
    Oct 01, 2023
    Dr Adey is outstanding. She's an expert in her field with compassion for her patients. I feel like Dr Adey really cares about me and my health.
    Aug 22, 2023
    Dr Adey is very professional and caring. I trust her completely.
    Aug 04, 2023
    Dt. Adey was very attentive caring and personable.
    Jul 31, 2023
    Over the past 50 years I have interacted with many physicians as a patient. My experience has been good. Dr. Adey stands out as a compassionate interested and caring practitioner. Those of us fortunate enough to have her as out physician are blessed.
    Jul 30, 2023
    My respects to the doctor she is excellent. I would like her to continue to see me in my subsequent consultations.Thank you for your attention.
    Jul 26, 2023
    Jul 10, 2023
    Dr Adey was very patient and listened to me carefully as we went over my history since this was an initial visit.
    Jun 17, 2023
    Best provider I have had ever
    Jun 11, 2023
    Dr Adey is prepared for appointments and is professional considerate and personable with her interactions Always an informative and a pleasant session.
    May 28, 2023
    I have seen many doctors over the past 50 years. Dr. Adey is one of the most compassionate thoughtful and informed Doctors I have met. She is always familiar with my condition is encouraging and ensures a referral if needed.
    May 26, 2023
    Dr Adey is the best she has provided me with excellent care and I trust her with my life
    Apr 26, 2023
    Apr 13, 2023
    For me she has been a very effective and understandable doctor.
    Apr 13, 2023
    Verg good experience.
    Apr 09, 2023
    Dr Deborah Adey was very pleasant and have informed me very well of the transplant process she quiet remove all my worries and have me the feeling to live longer and have assurance.She has discuss with me the advantage of having a living donor.she is a very good doctor and by talking with her I found hope Thank you Dr Deborah Adey.
    Apr 06, 2023
    Great listener very helpful and empathic
    Mar 14, 2023
    Dr. Adey is an amazing physician. I have been in her direct care. She is pragmatic listens carefully always reviews the chart and remembers small details from prior visits. With my transplant Dr. Adey offers encouragement and gentle nudges towards living a good life. I believe that Dr. Adey presence in the program is a gift to all of us.
    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.