Elaine Ku

MD MAS

Director, Nephrology Transition Clinic
Nephrologist

Dr. Elaine Ku is a nephrologist who cares for adult and pediatric patients with chronic kidney disease or high blood pressure. She directs the clinic that prepares adolescents who have kidney disease or have received kidney transplants for the transition into adult health care systems.

Ku's research interests include different approaches to diagnosing and managing chronic kidney disease in children versus adults. She is currently studying how blood pressure treatment, obesity and racial disparities affect outcomes for children as opposed to adults with kidney disease.

Ku earned her medical degree from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. She then completed a residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center and a fellowship in adult and pediatric nephrology at UCSF. She also has a master of advanced study degree in clinical research from UCSF. During her undergraduate career at UCLA, she was a Regents Scholar, one of the highest honors conferred on students in the UC system.

Ku belongs to the American Society of Nephrology, American Society of Pediatric Nephrology, American Society of Transplantation and American Academy of Pediatrics.

  • Education

    UCSF, M.A.S., Clinical Research, 2015

    UC San Diego School of Medicine, 2007

  • Residencies

    LAC+USC Medical Center, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, 2011

  • Fellowship

    UCSF, Adult and Pediatric Nephrology, 2015

  • Board Certifications

    Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

    Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

  • Languages

    Mandarin

    Spanish

Nephrology and Hypertension Faculty Practice

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

Selected research

Decorative Caduceus

Pilot to Examine Risk and Feasibility of Remote Management of BP From CKD Through ESRD

The transition from chronic kidney disease (CKD) to end-stage renal disease ESRD is a vulnerable and challenging period of time for patients and providers. Suboptimal control of blood pressure is known to be common i...

Recruiting

Decorative Caduceus

Activity Trackers for Improving BP

The study aims to determine if use of physical activity trackers coupled with provider feedback will increase awareness of young adults of their physical fitness and improve blood pressure levels. The goal of this pi...

Recruiting

Decorative Caduceus

Pilot to Examine Risk and Feasibility of Remote Management of BP From Childhood Into Early Adul...

Hypertension is an increasingly common problem in children, especially among those who are obese or with diabetes and chronic kidney disease. This study is a pilot randomized controlled trial designed to test whether...

Recruiting

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