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Laalasa Varanasi


Clinician-educator and globe-trotter

Dr. Laalasa Varanasi is a nephrologist who cares for patients with a broad range of conditions affecting the kidneys, including high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease, autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (a genetic disorder in which cysts form in the kidneys), glomerular disorders (involving the capillary clusters that filter the blood) and kidney cancer. She also oversees nephrology consultations and dialysis for patients on the medical and surgical wards as well as in the intensive care units.

Varanasi earned her medical degree at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and a fellowship in nephrology at UCSF, serving as chief fellow. Having a special interest in medical education, she also participated in the Health Professions Education Pathway program while completing her fellowship. In addition, she has completed advanced training on autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease at the UCSF PKD Center of Excellence, where she now serves as a sub-investigator for clinical trials.

  • Education

    UMKC School of Medicine, MD, 2015

  • Residencies

    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Internal Medicine, 2018

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Nephrology, 2020

  • Academic Title

    Assistant Professor

Where I see patients (2)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    213 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 16, 2023
    Knowledgeable & caring!
    Nov 13, 2023
    Always listens and explains
    Nov 10, 2023
    Dr. Varanasi is an excellent doctor. She has excellent social skills as well. She talks to me - she is patient and understanding. She is wonderful and I would recommend her for certain.
    Oct 15, 2023
    Dr. Varanasi is a very great doctor she listens she cares for her patients
    Sep 22, 2023
    Best nephrologist I could ask for
    Sep 11, 2023
    I would refer any friend or family to Dr. Varanasi. She's very kind answers questions and even if you need her after business hours she is always there.
    Aug 19, 2023
    Dr. Varanasi has always been caring and professional. An exceptional doctor!
    Aug 16, 2023
    Dr. Laalasa Varanasi is a truly excellent doctor in every way. She deserves a raise &Given tenure!!!
    Jul 26, 2023
    My care provider is amazing. Answer all my questions and gave honest answer that made me feel comfortable and knowing what I need to do going forward.
    Jul 14, 2023
    Dr Varanasi always comes to our appointments having already reviewed my tests. She is thorough efficient is a good listener and fully explains any concerns I have.
    Jun 07, 2023
    Dr. Varanasi is the best!!!! Professional caringDefinitive explanations
    Jun 07, 2023
    Vey happy with provider
    May 11, 2023
    Dr. Varanasi is a wonderful physician. She listens and explains any concerns clearly.
    May 06, 2023
    She is one of my favorite doctors!
    Apr 26, 2023
    Dr Varanasi is wonderful this was my first visit with her and I love her very caring.
    Apr 10, 2023
    And my family members needed a kidney doctor or hypertension specialist. I would recommend them to the doctor. She's very caring very kind and even wanna talk for hours. She takes her own patient calls.
    Apr 06, 2023
    She is always friendly listens to me and very knowledgeable.
    Mar 28, 2023
    This was my first time with the NP and Dr.
    Mar 02, 2023
    I couldn't have wished for a better care provider.
    Mar 01, 2023
    Dr. Very by take's care of me as if I were part of her family
    Feb 25, 2023
    Dr Varanasi is very understanding. She listens to me and responds to all my concerns. She is an excellent care provider.
    Feb 16, 2023
    Love Dr Varanasi!
    Jan 05, 2023
    Dr.V. Was current on my status and offered excellent follow-up
    Nov 30, 2022
    Excellent. Plus Dr. Varanasi ordered labs in advance of our next visit to continue to monitor my condition.
    Nov 23, 2022
    This physician is excellent all the way around. Excellent clinical and people skills; she listens and I'm allowed to have an opinion or share a thought; she never gets ruffled when I say "I've researched this and that what do you think"; she appreciates patients who advocate for themselves. Somehow with her knowledge of all aspects of my issue and her lovely demeanor she is able to share the good and bad and I always walk away feeling hopeful. She Is the best in my book.
    Nov 19, 2022
    My care provider made me confident I am receiving the best care possible anywhere...
    Oct 17, 2022
    I appreciate the thorough care Dr Varanasi has given me. She is attentive listens to my concerns and clearly explains possible treatments and expectations.
    Oct 13, 2022
    Very caring good listenervery patient and good comminicater
    Oct 01, 2022
    Dr Varanasi is excellent. Compassionate care of the highest of quality. Very thorough listens to and addresses my concerns coordinates with my doctors etc. I can't say enough good things.
    Aug 28, 2022
    Doctor was kind friendly explained everything well and answered my questions
    Aug 27, 2022
    Dr Varanasi is top notch professional and her bedside(screen) manner is amazing. One of the best Dr's I have ever been to
    Jul 27, 2022
    Everything was perfect
    Jul 11, 2022
    Very thorough provided good reasons for recommended treatments.
    Jun 13, 2022
    Dr. Varanasi is very warm sincere attentive during our visit
    Apr 25, 2022
    Discussed options and step wise approach to treatment
    Apr 22, 2022
    Maybe a bit TOO much information about meds pros and cons!
    Apr 08, 2022
    Dr Laalasa is an excellent physician. She has a wonderful warm approach to her patients.
    Apr 06, 2022
    Best provider.
    Feb 23, 2022
    Dr Varanasi always makes sure informed and that I understand. She takes me seriously she shows me respect and she is very genuine. It is rare to find those qualities in a dr
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