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Minnie M. Sarwal


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Dr. Minnie M. Sarwal is a nephrologist who cares for patients undergoing kidney and pancreas transplantation. Providing care throughout the process, she has a special interest in using precision medicine to personalize transplantation for each patient. She is also interested in treating inherited metabolic disorders, such as cystinosis (tissue damage from buildup of an amino acid called cystine), oxalosis (problems caused by buildup in the blood of a compound called oxalate) and methylmalonic acidemia (problems caused by an inability to process certain proteins and fats).

Sarwal earned her medical degree at the Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, in India. She completed a residency in neonatology, pediatrics and surgery at Leicester Medical School in England, followed by fellowships in nephrology and surgery at Guy's Hospital in London, pediatrics at Leicester Royal Infirmary, pediatric cardiology at Groby Road Hospital in Leicester and immunology at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge. She earned her doctorate in molecular genetics at the University of Cambridge under her mentor Nobel Laureate Sydney Brenner.

Using high-throughput gene assays and artificial intelligence, Sarwal's research focuses on developing new tests to facilitate early diagnosis and treatment of organ rejection and infection in transplant recipients. Her lab has done pivotal work to produce commercially available tests for organ transplant rejection, including the blood tests kSORT and Prospera and the urine test QSant.

Sarwal is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.

  • Education

    Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, MBBS, 1986

  • Residencies

    Leicester Medical School, Neonatology, Pediatrics and Surgery, 1991

  • Fellowships

    Addenbrooke's Hospital, Immunology, 1992

  • Academic Title


Live like there is no tomorrow, because one day you will be right.

Where I see patients (2)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    79 Ratings
    About our process
    Sep 29, 2023
    Not only were recommendations made but how to execute on them was also discussed.
    Sep 02, 2023
    We were one with each other like a single life force floating through the cosmos.
    Aug 29, 2023
    She was fantastic. Great appointment-
    Jul 14, 2023
    Excellent I love seeing her yearly
    Jun 29, 2023
    Meeting seemed rushed. When I looked later at the summary It mentioned we discussed many items that we never touched on such as exercise heart skin and other physical concerns primary care follow up. We also never discussed labwork.
    May 04, 2023
    Dr. Sarwal was excellent in all ways
    Apr 06, 2023
    Dr Sarwal listened asked and answered all concerns/questions I had.
    Feb 24, 2023
    I have always felt like "family" with all of the staff at UCSF. Caring concerned and helpful.
    Feb 15, 2023
    She was positive and encouraging went over all my recent blood test results and offered to renew any prescriptions I needed.
    Feb 12, 2023
    Dr. Sarwal stated that it is fine to take my anti-rejection medications while being pregnant and I know that she is full of it. Other doctors have told me to not take my anti-rejection medications while being pregnant.
    Feb 02, 2023
    Experience was good. Just wish we had more time allotted to talk Un-rushed.
    Dec 15, 2022
    I'm really grateful
    Dec 08, 2022
    Dr Sarwal is great kind and an expert at her jobs
    Oct 13, 2022
    I have always felt comfortable and at ease by my team.
    Oct 09, 2022
    Dr Sarwal is very good.
    May 26, 2022
    I have a good rapport with my provider who gives me courage to cope with my many challenges
    Apr 09, 2022
    I was extremely expressed with the Dr. and how comfortable I felt after the appt. The comfort came by way of her approach info provided and the connection I felt with her.

    Selected research

    Decorative Caduceus

    KIDney Injury in Times of COVID-19 (KIDCOV)

    The 12-month continuous, quantitative Kidney Injury Test (KIT) score, measured on a scale of 0-100, where a higher urine-based KIT score correlates to worse kidney injury.