Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh

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Professor of Medicine, Medicine
School of Medicine

Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology, UCLA Fielding School of, Public Health
Public Health

Secondary Appointment, Pediatrics
School of Medicine

Secondary Appointment, Public Health
Public Health

Secondary Appointment, Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing
Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing

M.D., Uinversity of Bonn, Germany, 1991, Medicine (Staatsexamen, Germany)
M.D., Univ. Erlangen Nuremberg, Germany, 1996, Doctoral thesis (Dissertation, Doctoris medicinae, Dr. med.)
M.P.H., UC Berkeley, 1999, Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Ph.D., UC Berkeley, 2004, Epidemiology

Phone: (714) 456-5142
Fax: (714) 456-6034
Email: kkz@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
Division of Nephrology, Hypertension and Kidney Transplantation
333 City Boulevard West
Suite 400
Mail Code: 4088
Orange, CA 92868
Research Interests
Nutritional management of kidney diseases, CKD/AKI outcome/epidemiology, cardiovascular risks in CKD, malnutrition & wasting, inflammation & cachexia, diabetes & obesity, osteodystrophy, minerals, sodium & potassium disarrays, anemia & iron deficiency
Academic Distinctions
Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, (a.k.a. Kam Kalantar) studied medicine at the Universities of Bonn (Staatsexamen) and Nuremberg (Dr. med. degree) in Germany and also obtained MPH and PhD degrees in Epidemiology from University of California Berkeley. His post-graduate trainings include a medicine/pediatrics residency at SUNY Brooklyn program and a Nephrology fellowship at UCSF. During 2000-2012 Dr. Kalantar served as a faculty nephrologist at Harbor-UCLA and was appointed as Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics and Epidemiology at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and Fielding School of Public Health. Since August 2012, Dr. Kalantar has served as the chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension and Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics and Public Health at UC Irvine and oversees educational programs at UC Irvine Medical Center and Long Beach Veteran Administration Medical Center. Prof. Kalantar-Zadeh passed board certification examinations in Internal Medicine (1997, 2007, 2018), Pediatrics (1997, 2004, 2016) and Nephrology (1999, 2009, 2019). He has been listed in several prestigious top-physician directories including TOP DOCTORS, BEST DOCTORS, Super-Doctors, OCMA Top Physicians, Best Physicians of Los Angeles and Orange County, and Castle-Connolly TOP PHYSICIANS.

Dr Kalantar is a member and co-chair of the joint steering committee of the World Kidney Day (WKD), past president of the International Society of Renal Nutrition & Metabolism (ISRNM) and International Federation of Kidney Foundation (IFKF), a member of the Boards of Directors of the ESRD Network 18 and the National Forum of the ESRD Networks, a former council member of the ISN (International Society of Nephrology).
Dr Kalantar has served as a standing member of the NIH study section “Kidney, Nutrition, Obesity and Diabetes” (KNOD, 2009-2013) and NIH NRCS (2017-2021) as well as ad-hoc member of several other study sections at NIH, PCORI, VA, including chairing and co-chairing some study sections, Department of Defense (DOD), American Diabetic Association (ADA), the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), PCORI, VA (Veterans Affairs) EPID, etc. He has had several grants including from the NIH (R01’s, R21’s, R44, K24 mid-career award, R13, U01, K23, T35), NKF, and AHA. His research is also supported by a generous philanthropic donation from Mr. Harold Simmons, Mr. Louis Chang, and Dr Joseph Lee (Divisional endowment), and Dr Kalantar is the founder and director of the Harold Simmons Center for Kidney Disease Research & Epidemiology.
Research Abstract
Dr. Kalantar has conducted research and presented numerous grand rounds and other lectures in national and international conferences on renal nutrition and dietary management, Nephrectomy (cancer, donor, etc) and solitary kidney, kidney disease outcome and epidemiology, cardiovascular risks in CKD, malnutrition and wasting in chronic diseases, inflammation and cachexia, diabetes and obesity, diabetic nephropathy, proteinuria and foamy urine, renal osteodystrophy and mineral disorders, sodium and potassium disarrays, anemia and iron deficiency, disparities and quality of life in CKD, CKD/ESRD patient centeredness, gut microbiome in CKD, and acid-base disorders.

Kalantar-Zadeh has authored 4 textbooks, more than 900 papers and over 20 chapters. Dr. Kalantar is an editor-in-chief, associate editor, or a member of the editorial board of many renowned peer-reviewed journals including in Nephrology, Nutrition and Public Health including the Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation (NDT), American Journal of Kidney Diseases (AJKD), Cardiorenal Medicine (CRM), Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle (JCSM), Seminars in Dialysis, Kidney International (KI), Journal of Am Soc Nephrol (JASN), Nature Reviews Nephrol, Journal of Renal Nutrition (JReN), American Journal of Nephrology (AJN), International Urology and Nephrology (IUN), Nephron, Int. J Inflammation, Clinical Journal of American Society of Nephrology (CJASN), etc.
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Awards and Honors
NIH Career Development Award (2001-2006)
Joel D Kopple Award, 2006
NIH Mid-Career Mentoring Award (2011-2021)
UCI Mentor of the Year Award, 2017
Short Biography
Editor in Chief, Journal of Renal Nutrition www.JRNjournal.org
See PubMed or Google Scholar for the complete list of Dr Kalantar's publication, over 900 publications by 2021. [cannot be listed here given limited space] see: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=kYonxxoAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao
See NIH grants (4x R01, 2x R21, K23, K24, R13, U01, R44, T35) and additional non-NIH grants
Professional Societies
Societies (elected fellowships in parentheses): ACP (FACP), AAP (FAAP), ASN (FASN), NKF (FNKF), AHA (FAHA), ACE
International Soceity of Nephrology (ISN) Council Member
World Kidney Day (WKD) Steering Committee
Other Experience
Medical Director
DaVita and FMC dialysis clinics 2007

Associate Director of Kidney Transplant Program
St. Mary's Medical Center and UCI Med Center 2000—2016

President Elect and President
International Society of Renal Nutrition & Metabolism (ISRNM) 2012—2016

UNOS Approved Director of UCI Kidney Transplant Program
UCI Medical center 2014—2016

Dialysis Medical Director
UCI Dialysis Center 2013

COHS Executive Committee 2021—2023

Allied Health Committee

Board of Directors appointment
ESRD Network 18 2017

National Forum of ESRD Networks

Network 18 Medical Review Board 2019

Graduate Programs
Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics

Nephrology (IM)


Research Center
Harold Simmons Cntr for Kidney Disease Research & Epidemiology
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