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  • Patrick Cunningham Ahearn, MD, MAS

    Patrick Cunningham Ahearn, MD, MAS

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Nephrology

    BioDr. Ahearn is a board-certified nephrologist. He is also a clinical assistant professor in the Stanford University School of Medicine Division of Nephrology.

    He specializes in providing innovative care to kidney disease and transplant patients. He develops a comprehensive, compassionate care plan personalized to each patient in his care.

    In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Ahearn has conducted research on barriers to transplantation for patients with extended dialysis exposure, disparities in living kidney donation, and disparities in access to kidney transplant. He also has researched kidney transplant outcomes as they relate to the timing of dialysis initiation plus new pharmaceuticals for the kidney transplant population.

    Dr. Ahearn has made presentations on these and other topics to the American Transplant Congress and Society of General Internal Medicine Meeting. He has published peer-reviewed articles on his research topics in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, JAMA Network Open, American Journal of Kidney Diseases, American Journal of Surgery, and elsewhere. He has published abstracts in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

    Dr. Ahearn has earned honors for his research and scholarship. He has received research funding from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
    Among his honors, Dr. Ahearn was on the kidney transplant team that earned the Stanford Health Care Integrated Strategic Plan Star Award. The team was recognized for delivering excellence in patient care as well as for identifying opportunities to improve care.

    He is a member of the American Society of Nephrology and American Society of Transplantation.

    He has volunteered his time and expertise as a board member of the Village of Hope, a transitional housing program for homeless men, women, and children in Orange County, California. Dr. Ahearn has served as a volunteer and proctor at the free clinic providing medical services to the uninsured.

  • Shuchi Anand

    Shuchi Anand

    Assistant Professor of Medicine (Nephrology)

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsManagement of CKD and ESRD in low-resource settings
    Tubulointerstitial disease
    Chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology
    ESRD and physical activity
    ESRD and vitamin D deficiency

  • Vivek Bhalla, MD

    Vivek Bhalla, MD

    Associate Professor of Medicine (Nephrology)

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsDr. Bhalla's two primary research interests are in the role of the kidney in diabetes and hypertension. We use molecular, biochemical, and transgenic approaches to study: (1) mechanisms diabetic kidney disease disease including the role of the endothelium to regulate inflammation and kidney injury; and (2) regulation of tubular transport of glucose, sodium, and potassium. These latter studies have treatment implications in diabetes, kidney disease, and hypertension.

  • Tara I. Chang

    Tara I. Chang

    Associate Professor of Medicine (Nephrology)

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy research focuses on issues such as blood pressure control, coronary revascularization, and the comparative effectiveness of cardioprotective medications in patients with chronic kidney disease, with the long-term goal of improving cardiovascular outcomes in these high-risk patients.

  • Xingxing Shelley Cheng

    Xingxing Shelley Cheng

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Nephrology

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsDr. Xingxing Cheng's expertise is in applying the tools of decision science to clinical practice and policy analysis. Her current research is in the following areas:
    1) the costs, effectiveness, and implementation of work-up before kidney transplantation, including pretransplant cardiovascular screening;
    2) ethics of and decision-making in in multi-organ transplantation.