The NephU Community is proud to honor Dr Pranav Garimella as our latest NephHero!


Thank you, Dr Garimella, for your support of and contributions to the NephU Community. We appreciate all you do every day to help patients with kidney disease and their loved ones.

Nephrology seemed to be the perfect blend of all that attracted to me to internal medicine; complex patients in a diverse setting including the ICU, inpatient wards, outpatient clinic, dialysis and even those with transplants.  Coupled with research and quality improvement opportunities in each of these areas, have made my journey in nephrology very rewarding.”

Pranav Garimella, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Nephrology at UC San Diego; Founding Director PKD Center of Excellence at UC San Diego

Pranav Garimella, MBBS, MPH, is a board-certified nephrologist who provides care for a wide range of kidney diseases, including chronic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, hypertension, and acute kidney injury. He has a special interest in polycystic kidney and serves as the Founding Director of the PKD Center of Excellence at UC San Diego.

A trained epidemiologist, Dr. Garimella’s research focuses on understanding novel biomarkers of kidney function and how that information can be used to determine risk of kidney function decline, cardiovascular disease, bone health, and mortality. He is also interested in developing better methods to diagnose peripheral artery disease in persons with chronic kidney disease and those on dialysis. Dr. Garimella has authored over 100 peer reviewed publications and his work has been featured in numerous peer-reviewed medical journals, including Annals of Internal Medicine, Kidney International, and the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. He has also authored several book chapters. He serves on the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed journals including Kidney Medicine and BMC Nephrology and was awarded a Top Reviewer Honor from the  Annals of Internal Medicine.  Dr. Garimella’s research has been funded by the NIH, the VA and UC San Diego.

Dr. Garimella has won many awards and honors over the years, including the Ben. J. Lipps Fellowship Award from the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), a top Oral Abstract by Trainee at the ASN Kidney Week and was also the recipient of the Inaugural UC San Diego Health Medical Staff Physician Professionalism Award in 2022. He is a valued educator and was twice the recipient of the Most Valuable Professor Award from graduating nephrology fellows at UC San Diego.

Dr. Garimella is a member of several professional medical societies, including the American Society of Nephrology, and the American Heart Association. He was elected a fellow of the American Society of Nephrology (FASN) in 2016.

Dr Pranav Garimella is a paid consultant to Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.

Education & Training

  • 2016 Tufts Medical Center – Clinical Research Fellowship – Nephrology
  • 2012 John H. Stronger Jr Hospital of Cook County – Internal Medicine Residency
  • 2009 University of Minnesota – School of Public Health – MPH/Epidemiology
  • 2007 – Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research MBBS

Honors & Recognition

  • Ben J. Lipps Fellowship Award – American Society of Nephrology
  • Top Oral Abstract by Trainee – ASN Kidney Week
  • Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology (FASN) in 2016
  • UC San Diego Medical Staff Physician Professionalism Award 2022

NephU Webinars and Podcasts Featuring Dr Garimella

On-Demand Webinar – Assessing Pain & Its Impact In Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD): The ADPKD Pain & Discomfort Scale (ADPKD-PDS)

Watch this webinar to learn more about the impact of pain in patients with ADPKD and how the new ADPKD-PDS …

Biomarkers In Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD) – Can We Identify Those At Risk For Progression

Learn about different types of biomarkers and how they can be utilized to understand ADPKD progression in this on-demand webinar.

Voices From The Community: Considerations For Pregnancy In Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD)

Expert speakers will discuss pre-pregnancy planning, management of ADPKD during pregnancy, risk of maternal & fetal complications, and the impact …

Hot Topics In Nephrology Episode 44: What’s New In ADPKD? – Aneurysms

n this episode, Dr Garimella takes a deep dive into aneurysms, where he explores ADPKD-associated intracranial aneurysms (IAs) and the …

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