Faculty ProfilesElaine Ku, MD
533 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94117
College: University of California Los Angeles, BS
Medical School: University of California San Diego, MD
Medicine-Pediatrics Residency: University of Southern California
Adult and Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship: University of California San Francisco
Other Graduate Training: University of California San Francisco, MAS
Dr. Ku's research focuses primarily on hypertension and its long-term sequelae in populations at high cardiovascular risk (chronic kidney disease and diabetes). In addition, Dr. Ku is also interested in understanding the optimal approach to the care of young patients with pediatric-onset chronic kidney disease as they transition into adulthood.
Cardiovascular risk factors in chronic kidney disease, Hypertension, Transitional careAwards and Honors
National Kidney Foundation, Satellite Dialysis Clinical Investigator Grant, 2016-2017
American Kidney Fund, Clinical Scientist in Nephrology Award, 2013-2014
|Project Title||Project Number||Fiscal Year|
|Blood pressure trends, outcomes, and interventions in adolescents and young adults at increased cardiovascular risk||K23HL131023||2021|
|Role of pre-ESRD blood pressure management on post-ESRD outcomes||F32DK098871||2016|
Ku E, Lipkowitz MS, Appel LJ, Parsa A, Gassman J, Glidden DV, Smogorzewski M, Hsu CY. Strict blood pressure control associates with decreased mortality risk by APOL1 genotype. Kidney Int. 2016 Dec 04.
Ku E, Gassman J, Appel LJ, Smogorzewski M, Sarnak MJ, Glidden DV, Bakris G, Gutiérrez OM, Hebert LA, Ix JH, Lea J, Lipkowitz MS, Norris K, Ploth D, Pogue VA, Rostand SG, Siew ED, Sika M, Tisher CC, Toto R, Wright JT, Wyatt C, Hsu CY. BP Control and Long-Term Risk of ESRD and Mortality. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2016 Aug 11.
Ku E, Xie D, Shlipak M, Hyre Anderson A, Chen J, Go AS, He J, Horwitz EJ, Rahman M, Ricardo AC, Sondheimer JH, Townsend RR, Hsu CY. Change in Measured GFR Versus eGFR and CKD Outcomes. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2016 Jul; 27(7):2196-204.
Ku E, Johansen KL, Portale AA, Grimes B, Hsu CY. State level variations in nephrology workforce and timing and incidence of dialysis in the United States among children and adults: a retrospective cohort study. BMC Nephrol. 2015; 16:2.
Ku E, Glidden DV, Johansen KL, Sarnak M, Tighiouart H, Grimes B, Hsu CY. Association between strict blood pressure control during chronic kidney disease and lower mortality after onset of end-stage renal disease. Kidney Int. 2015 May; 87(5):1055-60.
Ku E, Thomas M, Ho CH, Whipple NS, Abdul-Rahman O, Megason GC, Herrington BL, Carmody JB, Charlton JR. Index of suspicion. Case 1: fever, diarrhea, jaundice, and confusion in an 18-year-old male. Case 2: severe anemia in a 6-month-old girl. Case 3: red urine in a 4-month-old boy. Pediatr Rev. 2014 Mar; 35(3):129-35.