UCI Health nephrologists recognized for excellence, commitment to improving kidney health

October 14, 2021

UCI Health nephrologists Dr. Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh and Dr. Ekamol Tantisattamo were recently recognized as Heroes in Nephrology by the George Lopez Foundation.

Lopez, a comedian and actor, received a kidney transplant in 2005 and has dedicated his foundation to increasing community awareness about kidney disease and organ donation. 

Kalantar-Zadeh, chief of the Division of Nephrology, Hypertension, and Kidney Transplantation in the UCI School of Medicine, recently published a paper in The Lancet that provides a seminar on chronic kidney disease and addresses kidney function-preserving lifestyle, dietary and pharmacological strategies.

By 2040, it is estimated that chronic kidney disease will become the fifth leading cause of death globally.
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Under Tantisattamo’s leadership, UCI Medical Center received the American Heart Association’s Comprehensive Hypertension Center Certification in July. The medical center is one of only three healthcare facilities in California to have earned this designation.
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