Division of Nephrology Faculty



Sharon G. Adler, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Chief and Program Director,
Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
Email: sadler@labiomed.org

Dr. Adler’s work involves both clinical and basic science research, with an emphasis on the pathophysiology of diabetic nephropathy and glomerular disease. This has included work in the genetics of diabetic nephropathy, and the identification of kidney disease biomarkers and glomerular disease pathophysiology. Her affiliation with NEPTUNE has afforded her the opportunity to contribute to the accumulating evidence-based approach to understanding the pathogenesis of glomerular diseases, with the ultimate goal of re-classifying them according to pathophysiology, and treating them based on specific knowledge of pathogenesis and progression. Her affiliation with NEPTUNE and CureGN enhances her capacity to contribute to new knowledge about the pathophysiology, natural history, and treatment of FSGS, IgA nephropathy, minimal change, and membranous nephropathy. She has also worked with Dr. Dai in the lead on a similar approach to the pathogenesis of peritoneal dialysis membrane change. Dr. Adler has been a mentor to a number of successful academicians.



Joel D. Kopple, M.D.
Professor of Medicine and Public Health
Email: jkopple@labiomed.org



Lilly Barba, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Medical Director, Renal Transplant Program
Email: lbarba@ucla.edu



Li-Li Tong, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Medical Director, Davita Harbor-UCLA Long Beach Dialysis Unit
Email: ltong@labiomed.org

Dr. Tong is Associate Professor of Medicine at UCLA, and Medical Director of Davita Harbor-UCLA Long Beach Dialysis Unit. She earned her medical degree from the University of California at Irvine, and completed her Internal Medicine residency and Nephrology fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She joined the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in 2006 and has been actively involved in teaching medical students, residents, and fellows. Dr. Tong has co-authored a chapter on the prevention and treatment of diabetic nephropathy in Comprehensive Clinical Nephrology. She is the Divisional Webmaster, and manages the Division of Nephrology website content.



Ramanath Dukkipati, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director, Interventional Nephrology
Email: rdukkipati@labiomed.org
Curriculum Vitae



Anuja Shah, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Email: ashah@labiomed.org


Tiane Dai, M.D., PhD.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Email: tdai@labiomed.org



Jenny Shen, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Email: jshen@labiomed.org

Dr. Shen is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCLA. She received her M.D. from Columbia University, completed her internal medicine training at UCLA, and completed her nephrology fellowship and earned a Master’s degree in Epidemiology from Stanford University. Dr. Shen’s research focuses on assessing and improving the outcomes of patients on chronic dialysis, with a particular emphasis on health disparities and medication safety and effectiveness. Her expertise is in analyzing administrative databases (“big data”) using advanced statistical methods that minimize the bias and confounding common in observational studies. She also has an interest in qualitative research, which uncovers patient’s beliefs and perspectives that could be influencing outcomes but that are not currently captured in existing databases.


Madeleine Pahl, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Clinical Faculty, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension


Zar Chan, M.D.
Clinical Faculty, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
Email: zchan@labiomed.org


Anne Ugalde, NP
Nurse Practitioner
Division of Nephrology and Hypertension

Anne Ugalde is a nurse practitioner who primarily supports the nephrology consult service as well as the outpatient clinics. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Advanced Practice Nurse – NP at UCLA School of Nursing and Bachelor’s degree at California State University, Long Beach. She is skilled in placing straight femoral hemodialysis catheter and marking peritoneal dialysis catheter prior to surgery.


Renal Pathologists

Cynthia Nast, M.D.
Professor of Pathology

Visiting Clinical Faculty

John H. Crabtree, M.D.

Warren Davidson, M.D.

Michael Shwayder, M.D.

Richard Sires, M.D.

Karen Zoller, M.D.

Chantal Le-Pham, M.D.

Pediatric Nephrology

Gangadarshni Chandramohan, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Pediatric Nephrology
Tel: (310) 222- 2321

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