Richard Treger, MD
Program Director, LAMC

Medical School: USC School of Medicine
Residency Training: Olive View-UCLA Medical Center
Fellowship Training: Olive View- UCLA Medical Center
Clinical Interests: Acid-base physiology

Dean Kujubu, MD
Program Director Emeritus

Medical School: UCLA School of Medicine
Residency Training: Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Fellowship Training: UCLA Medical Center
Clinical Interests: Preventative health measures in CKD and ESRD, genetic diseases
Other: Walter Lusk Award; Internist of the Year Award

Antoine Abcar, MD
Chief of Nephrology

Medical School: Hahnemann School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Residency Training: Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, CA
Fellowship Training: Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, CA
Clinical Interests: Chronic kidney disease management
Other: Nephrology Health Connect Champion, LAMC Health Connect Co-champion; LAMC Internist of the Year Award

Natasha Tilluckdharry, MD
Assistant Chief of Nephrology

Medical School: St. George’s University, Grenada, WI
Residency Training: St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Paterson, NJ
Fellowship Training: Kaiser Permanente LAMC
Clinical Interests: CKD care, renal genetics, glomerulonephritis, apheresis

Marcelo Sampaio, MD
Associate Program Director

Medical School: Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ), Brazil
Residency Training: Rio de Janeiro State University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2001); Allegheny Health Network, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania (2017)
Fellowship Training: UCLA Medical Center, Nephrology (2019) and Renal Transplantation (2020)
Clinical Interests: Renal transplantation, chronic kidney disease, acute kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and outcomes research

Ryszard Dudek, MD, PhD

Medical School: Medical University of Nikolaja Kopernika, Crakow, Poland
Residency Training: San Fernando Valley-Olive View Medical Center, CA
Fellowship Training: San Fernando Valley-Olive View Medical Center, CA
Clinical Interests: Anemia management in CKD, Lupus nephritis, renal transplantation
Other: Medical Director, FMC-East Los Angeles and FMC-Mid-Wilshire Hemodialysis Units.

Aviv Hever, MD

Medical School: Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University
Residency Training: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Clinical Interests: Renal Pathology

Edmund Huang, M.D.

Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
Residency Training: UCLA Medical Center
Fellowship Training: UCLA Medical Center
Clinical Interests: Renal transplantation, clinical epidemiology and outcomes research

Stanley Jordan, MD
Medical Director, Renal Transplant Program, Cedars-Sinai

Medical School: University of North Carolina
Residency Training: UCLA Medical Center (Pediatrics)
Fellowship Training: UCLA Medical Center, Scripps Clinic, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Clinical Interests: renal transplantation, highly sensitized recipients

Joseph Kahwaji, MPH, MD

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
Residency Training: Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center
Fellowship Training: Kaiser Permanente LAMC and UCLA Medical Center
Clinical Interests: renal transplantation

Mateo Ledezma, MD

Medical School: UCLA School of Medicine
Residency Training: Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center
Fellowship Training: Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center
Clinical Interests: hypertension, health difference among ethnic groups
Other: SCKP Exceptional Physician Award

Roland L. Lee, MD
Regional Transplant Advisory Subgroup Lead

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency Training: USC Medical Center
Fellowship Training: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Clinical Interests: Renal transplantation
Other: Chair, LAMC Nephrology CME Committee

Armen Melik-Abramians, Pharm.D.

Medical School: USC School of Pharmacy , Los Angeles , CA
Clinical Interests: Anemia management in CKD, vitamin D and PTH management in ESRD.

Sam Meguerditchian, Pharm.D.

Medical School: USC School of Pharmacy , Los Angeles , CA
Clinical Interests: Anemia management in CKD, Lipid management in renal transplants

Rejad Najjar, MD
Cedars-Sinai

Medical School: Damascus University/Medical School Hospitals; Damascus, Syria
Residency Training: St. Joseph Mercy Hospital;Pontiac, MI
Fellowship Training: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Clinical Interests: renal transplantation

Miguel F. Palma-Diaz, MD

Medical School: University of Bosque; Bogota, Columbia
Residency Training: SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Fellowship Training: University of Washington; Seattle, WA
Clinical Interests: Renal Pathology

Chong-Young Parke, MD

Medical School: Dongguk University Medical College, South Korea
Residency Training: University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Fellowship Training: University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, Transplant Nephrology – UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Clinical Interests: transplant nephrology

Alice Peng, MD
Associate Program Director, Cedars-Sinai

Medical School: UCLA School of Medicine
Residency Training: UCLA Medical Center
Fellowship Training: UCLA Medical Center
Clinical Interests: renal transplantation

Supreet Sethi, MD

Medical School: Government Medical College, Chandigarh, India
Residency Training: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas
Fellowship Training: Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, Transplant Nephrology, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California
Clinical Interests: transplant nephrology

John Sim, MD

Medical School: Chicago Medical School
Residency Training: Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Fellowship Training: Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center
Clinical Interests: Hypertension, Glomerulonephropathy, CKD Epidemiology
Other: Chair, SCKP Research Committee; Chair, SCKP Research Award

George Vatakencherry, MD

Medical School: University of Miami
Residency Training: University of Chicago, Diagnostic Radiology
Fellowship Training: UC Los Angeles, Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
Clinical Interests: Interventional Oncology, Aortic Pathology, Renovascular Hypertension
Other: Program Director, Diagnostic Radiology