Paul R. Brakeman


Pediatric nephrologist
Medical Director, Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program

Dr. Paul R. Brakeman is medical director of the UCSF Pediatric Kindney Transplant Program. He specializes in evaluating and treating pediatric dialysis patients and pediatric kidney transplant patients, as well as children with conditions including recurrent urinary tract infections, chronic kidney disease, nephrotic syndrome (marked by symptoms of kidney damage, such as too much protein in the urine) and obstructive nephropathy (a problem with urine flow that affects kidney function).

Brakeman's research is focused on the engineering of renal epithelial cells (the cells that line nephrons, the kidney's functional units) for a bioartificial kidney and also on developing three-dimensional culture systems to study kidney toxicology and injury in the lab.

Brakeman earned his medical degree and doctorate through a combined program at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. At UCSF, he completed a residency in pediatrics, serving as chief resident, followed by a fellowship in pediatric nephrology.

  • Education

    Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, MD, 1997

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Pediatrics, 2001

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Pediatric Nephrology, 2004

  • Board Certifications

    Pediatric Nephrology, American Board of Pediatrics

    Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics

  • Languages


Clinics I work with



Pediatric Dialysis Unit

Pediatric Dialysis Unit

1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158


Pediatric Hypertension Program

Pediatric Hypertension Program

1825 Fourth St., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158

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Kidney Clinic

Kidney Clinic

San Francisco / Oakland / Modesto / Pleasanton / Salinas / San Ramon / S...

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Kidney Transplant Program

Kidney Transplant Program

San Francisco / Fresno / Modesto / Monterey / Santa Rosa


Lupus Program

Lupus Program

1825 Fourth St., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158

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