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Dr. Rim ElChaki is a pediatric nephrologist who cares for patients with conditions that involve or affect the kidneys, including high blood pressure, hematuria (blood in urine), proteinuria (excess protein in urine), kidney stones, and birth defects of the kidneys or urinary tract. She manages hospitalized patients on dialysis, whether for acute or chronic kidney problems, and cares for kidney transplant patients, a part of her work that she finds especially rewarding when she can smooth the post-transplant recovery and improve her patients’ quality of life. She is especially interested in preventing progression of chronic kidney disease. Her care philosophy focuses on treating patients as individuals and using safe, proven treatments. She seeks to ensure her patients and their families understand their care plans completely and works to foster strong patient-doctor relationships.

In research, ElChaki has studied how Envarsus (an extended-release form of the immunosuppressant tacrolimus) improves compliance (using the medication as directed) and quality of life in adolescents undergoing kidney transplantation. She also has studied chronic kidney disease in liver transplant patients, looking at risk factors and incidence.

ElChaki earned her medical degree at Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar. She completed a residence in pediatrics at Oishei Children's Hospital and a fellowship in pediatric nephrology at UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital.

Outside of work, ElChaki enjoys spending time with her husband and son, as well as hiking, exercising, reading and traveling.

  • Education

    Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar, MD, 2015

  • Residencies

    Oishei Children's Hospital, Pediatrics, 2018

  • Fellowships

    UCLA, Pediatric Nephrology, 2021

Where I see patients (2)

    Smell the roses

    Wander outside into our Butterfly Garden in Oakland and our healing gardens at Mission Bay.