nephrology faculty

The Division of Pediatric Nephrology is active in patient care, research and education.

Clinically, the division is the only service in San Diego and Imperial County that provides comprehensive care to children with kidney diseases, including acute and chronic dialysis and renal transplantation. The new clinical facilities and arrival of outstanding clinical faculty have energized and revitalized the clinical practice.  In 2011, we were recognized as the top 29th program in Pediatric Nephrology in the U.S. News and World Report.


Division Chief

Robert Mak, M.D., Ph.D.

Robert H Mak MD PhD is Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Program at the University of California, San Diego and Chief of the Division of Nephrology at Rady Children’s Hospital of San Diego. He was the co-founder and past president of the Western Society of Pediatric Nephrology. He is on the Editorial Board of Nature Reviews Nephrology and World Journal of Pediatrics. He has served as Education Editor of Pediatric Nephrology, Consulting Editor of Pediatric Research and as member of the editorial board of the Clinical Journal of American Society of Nephrology. He was a Councilor of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association and chairman of their education committee. His research interests include molecular pathophysiology for cachexia, bone disease and cardiovascular disease in chronic kidney disease as well as biomarker discovery for kidney disease progression. He is the chairman of the upcoming 9th International Pediatric Nephrology Association Symposium on “Growth and Nutrition in children with chronic kidney disease” in San Diego in 2012.


The laboratory of Dr. Robert Mak is focused on the neuroendocrinology of cachexia and osteodystrophy of chronic kidney diseases, as well as biomarker discovery for non-invasive novel diagnostic tests for vesicoureteral reflux.


The Division has five major goals for the current academic year:

Enhance the research profile of the Division both in terms of publications in high impact journals, as well as research funding from the NIH and national foundations.

Update the fellowship program curriculum in terms of clinical and research training.

Streamline the outpatient clinics at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. We aim to reduce the wait-time for new referrals and enhance patient/parent satisfaction.

Review and streamline clinical protocol for the Renal Transplant Program.