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NCIRE-The Veterans Health Research Institute is the leading private nonprofit institute devoted to Veterans health research in the United States. Our mission is to advance Veterans health through research.

We support the work of some of the nation's foremost physicians and scientists at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the premier biomedical research facility in the VA system. All have faculty appointments at the University of California, San Francisco, which has its own proud traditions of research and patient care. We also partner with the U.S. Department of Defense to support health research on behalf of our men and women in the Armed Forces.

Those who have served in uniform have given their best for their country. In return, we believe that they deserve nothing less than the best health care research we can provide.

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Carmen A. Peralta, MD, MAS

Staff Physician, SFVAHCS
Nephrologist at the UCSF Nephrology and Hypertension Faculty Practice and Associate Professor of Medicine, UCSF

Early Detection of Kidney Disease and Understanding Mechanisms for Progression

Dr. Peralta was born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia and emigrated to the U.S. at 17.  She received her undergraduate degree from Rice University and went on to medical school at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and was an internal medicine resident at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Peralta completed advanced training in epidemiology, biostatistics and a subspecialty in nephrology at UCSF.

Dr. Peralta is known for her work in identifying those at risk of developing end-stage renal disease, a condition disproportionately affecting African Americans and Hispanics. She is passionate about reducing race/ethnic disparities in kidney disease. Her work also focuses on understanding the biology of hypertension in high risk groups.  Dr. Peralta has authored or coauthored more than 80 published scientific manuscripts. She has been recognized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as one of the most promising Young Leaders in the United States working to improve the health. Her  work is funded by the National Institutes of Health, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Campini Foundation.

To see Dr. Peralta on Pub Med, click here.