Division of Nephrology-Hypertension

Ravindra L. Mehta, M.D.

Professor of Clinical Medicine
Director, CREST and MAS in Clinical Research Programs
Curriculum Vitae

Phone : (619)543-7310
E-mail : rmehta@ucsd.edu
Location : 4185 Front
Room: 10
Mail Code : 8342
Mailing Address : 200 West Arbor Drive #8342
San Diego, CA 92103-8342
Fax : (619)543-7420

Research Interests

Dr. Mehta is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology and Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) where he directs the Clinical nephrology and Dialysis programs. He also serves as the Director of the UCSD Masters in Clinical Research training program that is supported through the NIH K30 mechanism. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of acute renal failure and has directed several clinical studies in the management of patients with kidney disease including comparing different dialytic modalities in the treatment of acute kidney injury (AKI) conducting large multicenter observational studies of AKI with the PICARD group, evaluating different predictive models for outcomes in AKI, investigating the role of cytokine removal by dialysis membranes in sepsis and AKI, and evaluating techniques for determining the amount of excess fluid in dialysis patients. In addition to his clinical and research activities, he has worked with the American Society of Nephrology, National Kidney Foundation, Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the International Society of Nephrology in developing courses for fellows and practicing physicians in clinical nephrology and dialysis techniques. He chairs the annual International Conference on CRRT that is now in its 13th year. He is also the Chair of the International Society of Nephrology Commission on Acute Kidney Injury, founding member of the Acute Dialysis Quality Initiative and the Acute Kidney Injury network (AKIN) . He is an author or coauthor of several scientific articles, papers and book chapters. He is actively involved in resident and scholar teaching and has won the house staff teaching award on four occasions. In 2003 he was awarded School of Medicine Faculty teaching award. Over the course of his academic career, he has trained over 40 post-doctoral fellows in nephrology, of whom 12 have carried out their research projects with him. He received the M.B.B.S. degree (1976) from the Government Medical School in Amritsar, India, and the M.D. (1979) and D.M. Nephrology (1981) degrees from the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India. He subsequently completed a nephrology fellowship at the University of Rochester in Rochester New York and obtained his boards in internal medicine (1986) and Nephrology (1988). He has been on the faculty at San Diego since 1988.

Clinical Interests

Clinical nephrology and dialysis programs.

Selected Publications

Mehta RL. Urine IL-18 levels as a predictor of acute kidney injury in intensive care patients. Nat Clin Pract Nephrol 2006 May;2(5):252-253

Chertow GM, Soroko SH, Paganini EP, Cho KC, Himmelfarb J, Ikizler TA, Mehta RL. Mortality after acute renal failure: models for prognostic stratification & risk adjustment. Kidney Int 2006 Sep;70(6):1120-1126

Agarwal R, Chertow GM, Mehta RL. Strategies for Successful Patient Oriented Research: Why Did I (not) Get Funded? Clin J Am Soc Nephrol Mar 2006;1:340-343

Liu KD, Himmelfarb J, Paganini E, Ikizler TA, Soroko SH, Mehta RL , Chertow GM. Timing of Inititation of Dialysis in Critically Ill Patients with Acute Kidney Injury. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol Sep 2006;1:915-919

Cho KC, Himmelfarb J, Paganini E, Ikizler TA, Soroko SH, Mehta RL, Chertow GM. Survival by Dialysis Modality in Critically Ill Patients with Acute Kidney Injury. J Am Soc Nephrol 2006 Oct 4