Rulan S. Parekh, M.D., M.S.
Dr. Parekh is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the University of Toronto, and based at The Hospital for Sick Children and University Health Network. She has two primary areas of focus including risk factors for progression to chronic kidney disease and sequelae of chronic kidney disease and end stage renal disease. Her research program includes a multidisciplinary team to study increased risk of cardiovascular disease, in particular sudden death, among dialysis patients using novel cardiac imaging and ECG techniques. In addition, Dr. Parekh studies risk factors contributing to progression of kidney disease. Her group has recently published a seminal paper on the association of a new gene, MYH9, with nondiabetic end stage renal disease among African Americans. This novel genetic finding has the potential for screening high-risk individuals for kidney disease and also understanding potentially common pathways leading to kidney failure.
Dr. Parekh is a member of the American Kidney Fund (AKF) Board of Trustees and a former AKF Amgen Clinical Scholar. She currently serves as Chair of the Clinical Scientist in Nephrology Committee and is a member of the Medical Advisory Committee.