Our mission is to improve healthcare delivery by implementing our CORE values of Clinical excellence, Outreach, Research, and Education. Our focus is on integrative medicine, with emphasis on prevention and education, so patients can become their own best advocates.
We are implementing our CORE values through the following:
Clinical Excellence. Our goal is to provide comprehensive care to our patient population through clinical programs that focus on specific disease states. We have already started programs for Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), Home Dialysis, Living Donor, Fabry’s Disease, Hypertension, Diabetic Kidney Disease, as well as clinics for UTI and Hypertension and they are very successful. The aim of these programs is for a multidisciplinary team to work together and to breakdown the silos in present day healthcare system through integrative care. We plan to start many more in the upcoming year.
Outreach. The 2015 and 2017 Kidney Fair, 2016 PKD Walk in Las Vegas, Annual PKD Walks in Los Angeles, October 2015 Kidney Event, October 2016 Mars Vista Spanish Kidney Event, 2017 Donate Life Event, and 2017 Sketchers Performance Los Angeles Marathon Health & Fitness Expo were hosted for the general public, patients, and their families and friends. These outreach events increase patient involvement, as well as prevention through raising awareness in the general public on kidney disease. Our office has participated in many more events, and plan to continue hosting events in the upcoming year. Besides patients, there was heavy involvement by community nephrologists and healthcare providers.
Research. We are advancing our current understanding of various disease states through research in both the basic, clinical and translational sciences. We have multiple ongoing trials that address dialysis, diabetes, anemia, Fabry’s Disease, PKD, and hypertension.
Education. Free monthly events such as UCLA Kidney Education Enhancement Program (UKEEP) are hosted for patients and their family and friends to learn about kidney disease holistically. The goal of these education and outreach programs is to make patients and their loved ones a part of the decision making team.
The Bruin Beans Health Club (BBHC) is run by undergraduates that aim to foster future leaders in healthcare through mentorship opportunities, volunteering, and workshops. Working with a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, BBHC is able to communicate and bridge the gap of misinformation surrounding kidney health to the general public, and to patients with kidney disease.
Our ultimate goal is to set up a Kidney Center at UCLA under my leadership and the CORE Kidney Team, where we can provide comprehensive care to our kidney patients and their entire families, starting from pre-diagnosis to transplant. The Kidney Center will embody all of the values that the CORE Kidney Program stands for and the mission of UCLA Health: healing humankind one patient at a time.
Please do visit our website to find more information regarding our program https://www.uclahealth.org/core-kidney/.
Once again, we want to thank you on behalf of all our patients and their loved ones for thinking about us.
With sincere gratitude,
Anjay Rastogi MD, Ph.D