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Vinaya Rao

Professor of Medicine
Medicine, Nephrology

Selected Publications

Immunosuppression in kidney transplant recipients with COVID-19 infection - where do we stand and where are we heading?

Journal Article Ren Fail · December 2021 The appropriate immunosuppressive regimen in kidney transplant recipients with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19) infection remains unclear. The impact of direct virus injury complicated by dysregulated hyperimmune respon ... Full text Link to item Cite

Clinical Outcomes of Older Kidney Transplant Recipients.

Journal Article Am J Med Sci · August 2021 BACKGROUND: Older kidney transplant recipients (OKTR) are vulnerable to infections and AKI, often prompting hospitalization. This study elucidates etiology of hospitalizations, AKI, and outcomes in OKTR. METHODS: Retrospective study of 500 patients age ≥ 6 ... Full text Link to item Cite

Hypertension and obesity in living kidney donors

Journal Article World Journal of Transplantation · June 1, 2021 Over the past few decades, the shortage in the kidney donor pool as compared to the increasing number of candidates on the kidney transplant waitlist led to loosening of kidney donors’ acceptance criteria. Hypertension and obesity represent risk factors fo ... Full text Cite

Preliminary assessment of safety and adherence to a once-daily immunosuppression regimen in kidney transplantation: Results of a randomized controlled pilot study.

Journal Article Clin Transplant · April 2020 Medication non-adherence is common after transplant and a major contributor to graft loss. The objective of this pilot study was to obtain preliminary safety and adherence data of a complete once-daily immunosuppression regimen of Extended-release-tacrolim ... Full text Link to item Cite

Protocol-based nurse coordinator management of ambulatory tacrolimus dosing in de novo renal transplant recipients-A single-center experience with a large African American population.

Journal Article Clin Transplant · October 2019 INTRODUCTION: Transplant nurse (RN) coordinators review tacrolimus levels frequently and would be capable of making dose adjustments autonomously if not limited by their license. Collaborative practice agreements could be an answer; thus, the aim of this e ... Full text Link to item Cite

Development and future deployment of a 5 years allograft survival model for kidney transplantation.

Journal Article Nephrology (Carlton) · August 2019 AIM: Identifying kidney transplant patients at highest risk for graft loss prior to loss may allow for effective interventions to improve 5 years survival. METHODS: We performed a 10 years retrospective cohort study of adult kidney transplant recipients (n ... Full text Link to item Cite

Renal Function Variability: An Independent Risk Factor for Graft Loss and Death following Kidney Transplantation.

Journal Article Am J Nephrol · 2018 BACKGROUND: Several studies have been performed to evaluate surrogate markers of long-term allograft function in renal transplant recipients. These include serum creatinine, estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), slope of eGFR, and more recently eGFR ... Full text Link to item Cite

Multi-method approach to wellness predictive modeling

Journal Article Journal of Big Data · December 1, 2016 Patient wellness and preventative care are increasingly becoming a concern for many patients, employers, and healthcare professionals. The federal government has increased spending for wellness alongside new legislation which gives employers and insurance ... Full text Cite

Predictive modeling for organ transplantation outcomes

Conference Proceedings - IEEE 14th International Conference on Bioinformatics and Bioengineering, BIBE 2014 · February 5, 2014 The prevalence of end-stage renal disease in the U.S. Has grown significantly, and continues to do so. Organ transplantation generally has better overall patient outcomes than dialysis. But there is a significant shortage of kidneys. This shortage is exace ... Full text Cite

Predictive modeling for wellness and chronic conditions

Conference Proceedings - IEEE 14th International Conference on Bioinformatics and Bioengineering, BIBE 2014 · February 5, 2014 There is a significant increase in attention being paid to personal wellness as a preventative strategy in healthcare. At the same time, chronic diseases are the major cause of mortality, accounting for 7 out of 10 deaths in the United States. Healthcare c ... Full text Cite

Improved detection of hepatitis C virus infection by transcription-mediated amplification technology in dialysis population.

Journal Article Ren Fail · July 2010 BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection remains common among patients undergoing maintenance dialysis and plays an adverse effect on survival in this population. Accurate detection of HCV viremia (HCV RNA) in dialysis patients requires a sensitive an ... Full text Link to item Cite

Extended epoetin alfa dosing as maintenance treatment for the anemia of chronic kidney disease: the PROMPT study.

Journal Article Clin Nephrol · August 2005 AIM: To determine whether extended epoetin alfa dosing schedules of up to once every four weeks are as effective as weekly dosing in maintaining hemoglobin (Hb) levels in patients with anemia of chronic kidney disease (CKD). METHODS: This randomized, open- ... Full text Link to item Cite

Association of hepatitis C with posttransplant diabetes in renal transplant patients on tacrolimus.

Journal Article J Am Soc Nephrol · May 2002 Posttransplant diabetes mellitus (PTDM) remains a common complication of immunosuppression. Although multiple risk factors have been implicated, none have been clearly identified as predisposing to the increased PTDM frequency observed in patients on tacro ... Full text Link to item Cite