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Osun Kwon, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
IRD 2020 Zonal Ave, IRD-806 Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles


Dr. Kwon's areas of research interest are tubular and vascular pathogenesis of ischemic acute kidney injury and repair, mechanism of reduction in renal solute clearance in acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease, and bio markers of acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease.

Dr. Kwon earned her medical degree from Kyung-Hee University College of Medicine. She then went on to complete her PhD in Medicine/Pharmacokinetics, followed by a Nephrology Fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine.


Kyung-Hee University College of Medicine: The Best Alumnus 2006, 2007

Kyung-Hee University College of Medicine: Summa Cum Laude, 1981


Uemura T, Ramprasad V, Matsushima K, Shike H, Valania T, Kwon O, Ghahramani N, Shah R, Farooq U, Khan A, Kadry Z. Single dose of alemtuzumab induction with steroid-free maintenance immunosuppression in pancreas transplantation. Transplantation. 2011 Sep 27; 92(6):678-85. View in: PubMed

Kwon O, Miller S, Li N, Khan A, Kadry Z, Uemura T. Bone marrow-derived endothelial progenitor cells and endothelial cells may contribute to endothelial repair in the kidney immediately after ischemia-reperfusion. J Histochem Cytochem. 2010 Aug; 58(8):687-94. View in: PubMed

Kwon O, Ahn K, Zhang B, Lockwood T, Dhamija R, Anderson D, Saqib N. Simultaneous monitoring of multiple urinary cytokines may predict renal and patient outcome in ischemic AKI. Ren Fail. 2010 Jul; 32(6):699-708. View in: PubMed

Uemura T, Liang J, Khan A, Kwon O, Ghahramani N, Wang L, Hollenbeak CS, Reeves BW, Kadry Z. Outcomes of transplantation of single pediatric renal allografts equal to or more than 6 cm in length. Transplantation. 2010 Mar 27; 89(6):710-3. View in: PubMed

Kwon O, Hong SM, Ramesh G. Diminished NO generation by injured endothelium and loss of macula densa nNOS may contribute to sustained acute kidney injury after ischemia-reperfusion. Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2009 Jan; 296(1):F25-33. View in: PubMed

Kwon O, Wang WW, Miller S. Renal organic anion transporter 1 is maldistributed and diminishes in proximal tubule cells but increases in vasculature after ischemia and reperfusion. Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2008 Dec; 295(6):F1807-16. View in: PubMed

Kwon O, Hong SM, Sutton TA, Temm CJ. Preservation of peritubular capillary endothelial integrity and increasing pericytes may be critical to recovery from postischemic acute kidney injury. Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2008 Aug; 295(2):F351-9. View in: PubMed

Reeves WB, Kwon O, Ramesh G. Netrin-1 and kidney injury. II. Netrin-1 is an early biomarker of acute kidney injury. Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2008 Apr; 294(4):F731-8. View in: PubMed

Kwon O, Hong SM, Blouch K. Alteration in renal organic anion transporter 1 after ischemia/reperfusion in cadaveric renal allografts. J Histochem Cytochem. 2007 Jun; 55(6):575-84. View in: PubMed

Kalantar-Zadeh K, Braglia A, Chow J, Kwon O, Kuwae N, Colman S, Cockram DB, Kopple JD. An anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nutritional supplement for hypoalbuminemic hemodialysis patients: a pilot/feasibility study. J Ren Nutr. 2005 Jul; 15(3):318-31. View in: PubMed

Kwon O, Molitoris BA, Pescovitz M, Kelly KJ. Urinary actin, interleukin-6, and interleukin-8 may predict sustained ARF after ischemic injury in renal allografts. Am J Kidney Dis. 2003 May; 41(5):1074-87. View in: PubMed

Kwon O, Phillips CL, Molitoris BA. Ischemia induces alterations in actin filaments in renal vascular smooth muscle cells. Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2002 Jun; 282(6):F1012-9. View in: PubMed

Govani MV, Kwon O, Batiuk TD, Milgrom ML, Filo RS. Creatinine reduction ratio and 24-hour creatinine excretion on posttransplant day two: simple and objective tools to define graft function. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2002 Jun; 13(6):1645-9. View in: PubMed

Jani A, Polhemus C, Corrigan G, Kwon O, Myers BD, Pavlakis M. Determinants of hypofiltration during acute renal allograft rejection. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2002 Mar; 13(3):773-8. View in: PubMed

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