Cynthia Delgado, MD


VA Medicine Home, Nephrology

My emerging research program is at a crossroads of chronic kidney disease, quality of life and outcomes related research. CKD is a major public health issue and its prevalence is expected to grow at an alarming rate in the United States. Frailty has been shown to be more common among individuals with CKD than among those with normal kidney function. There are no current therapies that adequately address frailty in CKD, resulting in a major burden of morbidity, mortality and cost. I hope to create a body of work that will lay the foundation for addressing these major outcomes.

Clinical Fellowship, - , University of California, San Francisco
Honors and Awards
  • Innovators Network Accelerator, Department of Veterans Affairs, 2016-2017
  • Career Development Award, Department of Veterans Affairs, 2012-2017
  1. Matsuzawa R, Suzuki Y, Yamamoto S, Harada M, Watanabe T, Shimoda T, Yoshida A, Delgado C, Tamaki A, Matsunaga A, Roshanravan B. Determinants of Health-Related Quality of Life and Physical Performance-Based Components of Frailty in Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis. 2020. PMID: 32981832

  2. Sheshadri A, Kittiskulnam P, Delgado C, Sudore R, Lai JC, Johansen KL. Association of motivations and barriers with participation and performance in a pedometer-based intervention. 2020. PMID: 32437568

  3. Delgado C. Frailty and CKD: Chicken or the Egg? 2019. PMID: 31628119

  4. Johansen KL, Delgado C, Kaysen GA, Chertow GM, Chiang J, Dalrymple LS, Segal MR, Grimes BA. Frailty among patients receiving hemodialysis: evolution of components and associations with mortality. 2018. PMID: 30192916

  5. Kaysen GA, Grimes B, Dalrymple LS, Chertow GM, Ishida JH, Delgado C, Segal M, Chiang J, Dwyer T, Johansen KL. Associations of lipoproteins with cardiovascular and infection-related outcomes in patients receiving hemodialysis. 2017. PMID: 29361496

  6. Delgado C, Chertow GM, Kaysen GA, Dalrymple LS, Kornak J, Grimes B, Johansen KL. Associations of Body Mass Index and Body Fat With Markers of Inflammation and Nutrition Among Patients Receiving Hemodialysis. 2017. PMID: 28870376

  7. Lee BJ, McCulloch CE, Grimes BA, Chandran S, Allen IE, Delgado C, Hsu CY. Refining the Policy for Timing of Kidney Transplant Waitlist Qualification. 2017. PMID: 28795146

  8. Johansen KL, Dalrymple LS, Delgado C, Chertow GM, Segal MR, Chiang J, Grimes B, Kaysen GA. Factors Associated with Frailty and Its Trajectory among Patients on Hemodialysis. Volume 12 of Issue 7. 2017. PMID: 28576906

  9. Kittiskulnam P, Chertow GM, Carrero JJ, Delgado C, Kaysen GA, Johansen KL. Sarcopenia and its individual criteria are associated, in part, with mortality among patients on hemodialysis. 2017. PMID: 28318630

  10. Kittiskulnam P, Carrero JJ, Chertow GM, Kaysen GA, Delgado C, Johansen KL. Sarcopenia among patients receiving hemodialysis: weighing the evidence. 2016. PMID: 27897415

  11. Johansen KL, Dalrymple LS, Glidden D, Delgado C, Kaysen GA, Grimes B, Chertow GM. Association of Performance-Based and Self-Reported Function-Based Definitions of Frailty with Mortality among Patients Receiving Hemodialysis. 2016. PMID: 26792529

  12. Delgado C, Grimes BA, Glidden DV, Shlipak M, Sarnak MJ, Johansen KL. Association of Frailty based on self-reported physical function with directly measured kidney function and mortality. 2015. PMID: 26645070

  13. Kittiskulnam P, Chertow GM, Kaysen GA, Delgado C, Dalrymple LS, Johansen KL. Misclassification of Obesity by Body Mass Index Among Patients Receiving Hemodialysis. 2015. PMID: 26612278

  14. Molfino A, Kaysen GA, Chertow GM, Doyle J, Delgado C, Dwyer T, Laviano A, Rossi Fanelli F, Johansen KL. Validating Appetite Assessment Tools Among Patients Receiving Hemodialysis. 2015. PMID: 26522141

  15. Delgado C, Shieh S, Grimes B, Chertow GM, Dalrymple LS, Kaysen GA, Kornak J, Johansen KL. Association of Self-Reported Frailty with Falls and Fractures among Patients New to Dialysis. 2015. PMID: 26381744

  16. Wanga S, Ceron CS, Delgado C, Joshi SK, Spaulding K, Walker JP, Song S, Olson JL, Lovett DH. Two Distinct Isoforms of Matrix Metalloproteinase-2 Are Associated with Human Delayed Kidney Graft Function. Volume 10 of Issue 9. 2015. PMID: 26379248

  17. Joshi SK, Lee L, Lovett DH, Kang H, Kim HT, Delgado C, Liu X. Novel intracellular N-terminal truncated matrix metalloproteinase-2 isoform in skeletal muscle ischemia-reperfusion injury. Volume 34 of Issue 3. 2015. PMID: 26213293

  18. Dalrymple LS, Mu Y, Romano PS, Nguyen DV, Chertow GM, Delgado C, Grimes B, Kaysen GA, Johansen KL. Outcomes of infection-related hospitalization in Medicare beneficiaries receiving in-center hemodialysis. 2015. PMID: 25641061

  19. Johansen KL, Dalrymple LS, Delgado C, Kaysen GA, Kornak J, Grimes B, Chertow GM. Comparison of self-report-based and physical performance-based frailty definitions among patients receiving maintenance hemodialysis. 2014. PMID: 24793033

  20. Delgado C, Ward P, Chertow GM, Storer L, Dalrymple L, Block T, Kaysen GA, Kornak J, Grimes B, Kutner NG, Johansen KL. Calibration of the brief food frequency questionnaire among patients on dialysis. 2014. PMID: 24613023

  21. Johansen KL, Dalrymple LS, Delgado C, Kaysen GA, Kornak J, Grimes B, Chertow GM. Association between body composition and frailty among prevalent hemodialysis patients: a US Renal Data System special study. 2013. PMID: 24158987

  22. Delgado C, Frassetto L. Hip fractures in hemodialysis patients. 2013. PMID: 24054940

  23. Johansen KL, Delgado C, Bao Y, Kurella Tamura M. Frailty and dialysis initiation. 2013. PMID: 24004376

  24. Delgado C, Doyle JW, Johansen KL. Association of frailty with body composition among patients on hemodialysis. 2013. PMID: 23648049

  25. Delgado C, Johansen KL. Barriers to exercise participation among dialysis patients. 2011. PMID: 21795245

  26. Delgado C, Johansen KL. Deficient counseling on physical activity among nephrologists. 2010. PMID: 20664289