Ling-Xin Chen, M.D., M.S.

Ling-Xin Chen, M.D., M.S.


Internal Medicine

Transplant Nephrology


Internal Medicine


  • Assistant Professor


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UC Davis Medical Center

2221 Stockton Blvd., Suite B
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Additional Phone Numbers

Clinic Phone: 916-734-2111
Clinic Fax: 916-734-2300
Clinic Referral Phone: 916-764-2300
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Chen believes that patients can be empowered partners in their care once they are provided the tools and knowledge by their physicians. She believes that patients' personal lifestyle choices can change their health and is dedicated to educating and engaging patients in pursuing healthy lifestyle choices.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Chen is a transplant nephrologist who cares for adults who have received kidney transplants. She also evaluates patients with end stage kidney disease for transplant candidacy and potential living kidney donors for donor candidacy. She has special interest in the lifestyle factors that contribute to transplant candidacy and post-transplant success, including nutrition and exercise interventions and assessments.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Chen is dedicated to developing a wide array of clinical trial options for patients at UC Davis and has helped to build an active and diverse portfolio of clinical trials, including studies of immunosuppression, transplant diagnostics, and post-transplant therapeutics. Her research interest focuses on the development of lifestyle interventions for transplant success, both for transplant candidates and transplant recipients. She is also interested in the identification of risk factors for chronic disease in potential living kidney donors.


Transplant Nephrology

Center/Program Affiliation

Transplant Center


M.D., University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore MD 2009

M.S., University of Chicago, Chicago IL 2016

B.S., University of Maryland, College Park MD 2005

Internship: Internal Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago IL 2009-2010


Internal Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago IL 2010-2012


Nephrology, University of Chicago, Chicago IL 2013-2015

Transplant Nephrology, University of Chicago, Chicago IL 2015-2016

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine,

American Board of Internal Medicine, Nephrology,

Professional Memberships

Alpha Omega Alpha

American College of Lifestyle Medicine

American Society of Nephrology

American Society of Transplantation

International Society of Nephrology

International Society of Renal Nutrition and Metabolism

National Kidney Foundation

The Transplantation Society

Select Recent Publications

Gao G, Chen LX, Brown IE, De Mattos A, Perez RV, Jen KY. Donor Characteristics, recipient outcomes, and histologic findings of kidney allografts with diffuse donor-derived glomerular fibrin thrombi. Transplantation. 2019 Sep;103(9):1921-1927.

Chen LX, Francalacci LC, Bang H, De Mattos A, Perez RV, Jen KY. Histopathologic Findings on Implantation Renal Allograft Biopsies Correlate With Kidney Donor Profile Index and 30-Day Serum Creatinine. Transplantation Proceedings. 2019 Apr; 51(3):639–646.

Chen LX, De Mattos A, Bang H, Vu CT, Gandhi M, Alnimri M, Gallay B, Fananapazir G. Angioplasty Versus Stent in the Treatment of Transplant Renal Artery Stenosis. Clinical Transplantation. 2018 Apr;32(4):e13217. doi:10.1111/ctr.13217.

Chen LX, Josephson MA, Hedeker D, Campbell KH, Stanku N, Saunders MR. A Clinical Prediction Score to Guide Referral of Elderly Dialysis Patients for Kidney Transplant Evaluation. Kidney International Reports. 2017 Jul;2(3):645-653. Published online 2017 Mar 4. doi:10.1016/j.ekir.2017.02.014.

Chen L, Koyner J. Biomarkers in Acute Kidney Injury. Critical Care Clinics. 2015;31(4):633-648.

Udani S, Chen L, Daley M, Lat I, Koyner J. Compliance with Antibiotic Dosing Guidelines in Critically Ill Patients Receiving Renal Replacement Therapy. Journal of Pharmacy Technology. 2013;29(4):161-169.

Wales SQ, Laing JM, Chen L, Aurelian L. ICP10PK inhibits calpain-­?dependent release of apoptosis inducing factor and programmed cell death in response to the toxin 1C methylC 4C phenylpyridinium. Gene Therapy. 2008;15(20):1397-1409.