Ira Kurtz received his M.D. degree from the University of Toronto, Canada and  then completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine. He moved  to California in 1980 to accept a position as a Research Renal Fellow in the  Division of Nephrology, at UCSF in San Francisco. Following completion of his  Renal Fellowship in 1983, Dr. Kurtz then joined the Laboratory of Kidney and  Electrolyte Metabolism as a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Institutes  of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. In 1985, Dr. Kurtz joined the faculty of the  Renal Division at UCLA. 
Dr. Kurtz has served as Chief of the Division of Nephrology, and Nephrology  Fellowship Training Director since 1991. Dr. Kurtz is currently Professor of  Medicine in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Factor Chair in  Molecular Nephrology.
Dr. Kurtz is a world-renowned researcher with over 150 publications who has  made many major discoveries that have advanced our understanding of how  the kidney functions in health and disease.  Since 1985, Dr. Kurtz has also been  involved in teaching UCLA students and renal trainees in kidney disease. Many  of the kidney doctors in Los Angeles who now practice Nephrology were trained  by Dr. Kurtz.