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About Dr. Fisher

Dr. Fisher received his medical degree from SUNY in 1968 and did his nephrology fellowship at UCLA in 1972. He has been the Medical Director of Acute Dialysis at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital from 1984 to present. He has done 131 teaching lectures at this hospital including topics such as management of malignant hypertension, renal management of toxic shock syndrome, and NSAID drug-induced renal failure. Dr. Fisher was voted by the medical residents the outstanding teacher of the year on 1988. He is active in promoting well-being among renal patients and educating them on care options.

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Dr. Fisher’s career was shaped by two distinct events. While he was preparing for his practice, Dr. Fisher served as a Peace Corps physician serving in La Paz Bolivia from 1969 to 1971. In his own words:

“One of the key lessons I learned in Bolivia was how much we all have in common. People want to live healthy lives and they want the same for their loved ones. Most importantly, it was clear to me that having loved ones around during surgery or sickness was powerful medicine.”

In 2013, Dr. Fisher was diagnosed with lung cancer.

“I suddenly became a patient myself and came face-to-face with the idea that I was no longer a part of the “temporarily healthy.” Walking in the slippers of my patients allowed me to more fully understand the challenges they faced and the courage that they found to overcome them. I realized that I had been in the presence of heroes, my patients, and I was determined to get well and to write a book to tell their remarkable stories as way of honoring them. My hope is that such a book will inspire all who face major life challenges to find their own inner fiery spirit and to succeed in overcoming adversity.”

READERS SAY…

A doctor

Michael Fisher’s book is the work of a rare sort of specialist—a physician who treats not organs but human beings, who sees disease and health not in narrowly physiological terms but as manifestations of the mind/body unity long taught by ancient wisdom and eloquently...

A kidney advocate

From his own serious illness, Dr. Michael Fisher emerged an inspiring communicator whose passion for patient care far exceeds the norm. This book captures not only the hope, grit, and courage it takes to overcome kidney disease, but illuminates a path to prevention...

A psychiatrist

Michael Fisher’s deep insights into the suffering of his renal patients are a model for the empathic practice of medicine. His work is a major antidote to a one-sided technical approach to medicine, and a timely reminder of the importance of the human side of...

AN ABUNDANCE OF INFORMATION AND HOPE…

Immune response to stress and kidney health

Dr. Fisher’s chapter titled My Odyssey of Stress and How I Ended It describe his observations on how stress impacted him.  Dr. Harris’ Ted Talk has over a million views and provides research that supports this concept. CDC research correlates stressful events with...

Mom started yoga at 89…

By the way, because my mom has read and reread your glowing descriptions of how yoga has supported you through challenging times, she has taken up yoga at the age of 89!  I'm part of a teaching team that teaches accessible yoga to people with different abilities. It's...

Immune system research and clinical trials

Throughout this book I’ve summoned fifty years of medical experience to advance the notion that unabated stress alters our body functions and makes development of life-threatening, chronic disease more likely. I’ve drawn attention to the science of...

Silicon Isn’t Just for Computers. It Can Make a Good Kidney, Too

Layman's summary: Now, after more than 20 years of work, one team of doctors and researchers is close to offering patients an implantable artificial kidney, a bionic device that uses the same technology that makes the chips that power your laptop and smartphone....

Online Patient and Partner Support Opportunities

Social media provides many opportunities for patent and caregiver support. Here are some options: Dialysis and Kidney Disease Support Kidney Pancreas Transplant Support Dialysis Discussion Uncensored ESRD Transplant and Dialysis Kidney Support: Dialysis, Transplants,...

Introduction

If you are reading this, there is a good chance you, or a loved one, have been diagnosed with a kidney disease. Nearly 30 million Americans suffer from kidney ailments, yet a diagnosis can make you feel terribly alone, cut-off from the world and the life you knew...

Kidney Disease: A Primer

With rare exceptions, we’re all born with two kidneys.  They act as trash collectors, ridding the body of waste products and toxic substances left over from normal body processes like digestion and muscle activity. Most people know that already. But, kidneys do far...

Kidney Disease Overview

Nearly 30 million Americans suffer from some sort of progressive kidney disease today, and that number is expected to increase dramatically in the future.  Our aging population, along with the burgeoning rate of diabetes among all ages in America, are the primary...

Sarah’s Story

Not long ago, Sarah, a friend and patient of mine, called me from the Los Angeles Airport because she forgot a doctor’s note explaining why her dog, Big Ed, should be allowed to accompany her on a flight to Paris. I quickly wrote an email explaining that Sarah was a...