Why I do what I do

I am a nephrologist who has been a strong advocate of living kidney transplantation--from both related and non-related donors—since 1984. I began my career at UCLA where I finished my medical training in internal medicine and nephrology. Back then, we treated patients...

How to survive your partner’s kidney disease diagnosis

My friend Bonnie was aware that her husband had kidney disease when she married him, but he’d had the condition since childhood and was healthy and athletic so she didn’t really understand the implications of his condition. Her husband retained 50% kidney function,...

KZSB interview

Last week, I was interviewed by Neil Kreisel, host of AHA! Presents About Education on News-Press Radio KZSB 1290 AM. We had a wide-ranging conversation for nearly an hour about kidneys and kidney disease; obesity and diabetes (particularly among children); what it’s...

What it is like to donate a kidney

Most people are inspired to donate a kidney in order to save the life of a loved one. And some generous individuals aren’t a good match for their loved one, but donate anyway. Then, through a nationwide “kidney match” program, their kidney goes to a matching...

“The most rewarding thing I’ve ever done”

One kidney donor’s experience With skyrocketing rates of obesity and diabetes, we’re facing a future epidemic of people in need of long-term dialysis or—infinitely preferable—a kidney transplant. Although most of us could, theoretically, donate a kidney—because we’re...

Beating a Silent Killer

Did you know that kidney disease kills more Americans annually than breast cancer or prostate cancer? Yet, while virtually everyone is aware of breast and prostate cancer, few people think about kidney disease. That’s one reason why it’s called “a silent killer.”...

New Model for Obesity

When I was promoting a childhood obesity initiative 15 years ago, our organization, the non-profit called the Diabetes Resource Center of Santa Barbara County, became the first affiliate of the national organization called America on the Move. The founders were...

More evidence stress affects long term health

Having a stress-related psychiatric condition may increase the risk for autoimmune disease, a new study concludes. Stress is known to cause physiological changes, including changes in immune function, but evidence that links it to specific diseases is limited....

July 11 Book Signing in Santa Barbara

Please join me at Chaucer’s Bookstore on Wed., July 11, at 7 p.m. for an informal reading and book-signing of my book, Surviving Kidney Disease: True Stores of Love, Courage, Hope, and Heroism. Earlier this month, a couple dozen patients, friends, and family members...