These articles focus on the basics of kidney care AND an introduction to people whose stories appear in the book.

Please also explore the information about the amazing medical research related to kidney disease and related conditions in the Epidemics Today blog section.

Why I do what I do

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...

KZSB interview

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...

“The most rewarding thing I’ve ever done”

“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

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

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

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....

Eastside Diabetes Initiative

The Franklin School wellness program has been funded again! Santa Barbara, CA, June 11, 2018: The Eastside Diabetes Initiative is a program dedicated to providing comprehensive awareness about the risks of childhood obesity, type two diabetes, and kidney disease...

Book signing in Monticeto June 9

Santa Barbara, CA—Dr. Michael Fisher, Cottage Hospital’s co-medical director of Acute Dialysis since 1984, will sign copies of his book, Surviving Kidney Disease: True Stories of Love, Courage, Hope, and Heroism, at Tecolote Book Shop, on Saturday, June 9, from 3:00...

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...