My pediatrician, whom I looked up to as a young child, inspired me to become a pediatrician. He cared for me when I was sick, including hospitalization for pneumonia, and encouraged me to study and read.
I was attracted to nephrology because of the comprehensive nature of the field. Nephrologists, or kidney doctors, care for children with all types of conditions, from kidney transplant recipients to critically ill children to those with common conditions such as high blood pressure.
In my practice, I specialize in caring for children with kidney conditions such as glomerular disease, end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and nephrolithiasis (kidney stones). My approach to patient care is to always treat the patient rather than just the medical condition.
I follow the advice of Sir William Osler who said, "The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease." This approach often involves a focused effort to teach children and parents about the nature of the medical condition and to provide guidance and reassurance.
In my research, I am investigating the cause of kidney disease in obesity and obesity-related conditions such as type 2 diabetes.
When I’m not helping patients or doing research, I enjoy spending time with my wife, running, reading the Bible and studying Spanish. I also like participating in outdoor activities such as biking and hiking.
Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Nephrology and Hypertension, Kidney Disease, Dialysis, Kidney Stones
Nephrology and Hypertension