Positions

Professor
Medicine-Nephrology
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, US

Education

Fellowship at Brigham And Women's Hospital
Fellowship at Johns Hopkins Affiliate Hospitals
Residency at Johns Hopkins Affiliate Hospitals
Advanced Training from National Cancer Institute
Internship at Brigham And Women's Hospital
MD from Harvard Medical School

Certifications

Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine
Nephrology
American Board of Internal Medicine

Professional Interests

  • Control of protein metabolism in catabolic conditions.

Professional Statement

Since I graduated from Medical School, my major activity as a physician has been linked to my professional goals. Both as a physician and an investigator, I have worked to improve the treatment of patients with chronic kidney failure. Consequently, I serve as the physician for patients with chronic kidney failure and in treating them, I have uncovered specific problems that develop in these patients. This has led to the development of methods of ameliorating the problems caused by kidney diseases, including insights into methods for slowing the progress of kidney failure. My experimental efforts have been closely linked to the goal of preventing complications of kidney disease and fortunately, we have made progress in not only determining how kidney damage changes the metabolism of protein in the body but also how the diet can be manipulated to ameliorate clinical problems of patients with chronic kidney failure. Specifically, we have identified how kidney failure changes the metabolism of muscle, resulting in loss of muscle mass and strength. We are working on two different strategies that have the potential of preventing the loss of muscle mass and this is has led to promising results that are being tested in patients with kidney failure.

Selected Publications