About My Book

Title of the Book

Understanding Basic Renal Pathophysiology


Ramin Sam

Co Authors

Lowell J Lo, MD
Stephen L Gluck, MD


Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
1001 Potrero Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110

Academic Affiliations

University of California, San Francisco

Present Position

Ramin Sam, MD
After attending University of Illinois-Chicago medical school, Ramin finished an internal medicine residency and a nephrology fellowship at Loyola University Medical Center near Chicago. He then moved on to practice nephrology at Cook County Hospital in Chicago in 2001 and subsequently transferred to San Francisco General Hospital and University of California- San Francisco in 2007. Ramin has published extensively on a wide variety of nephrology related topics including sodium disorders, acid-base problems and dialysis. As an active clinician both in Chicago and San Francisco he has had wide exposure to many different types of renal pathologies and the physiology behind them. As the co-director of renal block for first year medical students at University of California-San Francisco from 2009 until 2015, Ramin has also had experience with teaching nephrology also.

Lowell Lo, MD
Lowell Lo is a nephrologist in the Nephrology and Hypertension Faculty Practice who specializes in diagnosing and managing electrolyte and acid-base disorders. He earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern, where he also completed his residency, and completed a fellowship at UCSF. Post-fellowship training, he completed two additional years of advanced training in UCSF’s Training in Clinical Research Program and Teaching Scholar Program. He is currently an associate clinical professor at UCSF. He is the practice chief for UCSF’s Renal Ambulatory Service and the medical director of the outpatient Dialysis Center at UCSF. His education and research focus on how to better educate trainees to apply kidney physiology in clinical practice and improve patient access to high-quality nephrology care.

Stephen Gluck, MD

Dr. Stephen Gluck is a nephrologist who cares for patients in the clinic as well as during hospitalization. He has expertise in a wide spectrum of kidney diseases, including inherited and genetic diseases as well as electrolyte disorders. He also treats patients in outpatient dialysis centers. Gluck’s research investigates certain specifics of renal function to promote a better understanding of disease processes. Gluck earned his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He completed a residency in internal medicine at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, where he later completed a fellowship in nephrology. Gluck is a professor of medicine at UCSF.

National and International Conferences, Meetings and Conventions

I plan to attend the American Society of Nephrology meeting in October/November
I can also attend the National kidney foundation meetings in the spring
It would be great if the book can be displayed at above meetings. It may also be useful to display the book in Pulmonary/intensive care meetings, Emergency room doctors meetings and regular general internal medicine meetings.

Description of the Book that can be Used in a Scholarly or Scientific Journal

This book would be mainly intended for the physician to understand renal physiological concepts. It would not be intended to serve as a textbook on renal disorders. As such not all topics in nephrology would be covered but only the ones where we find it beneficial for the physician to better understand those aspects of renal physiology and pathology. The book is intended for all physicians, clearly medical students would benefit from it and especially renal fellows and nephrologist would find it useful. It is often the case that physician are taught renal physiology and equations but not much time is spent on understanding the basis and the clinical application or limitations of these equations and concepts. This book is intended to shine light on these very important concepts. Having a true understanding of these concepts would enable one to treat patients who often don’t present as a textbook case. The concepts of glomerular filtration rate, sodium disorders, osmolality, and acid/base disorders are core concept in medicine which not only the nephrologist have to be well versed on but all physician.

For Whom the Book is Written

The book is intended for all experienced clinicians but especially for emergency room physician, internist, family practitioners, hospitalist and nephrologists. The book is not intended to be a comprehensive discussion of all aspects of renal physiology, rather it is intended to clarify understanding of few core concept of renal physiology and pathology as it relates to patient care. As each patient with electrolyte or renal disorder presents in their own unique way, we find it useful to understand the basis behind those core concepts to be able to explain why the patient does not completely fit the textbook case.

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