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Meet Uday Nori, MD, Ohio State Transplant Nephrologist

Meet Uday Nori, MD, Ohio State Transplant Nephrologist

I’m Uday Nori. I’m a transplant nephrologist
in the Division of Nephrology. I’m also a member of Comprehensive Transplant Center
at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Typically my first visit is always
get to know them well. I’m sure it sounds like a cliché but it’s important that I gain
their trust. I believe that most patients do what we ask them to do not because of the
checklist that we provide them but because they like us and they trust us. I spend an
inordinate amount of time learning about who they are, what road they have taken before
they came to my clinic, as in how long have they been on dialysis and how successful their
transplant had been up until the time they met with me. I also kind my philosophy of
care so they get to know how I practice. For instance, I do not believe in a pill for every
ill. I’m a minimalist by approach. I tell them that I’m big in lifestyle management.
I’m big into explaining what would work without having to go through medical treatments. And
I it seems that most patients like that approach because who who wants to be on expensive medications
that would have adverse effects? Typically after the first appointment I start looking
into their medical problems in more detail and I tell them upfront, even if I’m faced
with five or six things that I want to intervene I usually do one at a time so that they do
not feel overwhelmed. They feel like they’re able to achieve small goals so they feel good
about themselves. I’ve seen a few times where multiple goals does just not work. They go
home and they feel overwhelmed and nothing gets accomplished. In medical practice, as
it happens with most of the specialties, however much the medical center or the physicians
do for the patients it still amounts to no more than maybe ten, fifteen percent of the
effort required. It is incumbent on the patients to be able to take care of themselves and
preserve their health as best as they could. So we play a very important part in educating
the patients, making them understand the importance of the advice that we give them. We don’t
like the patients to go home with a checklist of things to do without really an understanding
of what it all means. So what I meant by placing patients center front and center of their
care is allowing them to understand why they’re doing what they’re doing and the rationale
behind the treatments that have been prescribed really makes all the difference. A well-educated
patient is a a well-to-do patient in my opinion and that’s what we all strive for.

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