I am a nephrologist (renal physician) and transplant immunologist practising at Francisco Kidney & Medical Centre in Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital in Singapore.
I specialise in treating chronic kidney disease, kidney failure, general nephrology and acid-base and electrolyte metabolic disorders, and I am experienced in kidney transplantation, kidney dialysis and renal replacement therapies.
I graduated with honours from the Faculty of Medicine at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in 1998. I went to the United Kingdom to pursue my postgraduate research studies at the Imperial College London, Department of Immunology, under the mentorship of Prof Sir Robert Lechler. I was awarded a distinction for my Master of Science (Immunology) in 1999 and granted a straight-pass on my PhD thesis, ‘Transplantation Tolerance and Immunoregulation’ in 2005.
During my PhD studies, I made a significant contribution to the description of a novel pathway in immunology. Subsequently, I underwent further medical training at the Royal London Hospital and Barts Hospital, and obtained my Member of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom in 2007.
I relocated to Singapore in 2008 and continued my specialist training in nephrology at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH). I worked as an associate consultant until 2013. From 2013 to 2017, I worked in SGH as a consultant nephrologist with subspecialty in renal transplantation. I have worked as a visiting consultant for the National Kidney Foundation (Singapore) in 2018, as interim medical director for Davita Singapore from 2019 to 2020 and again as visiting consultant for the National Kidney Foundation since 2020 up to now.
During my service in SGH, I successfully obtained a few institutional research grants and participated in numerous research projects related to the immune mechanisms underlying kidney transplant rejection and glomerulonephritis, as well as the discovery of novel biomarkers. I have several international publications and have been invited for several oral presentations in different countries including the UK, Mexico, Switzerland, Malaysia, Spain and Singapore.
To me, the quality of care as well as the patient’s experience and satisfaction are of utmost importance. Great part of my management is focused on disease prevention or minimisation of complications. A sincere and empathetic approach to patient care has been my guiding principle and the patient’s interests have been my top priority.
Learn more about me here: https://www.smarterhealth.sg/specialist-doctor/francisco-salcido-ochoa/
I am excited to be here to share/discuss Renal Health with everyone. I will be actively answering questions. Whether you’ve got questions about kidney disease, kidney failure, kidney transplants, kidney dialysis or renal placement therapies, ask me anything!
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My uncle has been undergoing dialysis for 2 years now. I personally feel this treatment works only to keep his kidneys from failing, and his condition doesn’t seem to improve. Our family has been discussing a kidney transplant and we want to ask your opinion on this. What should we consider before deciding to have a transplant? If we keep him on dialysis, is there a chance to improve his condition?
This morning, I had foamy yellowish urine. Before this, I also suffered from frequent urination. I have tried to manage it by quitting coffee and alcohol, and limiting my water intake. However I get muscle cramps in my thighs and lower back. Is this related to some sort of kidney issue and is it serious, Doctor?
During dialysis, I have irregular menstruation. Is it normal for my period to be affected? Is it okay to leave it untreated?
What are the things should we consider before deciding to undergo a kidney transplant?
Doctor, my dad has just started his hemodialysis. How do we know if it’s going well and are there any signs? And we heard that if the kidney disease is chronic, then a patient needs to do dialysis all his life. Is it true? Is there any diet you will recommend for my dad?
Lately when I drink more caffeine, I see foam in my urine. I’ve tried to reduce my caffeine intake and drink more water in the past and it worked in terms of reducing the amount of foam. But these days, the foam is still there even when I stop drinking caffeine. Is there something wrong with my kidneys?
I feel pain in my lower back and around my groin when I’m urinating. I read online that this could be symptoms of kidney stones. What examination should I undergo to have it checked?
Doctor, my CT scan results show I have a kidney cyst. I am told this condition is benign and doesn’t need treatment. Is that correct? How do I know if this is cancerous or not?
For someone who has kidney failure, how much improvement can we expect from dialysis? Can kidney failure be cured and is it possible for the patient to live without dependency on the treatment?