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Have a question about diabetes, heart disease, or kidney disease?  Dr. Singh will review your question and get back to you via email.  Your correspondence may be posted here on the web, and you can look at previous questions that have been submitted by other patients. ​


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Dr. Bhupinder Singh, MD, FASN, FNKF


Dr. Singh was one of the founders of Southwest Kidney Institute, which in a short span of 10 years, became one of the leading kidney disease management companies in the country. He previously served on the Board of the organization, and was instrumental in developing the Research and Chronic Kidney Disease programs. He was Medical Director and Principal Investigator of Research from 2004-2013.

Dr. Singh graduated from Armed Forces Medical College, which is ranked among the top Medical Schools in India. After brief research and clinical stints at Post Graduate Institute (India), and Cleveland Clinic Foundation, he completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, followed by a Fellowhip in Nephrology at SUNY Upstate Medical University. After completing his training, he moved to AZ in 2002, and has been here since.

Dr. Singh is ABIM Board Certified in Nephrology and Internal Medicine, and is a ASH Specialist in Clinical Hypertension. He is a Fellow of both the American Society of Nephrology and National Kidney Foundation. He serves on the clinical faculty of Midwestern University, and Creighton University School of Medicine as Assistant Professor. He is on the Advisory Board of Imaging Endpoints Core Labs, and several pharmaceutical companies.

Dr. Singh serves on the Board of several non profit organizations. He is one of the founding board members of the Cardio Renal Society of America, an organization which is trying to bridge the knowledge and management gap between the cardiac and renal specialties. He serves as Vice President of the Board of Twin Epidemic, a non profit engaged in raising awareness about heart disease and diabetes among South Asians. He also serves on the Board of the International Alliance for the Prevention of AIDS, as well as the newly founded Transplant First Academy. 

His main interests include Cardiovascular Disease in Chronic Kidney Disease, Resistant Hypertension, Glomerular Disease, Nephrotic Syndrome and Polycystic Kidney Disease.

Dr. Singh is married, and a proud father of 2 boys. His favorite activities include reading, watching cricket and travel.

Past Questions

  1. Dr. Singh, how do I know if I’m at risk for kidney disease?  Is it possible to have kidney disease and not know it?

  2. Most people who have chronic kidney disease do not know it; they may not even know that they are at risk for the disease. Early kidney disease is a silent problem, like high blood pressure, and does not have any symptoms. People may have it but not know it because they do not feel sick. 
  3. Adults with diabetes or high blood pressure, or both have a higher risk of developing CKD than those without these diseases. Approximately 1 of 3 adults with diabetes and 1 of 5 adults with high blood pressure has CKD. Other risk factors for CKD include cardiovascular disease, obesity, high cholesterol, lupus, and a family history of CKD. Your risk of developing CKD also increases with age, as these risk factors are more common at older age. Men with CKD are 50% more likely than women to have kidney failure (for more information, take a look at the National Chronic Kidney Disease Fact Sheet, 2014 provided by the Centers for Disease Control).
  4. If you have heart disease or diabetes, or one of these conditions runs in your family, ask your doctor to test your kidney function. Kidney failure (ESRD) is very serious, so getting yourself tested and taking steps to prevent this disease is critical.
  5. Dr. Singh, What is cardorenal syndrome and how can i prevent it?

  6. Heart disease (also called cardiovascular disease) and chronic kidney disease (CKD) can interact in ways that can be devastating. Cardiorenal Syndrome actually refers to several conditions, all of which involve the failure of both the kidneys and the heart. When one organ fails, the other often follows. The relationship between kidney failure and heart failure works in both directions – someone with heart disease is at increased risk for having a problem with their kidneys; and kidney disease can cause or worsen heart disease. Some medical conditions can also cause both organs to fail at the same time.

    HOW HEART DISEASE IMPACTS THE KIDNEYS: Hypertension, high blood pressure, and heart failure can all lead to kidney disease. Even mild forms of hypertension can damage the kidneys over several short years; and severe high blood pressure will cause kidney malfunction over a relatively short period of time. High blood pressure makes the heart work harder and, over time, can damage blood vessels throughout the body, including those that are used by the kidneys.

    HOW KIDNEY DISEASE CAN IMPACT THE HEART: Kidney failure compromises heart health, potentially leading to heart failure or stroke. Individuals with kidney disease are 10-20 times more likely than those without kidney disease to experience heart disease; and we now know that these patients are more likely to die of heart failure before complications directly related to their kidneys.