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Department of Internal Medicine

Kent K. Ishihara, M.D. View profile as PDF

Kent K. Ishihara

Philosophy of Care

It is not uncommon for me to be asked, "What does an endocrinologist do?" I often find myself answering this question with examples of the common diseases that I treat - diabetes, thyroid disorders, adrenal abnormalities, pituitary problems, bone diseases, cholesterol problems, etc. But the study of endocrinology is more complex than that. In general, the endocrinologist strives to understand the complex ways in which the different glands and organs of the body communicate with one another to maintain the structure, function, nutrition and health of the whole body. Hormones are the means by which many of these glands and tissues communicate with one another. Yet these hormones often have many effects throughout the whole body. Therefore, as an endocrinologist I may be asked to help evaluate and manage a specific endocrine problem, but I must always look at the specific problem in the context of the whole person. And that is my favorite part of being an endocrinologist. I believe in caring for people, not just diseases. And I believe that each person has been created in such a way that they are very much like everyone else, yet also completely unique in many ways. Therefore, when I see you as a patient, I always try to listen carefully and perform a thorough physical examination. I then evaluate and help manage your condition based on the most current, scientifically-based evidence available, and then individualize the plan of care to meet your specific needs. All of this will be done in coordination with your primary care provider to ensure the best care possible. And when necessary, we have the privilege of utilizing the expertise of some of the brightest minds in medicine and the cutting-edge resources available to us as part of the UC Davis Health System.

Title:

Associate Physician Diplomate

Specialty:

Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, Internal Medicine

Department:

Internal Medicine

Division:

Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism

Clinic:

UC Davis Medical Group, Elk Grove

Address/Phone:

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Clinic
4860 Y St., Suite 0400
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions
Phone: 916-734-2737

UC Davis Medical Group - Elk Grove
9390 Bighorn Blvd.
Elk Grove, CA 95758
Driving Directions
Phone: 916-683-3955

Additional Phone:

Clinic Phone: 916-734-2737
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Education:

M.D., Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennesse, 2001
B.E., Vanderbilt University School of Engineering, Nashville, Tennessee, 1997

Residency:

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, 2004

Fellowships:

Washington University in St. Louis/Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri, 2007

Board Certifications:

American Board of Internal Medicine, 2004
American Board of Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, 2007

Professional Memberships:

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
Christian Medical and Dental Association
The Endocrine Society

Select Honors and Awards:

Summa cum laude. Vanderbilt University School of Engineering (May 1997), 1997

Select Recent Publications:

Ishihara, K. Diabetes Insipidus. In: The Washington Manual: Endocrinology Subspecialty Consult 2nd edition, edited by K.E. Henderson, T. J. Baranski, P.E. Bickel, W.E. Clutter, J.B. McGill, 19-26. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009

Ishihara, K. Hypercalcemia. In: The Washington Manual: Endocrinology Subspecialty Consult 2nd edition, edited by K.E. Henderson, T. J. Baranski, P.E. Bickel, W.E. Clutter, J.B. McGill, 156-166. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009

Ishihara, K. Hyperparathyroidism. In: The Washington Manual: Endocrinology Subspecialty Consult 2nd edition, edited by K.E. Henderson, T. J. Baranski, P.E. Bickel, W.E. Clutter, J.B. McGill, 167-175. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009

Ishihara, K. Syndrome of Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone. In: The Washington Manual: Endocrinology Subspecialty Consult 2nd edition, edited by K.E. Henderson, T. J. Baranski, P.E. Bickel, W.E. Clutter, J.B. McGill, 27-35. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009

Kozak, K., Shah, S., Ishihara, K., Schulman, G. Hand-assisted laparascopic radical nephrectomy-associated rhabdomyolysis with ARF. American Journal of Kidney Disease. 41(1):1-6, 2003

To see if Kent K. Ishihara is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).