ABOUT DR. SANTIESTEBAN
I became a nephrologist because I was fascinated by the relationship between high blood pressure and the nervous system. The more I learned, the more interested I was; I wanted to know as much as I could about its cause, the diagnosis and my patients’ treatment options. And while I was originally drawn to medical research and teaching, I found that my passion for interacting with people and helping resolve their problems through direct interaction was extremely rewarding. One of the first charitable organizations I was drawn to was Project Hope. My service there showed me I could be a part of direct patient care and make a positive difference in my community at the same time. Since then, I’ve loved being on the front lines of patient care and having my own practice to serve people to the best of my abilities.
My practice’s success has been built on a foundation of compassion and curiosity. I listen to my patients, I work with their needs and concerns, and I try to really understand what’s causing the symptoms that brought them into my office. After more than 30 years, I’m still as curious as ever and the advancements in the field constantly give me hope that ever better care is just around the corner. There’s so much to learn and a lot to be discovered. To stay on top of my specialty, I read as much as I can and follow all the advancements in the field. I attend meetings, conferences, and talks hosted by the American Board of Internal Medicine. My goal is to always be learning, because only then will I be the best doctor I can be.
My experience has taught me that a combination of preventative education, lifestyle modifications, and pharmacology can improve even the most severe conditions. I am lucky and privileged to genuinely love the work I do and serve the patients who visit my office.
I help patients understand their disease and how we can manage it together. I want people to be informed about their condition, and how they might minimize or avoid medications.DR. HECTOR SANTIESTEBAN
Education and Experience
Dr. Santiesteban has been practicing nephrology for more than 31 years. He graduated from Emory University School of Medicine in 1984 and completed his hospital internship and residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, one of the nation’s top nephrology hospitals. He was also a hospital fellow in the UCSF Department of Nephrology. He is fluent in Spanish and thrilled to be able to assist a growing number of Spanish-speaking patients in the Bay Area. He's also excited to serve Russian-speaking patients with the aid of a translator who works in his office one day each month.
Emory University School of Medicine
MD, PHD physiology
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
University of California San Francisco School of Medicine