I am Dr. Victor Carabello.  I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I obtained my BS in chemistry from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles in 1985 and earned my MD degree from UC-Irvine in 1991. I became board certified in Internal Medicine in 1996, board certified in Pediatrics in 1996, and board certified in adult Nephrology in 1998.

After graduating from medical school in 1991, I did my post-graduate training at LAC-USC Medical Center. My training was extensive and intense.  From 1991 to 1995, I specialized in internal medicine and pediatrics. My pediatric chairman, a mentor of mine, chose me to be the pediatric chief resident from 1995 to 1996. That was a tremendous honor and an unforgettable experience.  After that, I could have entered private practice and practice internal medicine and pediatrics.  However, I decided to further my training by sub specializing in adult nephrology.  Why train more? By then I was board certified in both internal medicine and pediatrics; and certainly because of where I trained (LAC-USC Medical Center) I was more than prepared to succeed in private practice. 

I placed private practice on hold for two more years.  During my training, I had exposure to several professors.  Many stood out but there were two that impressed me immensely with their vast knowledge; and the common denominator they both shared where that they were nephrologists, one an adult nephrologist (Dr. David Goldstein) and the other a pediatric nephrologist (Dr. Larry Opas, my pediatric chairman).  I was not impressed so much with their kidney disease knowledge but their command of internal medicine and general pediatrics, respectively.  I concluded that if I wanted to be as thorough and knowledgeable as them, learning about kidney diseases was certainly going to lead me down that road.  I therefore decided to extend my training two more years and learn about nephrology to become a nephrologist.

Indeed, I did pursue a subspecialty in nephrology however it was “adult nephrology”.  During my training years I became exposed to many unfortunate adult patients whom suffered irreversible kidney failure caused by diabetes mellitus, the leading cause of end-stage renal disease in the western world. These unfortunate people have to undergo dialysis to sustain life.  This illness is horrible, catastrophic to the patient, their families, and is a huge economic burden on our government.  I realized that sub specializing in nephrology would perhaps train me on how to prevent that tragic disease.  So, I decided to pursue a career in nephrology because I was inspired by two nephrologists and to try to alleviate the pain and suffering patients with irreversible kidney failure have to endure. I am also trained in performing and interpreting kidney ultrasounds.

As for my practice, it is located in the Boyle Heights area of East Los Angeles, hence the name “Boyle Heights Nephrology”.  My practice consists of outpatient nephrology, dialysis visits, and hospital rounds.  My office is open Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM.    On your initial consultation with me for chronic kidney disease, you will leave quite pleased as I will strive my best  to give you a diagnosis on the initial visit.  I perform my own kidney ultrasounds and I will show you how your kidneys grossly appear. Your urine will be analyzed in my office as well. You will not be seen by a PA or nurse practioner, you will be seen by me. I am supported by an excellent staff.  They are excellent at phlebotomy, obtaining authorizations for medicines and HMO appointments.

What do I do for fun? I love to play baseball! Yes, hard ball! I play most weekends. I enjoy traveling and researching history.  I also enjoy gastronomy.  I also love to fix up dated homes and make them look gorgeous!



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