Burl Don, M.D.

Burl R. Don, M.D.


Internal Medicine



Internal Medicine


  • Chief, Division of Nephrology
  • Director of Clinical Nephrology
  • Professor of Medicine


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Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

4860 Y St., Suite 0200
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Clinic Phone: 916-734-3761
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Clinical Interests

Burl R. Don is a leading authority on renal medicine and has written numerous articles and book chapters in the field. His clinical interests include acute renal failure therapy, enigmatic fluid and electrolyte disorders.

His research focuses malnutrition in patients with kidney failure, iron metabolism in dialysis patients, and leptin metabolism. He is active in the National Kidney Foundation of Northern California.




M.D., University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California, 1980

A.B., UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, 1974

Internship: Los Angeles County - University of Southern California Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, 1980-81


Los Angeles County - University of Southern California Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, 1981-84


American Society of Nephrology

University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, 1984-87

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine, 1983

American Board of Internal Medicine, Nephrology, 2007

Professional Memberships

American College of Physicians

American Society of Nephrology

International Society of Nephrology

National Kidney Foundation

Select Recent Publications

Don, BR and GA Kaysen. Proteinuria and the Nephrotic Syndrome in Renal and Electrolyte Disorders, 7th edition, ed. Schrier RW. Lippincott-Raven, 2010.

Don, BR and J Lo. Endocrine Hypertension in Basic and Clinical Endocrinology, 8th edition, ed. Gardner DG and Shoback D. Lange/McGraw Hill, New York, 2007.

Don, BR, R Rodriguez and MH Humphreys. Acute Renal Failure Associated with Pigmenturia or Crystal Deposits in, Diseases of the Kidney, 8th edition ed. Schrier, RW and Gottschalk, CW Little, Brown, and Co., Boston, 2007

Yeun, JY and BR Don. Medical Management of the Surgical Patient, 4th edition, ed. Lubin, MF and Spell, N. Cambridge University Press, 2006

Rodriguez Rand BR Don. Signs, Symptoms and Laboratory Abnormalities in Renal Disease in Hospital Medicine, 2nd edition ed. Wachter, RM, Goldman L and Hollander H. Williams and Wilkins, 2005

Don BR and Chin A. A strategy for the treatment of calcific uremic arteriolopathy -calciphylaxis- employing a combination of therapies. Clinical Nephrology59:463-470, 2003

Don BR, Rosales L, Levin N, Kaysen GA. Leptin is a negative acute phase protein in hemodialysis patients. Kidney Int 59:1114-1120, 2001

Don BR. The effect of trimethoprim on potassium and uric acide metabolism in normal human subjects. Clin nephrol 55:45-52, 2001