Dr Francisco

Dr Francisco Salcido-Ochoa

MD (Mex), MRCP (UK), MSc (UK), PhD (UK)


Specialist Nephrologist @ Francisco Kidney & Medical Centre

Interim Medical Director @ DaVita Singapore

Dr Francisco graduated with honours from the Faculty of Medicine of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City, Mexico. He obtained his MRCP (UK) in London, United Kingdom, where he did his senior medical officer postings at the Royal London Hospital and Barts Hospital. He specialised in Nephrology at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH), where he acquired 10 years of experience as a Nephrologist. He was also a visiting consultant at the National Kidney Foundation in Singapore during 2018. 


Dr Francisco is accredited as a Specialist Nephrologist (with admitting privileges) at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, Mount Elizabeth Hospital (Orchard), Gleneagles Hospital, Parkway East Hospital and Farrer Park Hospital in Singapore. He has also set up his own private practice, "Francisco Kidney & Medical Centre", offering a wide range of services including clinic visits, home care and telemedicine.


Dr Francisco’s main clinical interests are the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of several kidney disorders including glomerulonephritis and lupus nephritis, and of chronic kidney disease due to diabetes, hypertension, polycystic kidney disease and other rarer conditions of the kidneys. He also subspecialised in kidney transplantation at the SGH and he is an eager advocate of kidney transplantation and live donation for the management of kidney failure. He is also proficient in the management of patients on haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, as well as in the care of those patients opting for no dialysis or delaying the initiation of dialysis.


Holistic patient care is crucial in Dr Francisco’s clinical practice and he has partnered with different specialists and other corporations in Singapore, and he is providing in-office clinic services and home services in Singapore for Singaporeans and Expats, as well as International patients visiting Singapore. Dr Francisco has incorporated telemedicine to the range of services he provides (available only within Singapore). Dr Francisco speaks English and Spanish. His dietitian, Ms Hui Xin, helps him translating into Chinese and Malay.


Dr Francisco was also trained as an Immunologist at Imperial College London in the United Kingdom, under the supervision of Prof Sir Robert Lechler. He was awarded a distinction for his MSc in thymopoiesis and had straight-pass during his PhD thesis viva on "Transplantation Tolerance and Immunoregulation". Dr Francisco was actively involved in many research projects at the SGH, where he held few institutional research grants for the study of the immune mechanisms behind kidney transplant rejection, glomerulonephritis and lupus nephritis. His work led to several international publications, but more importantly, it has equipped him with a greater understanding of the disease processes underlying the kidney disorders he manages. Thus, he does not only provides holistic and empathic specialist medical care to his patients, but also provides them with evidence-based and up-to-date medical advice.



For Dr Francisco, health promotion and disease prevention are important duties in his centre and as a human being, so he runs some free and some commercial educational programmes for chronic metabolic disease and diabetes awareness and prevention, plus a doable and effective commercial life-changing programme (OLYMPIA Lifestyle) for personalised and holistic health enhancement and weight loss.




1   Salcido-Ochoa F and Allen JC. Biomarkers and a tailored approach for immune monitoring in kidney transplantation. World J Transplant 2017; 7(6): 276-284..





2   Salcido-Ochoa F, Hue SS, Peng S, Fan Z, Li R, Iqbal J, Allen JC, and Loh A. Histopathological analysis of T cell subsets in acute T cell-mediated rejection in the kidney transplant. World J Transplant. Aug 24, 2017; 7(4):222-234. Doi: 10.5500/wjt.v7.i4.222.








3   Salcido-Ochoa F, Hue SS, Haase D, Choo J, Yusof N, Li R, Allen JC, Iqbal J, Loh A, and Rotszchke O. Analysis of T cells in primary/idiopathic minimal change disease: A pilot study: International Journal of Nephrology. Vol. 2017, Article ID 3095425, 13 pages, 2017. doi:10.1155/2017/3095425


4   Hue SS, Suhail SM, Choo J, Yusof N, Loh A and Salcido-Ochoa F. Does Foxp3+ regulatory T cells (Treg cells) play a role in the immunopathogenesis of minimal change disease? ISRN Pathology 2014, 2014:640829.


5   Salcido-Ochoa F, Yusof N, Hue SSS, Haase D, Kee T and Rotzschke O. Are we ready for the use of Foxp3+ regulatory T cells (Tregs) for immunodiagnosis and immunotherapy in kidney transplantation? Journal of Transplantation 2012, 2012: 397952.


6   Salcido-Ochoa F, Tsang J, Tam P, Falk K and Rotzschke O. Regulatory T cells in transplantation: does extracellular adenosine triphosphate metabolism through CD39 play a crucial role?. Transplantation Reviews 2010, 24:52:66.


7   Herrera OB, Golshayan D, Tibbott R, Salcido-Ochoa F, James MJ, Marelli-Berg FM and Lechler RI. A novel pathway of alloantigen presentation by dendritic cells. J Immunol 2004, 173:4828-4837.


8   Salcido-Ochoa F and Lechler RI. Dendritic cells prohibited by anergic T cells acquire tolerogenic properties. Transplant Proc 2002; 34:2855-2858.


9  Salcido-Ochoa F, Cabiedes J, Alarcon-Segovia D and Cabral AR. Antiprothrombin antibodies in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus or with primary antiphospholipid syndrome. J Clin Rheumatol 2002; 8:251-255.




Salcido-Ochoa F. Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) System in Solid Organ Transplantation and Few Novel Concepts in HLA Matching. Recent Trends in Immunology. 2015. SM Group Open Access eBooks, Editor Shabir Ahman Mir.




Reviewing with Distinction During 2019.

Singapore Medical Journal, January 2020.

Reviewing with Distinction During 2017.

Singapore Medical Journal, January 2018.


Reviewing with Distinction During 2016.

Singapore Medical Journal, January 2017.


Second Prize on Oral Presentation in the 1st Singhealth Pathology Resident and Trainees Research Day. Histopathological analysis of kidney transplant rejection.

SingHealth (last author/PI). November 2014.


Research Grant ‘T cell subset analysis in acute kidney transplant rejection by CyTOF mass cytometry’

Principal investigator, Singapore General Hospital Research Grant (SRG), 2014-2015


Research Grant ‘T cell subsets analysis for the diagnosis of acute kidney transplant rejection’

Principal investigator, Khoo Scholars Pilot Grant (Duke-NUS), 2014-2015


Research Grant on the Nurturing Clinician Scientist Program.

Principal investigator, Nurturing Clinician Scientist Program. Medicine Academic Clinical Program (a Singhealth-Duke/NUS Joint Partnership), 2012-2015


Research Grant ‘Phenotypic and functional analysis of CD39+ regulatory T cells in kidney transplant patients and their correlation with clinical outcomes’

Principal Investigator, National Kidney Foundation, 2010-2014


Research Grant ‘Functional and phenotypic characterisation of the novel population of CD39+ regulatory T cells (Tregs) in patients with T cell-mediated inflammatory glomerulonephritides and with rapidly progressive glomerulonephrtides, and their correlation with disease activity and clinical outcomes’

Principal investigator, SingHealth Foundation, 2010-2014


Straight Pass in PhD in Immunology.

University of London. Imperial College London. Hammersmith Campus. May 2005.


99 percentile in USMLE Part 1

United States Medical Licensing Examination. 2003.


Scholarship Award for PhD Studies in Immunology at the Imperial College London, UK.

National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT), Mexico. 1999.


Distinction in MSc in Immunology.

University of London. Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine. Hammersmith Campus. November 1999.


Scholarship Award for MSc Studies in Immunology at the Imperial College London, UK.

GlaxoWelcome Mexico. 1998.


Participation and Persistence as a Student of the First Generation of the High Demanding Academic Programme (University Nucleus of Educational Quality) from 1992 to 1998.

Faculty of Medicine at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). 15 April 1998.


Honourable Mention in Medical Degree Examination (Graduated with Honours).

Faculty of Medicine at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). 29 January 1997.


Honourable Mention (Equivalent to Distinction) during Medical Internee.

The National Institute of Nutrition Salvador Zubirán (INNSZ). 1996.


Diploma for Standing Out Amongst the Best Three Grades in the Degree of Medicine.

Faculty of Medicine at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). School year 1993.


Diploma for Standing Out Amongst the Best Three Grades in the Degree of Medicine.

Faculty of Medicine at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). School year 1992


Several Sports Medals and Trophies.

(1) First place: 100 m (Tangamandapio, Mexico 1995), 5 km (Mexico City, Mexico 2004), 2.4 km (Singapore 2008), 4 km (Singapore 2009), 3 Km (Singapore 2017).

(2) Several Championships in 5-, 7-, and 11-a-side Football (Mexico City, London, UK and Singapore).


































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Dr Francisco Salcido-Ochoa @ Francisco Kidney & Medical Centre, Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, #07-32, 38 Irrawaddy Rd, Singapore 329563




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