Douglas S. Lax, M.D.
“Dialysis is more than just treating kidney disease, it means taking an interest in the entire person.”
Dr. Douglas S. Lax has been affiliated with South Shore Dialysis Center for over 17 years, and currently serves as one of the facility’s Attending Physicians.
Dr. Lax has been practicing medicine for nearly 30 years, and has specialized in holistic medicine. “Getting the best outcomes means taking care of the entire person, not just one system or disease. I focus on the psycho social impact of dialysis and its impact on my patients and their families.” Dr. Lax takes the time to get to know his patients, and elicits the support of their families. “It’s important that we manage the social issues, as well as the medical challenges, that come with this disease.”
In college Dr. Lax minored in mathematics, and his interest in data modeling is one of the reasons he focused on nephrology. “We use certain mathematical models in dialysis, urea kinetics, to determine the right amount of dialysis treatment for each patient. I stay on top of the latest breakthroughs in renal physiology, as this technology has a real impact on how patients respond to dialysis.”
Dr. Lax is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and received his medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at the Long Island College Hospital, and completed his fellowship in Nephrology at New York University Medical Center. Dr. Lax served in Desert Storm, was the Chief of Nephrology at the Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii, and was the personal physician to the highest ranking officer in the Pacific. He taught at the University of Hawaii and is currently on the faculty for the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. Doug gives lectures at Hofstra University and South Nassau Community Hospital on state-of-the-art techniques in nephrology and renal physiology.