Otto Sánchez, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension

Otto Sánchez

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Karen Grabau

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Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension

Medical School, Universidad de Oriente, Cumaná, Venezuela

Fellowship, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

PhD, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN


Dr. Sánchez is originally from Venezuela with strong roots in Minnesota. He lived here in the mid 70’s when his father came to the U of MN to pursue a Ph.D. in genetics. He returned to Minnesota in 1997 to complete his Ph.D. in exercise physiology. He defines himself as a clinical physiologist with knowledge of epidemiology, biostatistics and magnetic resonance imaging. Dr. Sánchez uses data sets on living kidney donors and recipients of kidney transplants, as well as data from the Multi Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) and the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults study (CARDIA). He applies his combination of skills to research the risk factors involved in the development of diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular and chronic kidney diseases and the complications from these conditions.


Research Summary/Interests

  • Diabetes
  • Natriuretic peptides
  • Hypertension
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • The effects of exercise on health

Research Projects

  • Clinical trial entitled “Use of novel engineered natriuretic peptide (cenderitide) for the treatment of peripheral arterial disease” funded by the American Heart Association.
  • Use of NT-proBNP as a biomarker to treat salt sensitive hypertensive individuals.