Sexual health, sexuality, and kidney disease

Sexual health may not be discussed openly or frequently in the kidney disease community, however it is an extremely important topic across all groups of people. For some, starting a conversation with a doctor about sexual health can feel awkward or uncomfortable. Join us for an honest talk about sexual health, sexuality, and kidney disease where you can ask your questions privately and anonymously, or simply listen.

Dr. Toby Gottheiner, an experienced nephrologist, and Emily Watson, a renal social worker, will team together to discuss common sexual dysfunctions in the general population versus the kidney disease population, factors that affect sexual function, and approaches that address sexual dysfunction for people with kidney disease.

Topics you can expect Dr. Gottheiner and Ms. Watson to address include:

  • Sexual function and dysfunction in the general population
  • Sexual dysfunction in men and women with chronic kidney disease and on dialysis
  • Physical and psychological factors affecting sexual dysfunction in kidney disease
  • Treatment approaches to sexual dysfunction in kidney disease

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Toby Gottheiner, MD

Dr. Gottheiner is currently the Medical Advisor of Medical Clinical Affairs at Satellite Healthcare. His role includes mentoring medical directors and providing project and initiative support to the MCA team. Previously, Dr. Gottheiner was in private practice for 25 years and served as a Medical Director at Satellite Healthcare until his retirement in 2017.

Dr. Gottheiner attended medical school at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. His postgraduate training was at Stanford University, Division of Nephrology in the United Kingdom. Dr. Gottheiner is married with three children and six grandchildren and has been a resident of Palo Alto since 1978. He enjoys outdoor activities, travel, theater, jazz, and spending time with family.


Emily Watson, MSW, LCSW

Emily has been a social worker for over 16 years. She has worked in various settings including outpatient family practice, infant adoptions, and for the last 13 years, dialysis at Satellite Healthcare. Emily has worked with both in-center and home dialysis patients. Now, as the Director of Social Work for Satellite, her focus is to support the work of the social workers in meeting the needs of the patient population. On a personal note, Emily is married with three children, a new puppy and lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California.