Biff Franklin Palmer, MD, is Professor of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas. He received his medical degree from UT Southwestern Medical School and completed his residency in internal medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C. He then went on to complete a research fellowship in the Department of Nephrology at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and a clinical fellowship in the Division of Nephrology at UT Southwestern Medical Center-Parkland Memorial Hospital. Dr. Palmer has authored more than 180 articles and chapters and serves on the editorial boards of several journals. He is a member of the Nephrology subspecialty board for the American Board of Internal Medicine. He has received numerous teaching awards to include the Regents Outstanding Teaching award from the University of Texas and the Parkland Memorial Hospital Internal Medicine Housestaff Outstanding Teacher Award. Uniquely, Dr. Palmer is the first Nephrologist to ever have completed climbing the tallest peaks of each of the seven continents which includes a successful summit of Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain in the world.