Department of Medicine: Division of Nephrology
The clinical programs of the Division of Nephrology encompass early and advanced chronic kidney disease, acute renal failure, dialysis and transplantation. The expertise of its faculty physicians has led to the division’s impressive rank of ninth in the nation in the U.S. News and World Reports 2012-13 Best Hospital Rankings. As one of the largest nephrology programs in the country, the division has more than tripled in faculty size over the last 20 years. It works closely with the Department of Surgery for kidney transplants and offers the latest therapies to reduce the side effects of anti-rejection drugs.
The clinical program involves the care of patients both in outpatient centers as well as within the hospital. The outpatient dialysis program provides clinical care at two different large outpatient units for more than 200 patients. See Independent Dialysis Foundation for more information and clinic locations.
There is an active critical care Nephrology Consultation Service which primarily does CRRT in several intensive care units spanning the main University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), Baltimore Veterans Administration Medical Center, and R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Hospital.
The transplantation program provides care on two main inpatient services: transplant surgery, and transplant medicine. In addition, the transplant program staffs an innovative onsite transitional care unit which helps transition the care of patients from the inpatient service to outpatient care. The robust outpatient transplantation clinics run 5 days a week and staffs 6-7,000 annual outpatient visits.
The chronic kidney (CKD) disease clinical program comprises multiple clinics at both UMMC the University of Maryland Medical Center and Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center. In addition, there are a number of patients seen in private consultation by members of the nephrology division outside the traditional CKD clinics. Nearly 5,000 patients a year are seen in these various out-patient settings.