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Clinical Programs

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. Nephrology is in the top-50 US New and World Report ranking for 2015.. As one of the largest Nephrology programs in the country, the Division has more than tripled in faculty size over the last 20 years. We work closely with the Department of Surgery for kidney transplants and offer the latest therapies to reduce the side effects of anti-rejection drugs.

The clinical program ensures 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 directs acute intermittent dialysis and continuous techniques in multiple intensive care units of the main University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), Baltimore Veterans Affairs 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 the University of Maryland Medical Center and Baltimore Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center.We have a particular emphasis on glomerular disease and on cystic diseases. Kidney biopsies are done at both sites and we  have close interaction with our two Nephropathologists, at UMMC and at the Baltimore VAMC.  In addition, there are many 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.