The Vanderbilt Kidney Center in Nashville offers world-class care for a wide range of kidney diseases. We strive to offer personalized, compassionate care to every patient. We also provide educational opportunities and perform advanced research on new approaches to treat and cure kidney disease.
Vanderbilt Nephrology is among the top 10 programs in the country and the only top-ranked nephrology program in Tennessee, according to U.S. News & World Report. We are national leaders in research and treatment for kidney disease.
Our nephrologists are particularly skilled in the following areas:
Chronic kidney disease causes kidneys to lose their ability to filter and remove waste and extra fluids from the body. The hemodialysis process uses a synthetic membrane to:
Before a patient can undergo hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis, we must surgically create an access point that makes it possible to enter the patient's bloodstream.
The different types of access for dialysis include:
Man-made fistula or graft: A synthetic channel called a PTFE or Gore-Tex graft is the most common type of access that we create for hemodialysis.
We offer daytime and nighttime dialysis services in two locations.
During this diagnostic procedure, a small sample of kidney tissue is removed through a needle and examined under a microscope for signs of cancer, infection or other diseases.
Apheresis removes a specific part of a patient's blood, and returns the rest of the blood parts to the patient. This procedure can be ordered by many different specialists, but is performed by Vanderbilt nephrologists.
We conduct multi-center clinical trials in the areas of kidney disease, hypertension, and diabetes. Our areas of study include:
Julia Lewis, M.D. is the director of the Clinical Trials Center and is supported by a staff experienced in clinical trials research.
For more than 50 years, Vanderbilt has offered excellent care to kidney transplant patients. We have cared for roughly 5,000 transplants and we are recognized as a leading referral center in the Southeast. Visit the Vanderbilt Transplant site to learn more.
The Vanderbilt Center for Kidney Disease promotes cutting edge basic and translational research into the causes, therapies and cures for kidney disease. The center also works to inform and inspire patients, professionals, and the public about innovations in research, training, and personalized kidney care. To learn more about our academic and research programs, visit www.vckd.org.