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Chronic Kidney Disease

Vanderbilt's nephrology and hypertension specialists understand that your chronic kidney disease has many causes, possibly including hypertension and diabetes. We customize your treatment to your needs, whether that means nutritional counseling, preparing for a kidney transplant or something in between.

Conditions We Treat

We treat all chronic kidney diseases, including:

Meet Your Care Team

Laura A. Binari

Laura A. BinariMD

    Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Nephrology
Kelly A. Birdwell

Kelly A. BirdwellBA, MD, MSCI

    Kidney Transplantation, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Nephrology
Anna M. Burgner

Anna M. BurgnerMD

    Amyloidosis, Chronic Kidney Disease, Nephrology
William H. Fissell

William H. FissellIV, MD, BS

    Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis, Nephrology
Edward R. Gould

Edward R. GouldMD

    Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis, Kidney Stones, Nephrology, Proteinuria
Alp Ikizler

Alp IkizlerMD

    Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis, Hematuria, Hypertension, Nephrology, Proteinuria

Why Choose Chronic Kidney Disease at Vanderbilt

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    Team approach

    Patients who need a kidney transplant are cared for by a team of experts. Nephrologists, urologists, cardiologists, pulmonologists and others work together to diagnose, plan and perform organ transplants. You benefit from the expertise of many specialists who coordinate your care.

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    High-risk pregnancies

    Our specialists care for pregnant women who have kidney disease or who are likely to develop it during pregnancy. We have the experience to offer you appropriate care during your pregnancy.

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    Personalized care

    We tailor your treatment to what you need. In the early stages of chronic kidney disease, you may only need nutritional counseling and evaluation of your medications. If necessary, we counsel you about dialysis or help you prepare for a kidney transplant. We evaluate your entire health, not just your kidney conditions, to customize care to your needs.

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    Palliative care

    Patients’ wishes are always primary. You may choose surgery, or you may not want treatment at all. Regardless of your treatment, our palliative care team offers compassionate care to keep you as comfortable as possible.

Tests, Treatments and Services

We offer a full range of tests, treatments and services, including:

  • Dialysis preparation, including education and counseling
  • Medication
  • Medications assessment
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Referral for transplant evaluation
  • Renal function assessment, especially in the context of other conditions, such as congestive heart failure


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