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Cystic Diseases of the Kidney

Cystic diseases of the kidney (CKD) are fairly rare compared with other types of kidney conditions. We offer FDA-approved therapies for CKD. Vanderbilt nephrologists were lead researchers and clinicians in the development of these medications. We continue to work for improved treatments for people affected by these diseases.

Conditions We Treat

We treat all cystic kidney diseases and related conditions, including:

Meet Your Care Team

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
Julia B. Lewis

Julia B. LewisMD

    Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney Stones, Nephrology

Why Choose Cystic Diseases of the Kidney at Vanderbilt

  • chemistry, flask, Advanced research
    Advanced research

    Vanderbilt researchers helped conduct the research that led to FDA approval for tolvaptan to treat polycystic kidney disease. This is the first medical therapy approved to treat PKD.

  • conference, Team approach, people, staff, partners
    Team approach

    Our doctors work with experts in radiology, neurology, urology and pulmonology (lung care) to offer comprehensive care for your needs. Together we study your symptoms, medical history and treatment options. You receive advice and care shaped by a team of experts.

  • laboratory, test tubes, Advanced treatment
    Advanced treatment

    Kidney specialists at Vanderbilt are some of the only experts in Tennessee who treat with everolimus (marketed under the brand name Afinitor), an FDA-approved medication for angiomyolipomas.

  • medical record, Second opinions, cross, pen
    Second opinions

    A second opinion can help you make the best health decisions. We review your medical history, diagnostic tests, any previous treatments and your personal preferences to give you an informed opinion.

Tests, Treatments and Services

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

  • Genetic testing
  • Embolization
  • Medications
  • Referrals for kidney transplantation


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