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Kidney Disease in Patients with Diabetes

The Vanderbilt Center for Kidney Disease is a longtime leader in studying and treating kidney disease in people with diabetes. We aim to slow the progression of diabetes so you can avoid or delay dialysis or a kidney transplant.

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
Alp Ikizler

Alp IkizlerMD

    Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis, Hematuria, Hypertension, Nephrology, Proteinuria
Julia B. Lewis

Julia B. LewisMD

    Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney Stones, Nephrology

Kidney Care for Diabetes: Why Choose Vanderbilt

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    Highly skilled doctors

    Our team is led by specialists who have been studying and treating kidney disease in patients with diabetes for more than 30 years. We take a leadership role in creating national healthcare policies relating to kidney care. We serve with national and international societies to develop treatment guidelines. Most of the Vanderbilt Center for Kidney Disease’s patients have diabetes, and caring for that many people over the years means we have vast experience treating complications arising from kidney disease and diabetes.

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    Team approach

    Our team includes doctors, a nurse practitioner and a dietitian dedicated to patients with kidney disease. Their combined knowledge means expert care for you. We also work with specialists in endocrinology and cardiology, because our patients usually have overlapping illnesses. Our electronic medical record system helps our team share information and make decisions about the best treatment for all aspects of your health.

  • diploma, award, ribbon, Recognized care, quality
    Recognized care

    U.S. News & World Report ranks our nephrology team among the best in the country. We have been involved in more clinical trials that relate to the diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease in patients with diabetes than any other academic medical center in the country.

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    Clinical trials

    We have a clinical trial center devoted to kidney disease, typically relating to diabetes. We are often the leaders of trials being carried out nationally and internationally. Because we are an academic medical center, you may be able to participate in research that explores new treatments. These clinical trials are not widely available elsewhere. In fact, we often perform or manage the research that leads to treatment guidelines that are put into practice in the clinic. Our doctors provide the most current, data-backed treatment. Find a clinical trial.

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    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.

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    Responsive team

    We want to make your experience as stress-free as possible. You can use our secure online portal, My Health at Vanderbilt, to contact your care team, schedule appointments, manage your medications and access your medical records.

Tests, Treatments and Services

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

  • Blood tests
  • Dietary counseling and support
  • Education about kidneys and their function, medications and nutrition
  • Medications
  • Preparation for dialysis, if needed
  • Preparation for kidney transplant, if needed


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Nashville, TN 37204
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Nashville, TN 37232
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Franklin, TN 37067
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