Nephrologists at the University of Chicago Medicine have advanced training in highly specialized areas of kidney disease, allowing us to offer services not available at many hospitals.
Our nephrology team includes several physicians who specialize in diagnosing and treating acute kidney injury (AKI), which occurs when your kidneys shut down rapidly over a short period of time.
Because AKI is common among people who are already hospitalized with a critical illness, our doctors routinely manage care for patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). Our inpatient services include continuous renal replacement therapy, medication management and careful monitoring until your kidneys have recovered and you are healthy enough to go home.
Once you have been discharged from the hospital, our physicians will continue to provide long-term monitoring and care for you as needed. That’s because many patients who recover from AKI are at risk of developing chronic kidney disease and are prone to additional episodes of AKI.
Members of our staff are also engaged in clinical research designed to better understand who is at highest risk of AKI and long term side effects, as well as identifying more accurate and efficient ways to detect the onset of AKI. Not only are our physicians committed to scientific research, but also their clinical expertise is unmatched in the region. This means patients with AKI have access to emerging kidney disease therapies not widely available.
Our goal is to keep your kidneys strong and healthy for as long as possible, using a combination of medication and healthy lifestyle changes, including following a proper diet and quitting smoking. Patients benefit from a personalized prescription for their kidney health. If you eventually transition into kidney failure or end-stage renal disease, you will always continue to receive expert care and support from our dialysis or transplantation specialists.
Because glomerular disease can’t be effectively treated without a precise diagnosis, it’s important to seek care from doctors who not only have experience identifying these complicated and often rare disorders, but also can prescribe the right combination of medications and other treatment options. Our nephrologists specialize in diagnosing and managing all varieties of glomerular disease, including glomerulonephritis, Goodpasture syndrome, IgA nephropathy lupus nephritis and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS).
Because patients with ADPKD are often at a higher risk for other medical conditions such as brain aneurysm, heart valve problems and liver cysts, our doctors routinely partner with top specialists in other fields including cardiac surgery, vascular surgery and neurosurgery. This allows us to ensure you receive the most comprehensive care available.
Our program has also earned recognition for our federally-funded clinical and translational research activities. Through research, our doctors are learning more about — and exploring new treatments for — hereditary kidney diseases, particularly ADPKD.
As part of our commitment to helping you get off the transplant waiting list and successfully receive a new kidney, we’re utilizing refined donor-matching techniques and helping establish a kidney exchange program that may broaden the donor and recipient pools in the Midwest.
In addition to performing kidney-only transplants for people with kidney failure, we also offer simultaneous kidney-pancreas transplants for people who have both Type 1 diabetes and significant kidney disease.
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