The Division of Nephrology is dedicated to serving people with kidney disease. Despite major advances in medicine, kidney disease continues to increase and has reached epidemic proportions worldwide. Faculty in the division practice and teach optimal care for patients with a broad spectrum of kidney diseases at all stages. In addition, faculty members are actively involved in high-quality basic science, outcomes, and clinical research aimed at better treatment options as well as prevention of kidney-related health issues.
We are committed to providing comprehensive and personalized care for our patients with kidney disease. We have several specialized clinics to treat patients including our Chronic Kidney Disease Clinic, Geriatric Kidney Disease Clinic, Glomerular Diseases Clinic, and Stone Prevention Clinic. We have established state-of-the-art Outpatient and Inpatient Dialysis Programs, and a Dialysis and Vascular Access Service where a patient’s multidisciplinary care plan is directed and coordinated by an access coordinator. We work hand-in-hand with the U-M Transplant Center in cases where a patient has end-stage kidney failure, with the goal of avoiding or eliminating the need for dialysis.
Our faculty are conducting exciting and innovative basic science, clinical, and outcomes-based research, all devoted to finding new ways to prevent and treat kidney disease. Research achievements include:
- In a four-year collaboration with AstraZeneca, Dr. Matthias Kretzler will co-lead a cross-functional team of experts in the development of novel therapeutic strategies for treatment of chronic kidney disease.
- Dr. Rajiv Saran co-leads a $6.7M clinical study, funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), that will improve dialysis care, educating both patients and their medical teams on how to make dialysis sessions safer for patients.
- Dr. James Shayman develops the drug, Cerdelga, a first-line oral treatment for adults with Gaucher disease type 1.
- The University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (UM-KECC) awarded a five-year, $8.5M federal contract to serve as the coordinating center for the United States Renal Data System (USRDS).
Our division prides itself on the high value we place on education and training for faculty and fellows. We work continuously to improve the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of kidney disease through our weekly clinical and research conferences covering a wide-range of kidney disease topics. We offer a Nephrology Fellowship Training Program, an advanced Transplant Nephrology Fellowship Training Program, and a Postdoctoral Training Program in Kidney Research.