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 provide state-of-the-art care to patients from across the country in all areas of kidney disease – acute and chronic kidney diseases, cystic diseases of the kidney, diabetic kidney disease, fluid and electrolyte disorders, glomerulonephritis and glomerular diseases, lupus, hypertension, kidney and pancreas transplantation, kidney-related metabolic disorders, kidney stones, and rate and genetic kidney diseases. Our division consists of over 50 faculty members who care for patients at the Nephrology Clinic at Taubman Center, Nephrology at Brighton Center for Specialty Care, Nephrology at Northville Health Center, and the University of Michigan Hospital.
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:
- The Nephrotic Syndrome Study Network (NEPTUNE), led by Dr. Matthias Kretzler, receives a third five-year cycle of funding
- In a four-year collaboration with AstraZeneca, Dr. Matthias Kretzler co-leads 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, 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 awarded a five-year, $8.5M federal contract to serve as the coordinating center for the United States Renal Data System
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, whether it’s through our:
- weekly clinical and research conferences which cover a broad range of kidney disease topics,
- three training programs (Nephrology Fellowship Program, Transplant Nephrology Fellowship Program, and Postdoctoral Training Program in Kidney Research ) which offer rich and diverse clinical and research experiences, or
- Updates in Nephrology for the Primary Care Provider continuing medical education course, which provides health care professionals with the latest information on the diagnosis, treatment, and management of kidney disease