Kidney disease (also called renal disease) affects millions of people each year, and the numbers are on the rise.
At UVA, our nationally known kidney doctors (or nephrologists) are leaders in research and treatment for kidney diseases, including diabetic and hypertension-induced kidney disease and lupus nephritis.
Our kidney doctors (also called nephrologists) are listed consistently in America’s Top Doctors. They're internationally acclaimed researchers advancing the science of kidney disease and developing new treatment options for kidney conditions. They're also award-winning educators who train the next generation of nephrologists.
Why does that matter to you?
UVA was the site of Virginia’s first-ever dialysis treatment on March 27, 1959.
Because you can be sure that our doctors have the knowledge and skills to provide the most up-to-date treatment options available.
At UVA, we're:
- One of the largest academic hemodialysis facilities in the country.
- One of the largest nocturnal hemodialysis programs in the country (and one of the few in the nation), providing a convenient and effective dialysis option that’s done while the patient sleeps (and often at home). That means fewer hospital visits during work or school hours for dialysis treatments.
of the first hospitals in the nation to provide expertise in geriatric
nephrology. When possible, we manage care for elderly patients in their
homes while encouraging them to continue their normal day-to-day
Rapid-Access Kidney Service
Our kidney and pancreas transplant program is one of the busiest of its kind in Virginia. More than 1,500 kidney recipients, including high-risk candidates, have received treatment here.
To better serve the growing population of patients diagnosed with kidney disease, we recently launched a rapid-access service for nephrology consultation.
Patients in need of urgent kidney care can get an appointment — through their referring primary care doctors — with UVA’s kidney specialists within 24 to 48 hours. Our doctors give feedback to the referring doctors within 24 hours of the evaluation.
We offer rapid access kidney services at two convenient locations: the Kidney Center Clinic in the West Complex and at the Northridge Medical Park.