An estimated 20 to 40 million Americans have some form of kidney disease (also called renal disease), and the numbers are on the rise.
Because it doesn’t show early warning signs, millions of Americans — an estimated 10 percent of those with kidney disease — don’t know they have it. Many find out only when their kidneys stop working and they need dialysis or a new kidney.
Fortunately, we can detect kidney disease at its earliest stage. Find out what you can do to care for your kidney, including learning about kidney disease risk factors and getting screened.
Kidney Care from Experts
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.
Watch how we earn this reputation with the care and treatment we provide at our kidney center.
Dialysis in Virginia: Comfort & Care
Eight of our kidney dialysis centers have been honored by the Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition and recognized for patient safety.
The UVA Dialysis Program cares for nearly 1,000 patients throughout central Virginia.
Find out about the care and services available at our kidney dialysis locations.
Preventing Acute Kidney Injury
Acute kidney injury can cause kidney disease and even death. About 5 million patients are hospitalized a year.
Which is why Mark Okusa, MD, has been working for 15 years on a way to prevent this condition, and it looks like he has found an answer. His findings show that ultrasound protects against acute kidney injury by spurring the spleen to prevent inflammation.
Read about this life-saving discovery and its implications beyond kidney injury.
Kidney Treatment Support
Comprehensive services, easy access, cutting-edge research: UVA’s Kidney Center gives you benefits available at few other hospitals. Our dedicated staff of nurses, doctors, dietitians, an ultrasonographer and social worker all focus only on the treatment of kidney disease.
Treatment does not mean just taking a pill; it means changes in diet and exercise and often creating a healthier lifestyle by quitting smoking. Which is why we have support programs to bolster the excellence of clinical treatment.
Get support for managing your kidney disease.