Nephrology

UC Health Nephrology provides a wide range of diagnostic treatment and consultative services for patients with all stages of kidney disease. Care is provided at UC Health University of Cincinnati Medical Center, UC Health West Chester Hospital and a vast network of outlying dialysis units. UC Health Nephrology physicians provide care throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana in an effort to make our services more easily accessible to our patients.

UC Health Nephrology physicians have been consistently recognized by Best Doctors in America and Top Doctors in Cincinnati, designations that honor the best in quality patient care. As a major referral center, UC Health Nephrology manages patients with all levels of kidney disease. We have access to cutting-edge technology and focus on delivering compassionate, quality care.

Our Multidisciplinary Approach to Patient Care

UC Health Nephrology works closely with other UC Health service lines such as Cardiology, Endocrinology, and Transplant Surgery in order to provide the most comprehensive patient care. This collaboration allows us to follow patients through the full continuum of care, and gives added convenience to patients who need services from multiple specialty practices.

  • UC Health Transplant Center: UC Health Transplant Center is one of only two centers in the area who perform transplants. We work closely with the center to provide pre and post-surgery care to transplant patients.
  • End-Stage Renal Disease/Advanced Kidney Center: When dialysis treatments become necessary, UC Health Nephrology physicians are there. We consult with patients to find a dialysis unit and help them to coordinate their treatment.

Outpatient Vascular Access Care Conveniently Located in West Chester

UC Health Vascular Access Center is located in the West Chester Hospital Surgical Center. We provide a range of treatments to keep your vascular access working so that dialysis goes smoothly. UC Health Vascular Access Center is committed to providing individualized care in a prompt and professional manner.

The following procedures are performed by our team of trained professionals with rapid turnaround times:

  • Diagnostic Angiograms
  • Angioplasty and Thrombectomy of AV Fistulas
  • Angioplasty and Thrombectomy of PTFE Grafts
  • Placement, Exchange and Removal of Tunneled Dialysis Catheters
  • Venograms prior to Access Placement

Providing High Quality Care to Patients with Kidney Disease

University of Cincinnati Medical Center’s End Stage Renal Disease Center provides all forms of treatments for patients with advanced kidney disease including hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, continuous hemofiltration and dialysis (CVVH and CVVHD) and surgical placement of vascular access for hemodialysis and peritoneal catheter for peritoneal dialysis treatment.  In addition, apheresis is provided for patients who require plasma exchange for various hematological, neurological and renal diseases.

Our interventional nephrologists use innovative techniques for vascular access procedures, which include declotting grafts; dye studies on grafts, fistulas and catheters; placing tunnel catheters; removing tunnel catheters for dialysis; and placing and removing catheters for peritoneal dialysis.  Our inpatient unit provides eight dialysis stations, a separate isolation station and a procedure room with an adjoining recovery area.

Research and Education Brings New Treatments to Patients

Many of our University of Cincinnati Medical Center specialists are currently working as University of Cincinnati researchers and educators and have earned international reputations for their work on kidney disease.  Our specialists have received grants from research organizations including the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the American Heart Association and other national organizations to identify the causes of worsening kidney disease.  Our goal is to develop new treatments to control the progression of kidney disease and new therapies to sustain dialysis access in patients, eliminating the need for multiple interventions and surgeries.  All of our research efforts are focused on significantly improving quality of life for our patients.

One major mission of our program at University of Cincinnati Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati is to train new nephrologists so we can continue to provide excellent care for patients with kidney disease, locally and nationwide.  Our fellowship program is designed to train new nephrologists by providing our fellows with a state-of-the-art experience in all aspects of nephrology, including various kidney diseases, kidney and pancreas transplantation, hypertension and fluid-electrolyte disorders.

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