School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine


The Nephrology Division strives to create a milieu in which the highest quality clinical care is delivered in an academic setting of superb clinical teaching and excellent clinical and translational basic research.

doctor_with_patient The Nephrology Division is comprised of 10 full-time nephrologists and 2 part-time nephrologists, all of whom hold Wayne State University appointments and are actively involved in medical education. Together they provide a full spectrum of care for patients with all types of kidney diseases. They have particular expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of diabetic and hypertensive kidney disease, lupus nephritis, polycystic kidney disease, and glomerular diseases.

Expertise is available in the treatment of disorders of fluid and electrolytes, i.e., disorders of sodium, potassium, calcium, and acidosis and alkalosis. Outpatient clinics provide a full spectrum of services for patients with chronic kidney disease and end stage kidney disease. We offer the full spectrum of acute and chronic therapies including hemodialysis, continuous ultra filtration, hemoperfusion, peritoneal dialysis, and transplantation.

Particular expertise is available for the treatment of acute renal failure, toxic kidney injury and kidney failure associated with malignancy.

Unique programs include:

  1. Dedicated inpatient services with adjacent facilities for consultative services that encompass hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, renal biopsy, immunosuppressive therapy, acute kidney injury, fluid and electrolyte disorders, kidney disease associated with pregnancy as well as a separate service for accute issues in ESRD patients.
  2. State-of-the-art kidney transplant unit with two dedicated nephrologists, one of whom has had additional specialized training in transplantation.
    1. Specializing in the treatment of high-risk patients including those with high antibody screens, HIV disease, and hepatitis C
    2. Steroid-free protocols and novel immunosuppressive protocols
  3. Access to one of the largest home peritoneal dialysis units in the state, offering state-of-the-art care to home dialysis patients.
  4. Kidney stone clinic geared to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of all types of kidney stones.

Additional special programs:

  1. Active basic research in the fields of diabetic nephropathy, anti-diuretic hormone, tubular sodium transport, and mechanisms of increased vascular reactivity in the field of hypertension.
  2. Outcomes research in renal risk factors for cardiovascular disease, hepatitis C and its prevalence and influence on survival of transplanted kidneys, immunosuppressive protocols in transplant in African Americans, and calcium and phosphorous metabolism in end stage kidney disease.
  3. Postgraduate training program for renal fellows.