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Kidney disease can require long-term care, which makes choosing the right physician a critical component to the success of your ongoing treatment.

The University of Chicago Medicine has been a provider of choice for generations of Chicagoland residents who need expert care for kidney disorders. Our nationally recognized nephrology program is led by physicians whose depth and breadth of expertise is unmatched in the region, and whose commitment to scientific research means patients have access to emerging kidney disease therapies not widely available.

Whether it’s time to see a doctor about possible kidney stones, or you’ve been diagnosed with a serious condition like chronic kidney disease or end stage renal disease, the University of Chicago Medicine can help.

Our goal is to closely manage your condition and help you avoid kidney failure. For those patients whose kidneys no longer function properly, we offer a robust dialysis program – including at-home and nighttime dialysis options – and kidney transplants performed by some of the most experienced surgeons in the state.

Exceptional Kidney Disease Care

The University of Chicago Medicine is a recognized leader in the field of nephrology for several reasons, including:

  • Our kidney stone management program was established in 1969. Nearly 50 years – and more than 7,000 patients – later, the program has become an internationally recognized treatment and research center for people with all varieties of kidney stones.
  • We are the largest referral center for polycystic kidney disease (PKD) throughout Illinois and the Great Lakes region, having evaluated and managed care for more than 2,000 patients from 700 families to date.
  • Our kidney transplant center [link to http://www.uchospitals.edu/specialties/transplant/kidney.html] is one of the most active programs in the state, performing more than 150 transplants annually with patient survival rates that continually exceed national averages. We’re also one of the few hospitals in the country qualified to perform kidney-pancreas and experimental islet cell transplants for patients with type 1 diabetes.
  • In addition to providing care at three hemodialysis centers in the Hyde Park area, including nighttime services for patients who work during the day, we run one of Chicago’s largest home dialysis programs. This service allows you to manage your dialysis – where a machine or a special cleaning solution filters wastes from the blood – in the comfort of your home, without having to make frequent trips to one of our centers.


Our multidisciplinary program offers a convenient, one-stop experience for kidney patients who often require visits with multiple clinicians. By streamlining referrals to other specialists including transplant surgeons, endocrinologists, cardiologists and dietitians, you can have several consultations on the same day as your nephrology visit.

Leaders in Kidney Disease Research

The University of Chicago Medicine physicians and researchers are dedicated to clinical and translational research in order to find new options that offer our kidney patients an improved quality of life. Through our clinical trials, we also offer you access to the newest treatments that are not yet widely available on the market.