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Why Choose Us for Nephrology Care?

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Ranked Among the Best

Our program is among the best hospitals in the U.S. for neprhology. In addition, we are one of only two programs in Illinois named on the Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Foundation's list of qualified providers for PKD care.

World-Class Kidney Stone Program

The University of Chicago Kidney Stone Management Program is one of the world’s best. Led by an internationally respected kidney stone expert, the program is also one of the largest of its kind, presently caring for more than 3,500 patients.

Comprehensive Dialysis Care

Our dialysis program is among the largest and most comprehensive among academic medical centers, with significantly lower mortality rates than the national average. In addition to our several dialysis clinics, home dialysis is also an option for some patients.

Large, Successful Kidney Transplant Program

Dr. Michelle Josephson

Since our first kidney transplant in 1968, the University of Chicago Medicine has had the most active kidney transplant program in Illinois. We perform more than 150 transplants each year. Our success and survival rates are better than national norms, and our complication rates are very low. As a patient, you will have access to the latest methods in preventing organ rejection. We have pioneered new ways to match donor kidneys with recipients. These techniques are now being adopted across the country.

Active Research Programs

Our doctors are involved in important clinical trials of new treatments. For example, research at the University of Chicago on the monoclonal antibody OKT3 contributed to the drug's acceptance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. OKT3, which combats transplant rejection and dramatically improves graft survival rates, was used here for kidney transplantation long before it was generally available at other hospitals. Our breakthrough research into new immunosuppressive therapies has helped us achieve some of the highest graft acceptance rates in the country.

University of Chicago doctors are also involved in research to better understand kidney diseases. In research funded by the National Institutes of Health, three of our physicians discovered an anti-inflammatory protein that may prevent formation of kidney stones.

Team Approach to Diabetic Care

We have extensive experience in treating diabetic nephrology, in cooperation with some of the world's leading diabetes experts in our Section of Endocrinology.

High Patient Satisfaction

Patients appreciate our comprehensive, continuing care. They consistently give our outpatient renal clinic high ratings in patient satisfaction surveys.

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  • Acid-base problems
  • Acquired kidney disorders
  • Aldosteronism
  • Anemia related to kidney disease
  • Diabetic nephropathy
  • Electrolyte disorders
  • End-stage renal disease, or kidney failure
  • Glomerular disease
  • Hypertension
  • Hyperoxaluria and oxalosis
  • Interstitial nephritis
  • Kidney tumors and kidney cancer
  • Kidney stones
  • Lupus nephritis
  • Metabolism disorders
  • Multiple organ dysfunction syndrome
  • Nephrolithiasis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Urologic/kidney disorders
  • Vasculitis
  • Other kidney diseases and conditions