What is Nephrology?

Nephrology is the study and understanding of the kidneys: their function, their health, diseases that can affect the kidneys, and how to best manage and treat those conditions.

The main function of the kidneys is to filter waste from the body and clean the blood, maintain chemical and fluid balances in the body, and regulate hormones that control blood pressure and help make red blood cells.

Nephrologists are doctors that have chosen to specialize in treating kidney disease. These doctors receive specialized training in all things ‘kidney’ to give the best care to patients with kidney related problems.


The Nephrologists treat the following diseases:

  • Amyloidosis

  • Diabetic Kidney Disease

  • Lupus Kidney Disease

  • Resistant Hypertension

  • Electrolyte Disorders

  • Nephritic Syndrome

  • Glomerulonephritis

  • Polycystic Kidney Diseases

  • Acute Kidney Failure

  • Chronic Kidney Disease​

  • End Stage Renal Disease 

  • Post Kidney Transplant Care​​

The Nephrologists will use a combination of blood tests, urine tests, and sometimes imaging to determine the state of the kidneys.  A treatment plan will then be created, and the patient will always be included every step of the way. This can include choosing a Dialysis Option and a Dialysis Access Type or a Renal Transplant through Legacy Transplant Service or OHSU Transplant Service centers if the disease is advanced enough.

           Kidney disease, while lifelong, is manageable with proper medical care, diet, and an effective treatment plan in place. It is possible to continue doing what you enjoy with a few lifestyle changes.

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