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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 functions of the kidneys are to filter waste from the body and clean the blood, maintain chemical and fluid balance in the body, and to 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.


Our Nephrologists treat the following diseases:

  • Chronic Kidney Disease

  • Acute Kidney Injury

  • End-Stage Renal Disease

  • Post-Kidney Transplant Care

  • Resistant Hypertension

  • Electrolyte Disorders

  • Polycystic Kidney Diseases

  • Glomerulonephritis

  • Lupus Nephritis​

  • Amyloidosis​​

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. If the disease is advanced enough, 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.

           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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