Nephrology is a board-certified subspecialty of
internal medicine concerned with diagnosing and
managing diseases of the kidneys and urinary system.
Nephrologists commonly encounter conditions such
as hypertension; fluid, electrolyte, acid-base,
and mineral imbalances; glomerulonephritis; and
polycystic kidney. Patients with end-stage
renal disease, often caused by diabetes or hypertension,
may require hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis.
Physicians in this specialty also consult with
surgeons about potential kidney transplant recipients
and help manage their immunosuppressive regimen
after transplantation. This is a focused specialization
requiring a broad knowledge of internal medicine.
Nephrologists usually practice in partnerships
or groups with other nephrologists, because the
care of patients with renal disease often involves
intensive, around-the-clock professional service.
Richard J. Quigg Jr, M.D.
Arthur M. Morris Professor of Medicine
Chief Division of Nephrology
Clinical Translational Research Center
875 Ellicott Street, Suite 8030
Buffalo NY, 14203