The Renal Medicine/Nephrology Division at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center has a trifold mission of patient care, education, and research. The division provides inpatient and outpatient nephrologic care to patients at multiple hospital sites in central Massachusetts including both campuses of UMass Memorial Medical Center, as well as Marlborough and Milford Regional Hospitals and two area rehabilitation hospitals, Whittier and Vibra. Our clinical services include robust kidney, kidney/pancreas and liver transplant programs, evaluation of living organ donors, and long-term care of the transplant recipient.
Division members provide oversight for 6 dialysis units that collectively serve over 600 dialysis patients. We expect that with ongoing expansion of our home dialysis program, our proportion of patients on peritoneal dialysis or home hemodialysis will exceed the national average.
The divisional faculty comprises a diverse group of physicians with varied areas of expertise within the broad field of nephrology. Much of our energy is currently directed toward establishing effective models of interdisciplinary care for renal patients with complex illnesses. As examples, we work collaboratively with colleagues in the Diabetes division to provide comprehensive nephrology care to the expanding population of diabetic patients. In cooperation with the Department of Urology, we are developing programs for treating and preventing nephrolithiasis. Finally, we are working in conjunction with our Palliative Care Division to develop a compassionate and supportive advanced planning for ESRD patients with declining quality of life.