Nationally recognized for clinical care in nephrology
The nephrologists and scientists in the Division of Nephrology work together to deliver cutting-edge care – based on the most recent discoveries in the field – to patients with kidney diseases. Our clinical care is recognized nationally and our scientific efforts internationally. We are committed to educating the next generation of nephrologists through our fellowship program in kidney diseases.The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is the major referral center in central Ohio for all of the subspecialties of medicine. Our clinical nephrology training is superb, due primarily to the large referral-based practice that draws patients from central and southeastern Ohio and contiguous states.
The draw for referrals is facilitated further by the successful kidney transplantation program (more than 200 renal, 50 liver and 50 pancreas-renal transplants annually) conducted by the Transplant Division of the Department of Surgery. The Division of Nephrology and the Transplant Division work collaboratively in the new Transplant Medicine Program to improve outcomes of patients with solid organ transplants.
About the Division of Nephrology
The Division of Nephrology was created in 1968 under the leadership of Dr. Thomas Ferris. From 1968 to 1976, the division provided nephrology services to The Ohio State University and offered fellowship training for more than 25 post-graduate fellows, many of whom went on to successful careers in academic nephrology.
Growing from two physicians and one secretary, the division now consists of 18 full-time faculty, 2 CNPs, 11 fellows and more than 20 support staff.
Conditions and Treatments
End-Stage Renal Disease
This condition is also known as kidney failure or renal failure. If your kidneys fail, you need treatment to replace the work they normally do. The treatment options are dialysis or a kidney transplant, and each has benefits and drawbacks. No matter which you choose, you'll need to make some changes, including how you eat and plan your activities. But with the help of healthcare providers, family and friends, most people with kidney failure can lead full and active lives.