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UPMC Kidney Disease Center

UPMC's team of endocrinologists uses the latest treatments to help delay the progressive loss of kidney function that can lead to life-threatening complications.

Patients with hard-to-treat conditions - such as complex hypertension, polycystic kidney disease, diabetic kidney disease, and glomerular diseases - turn to UPMC's experts when standard treatments haven't succeeded.

Our Kidney Clinics provide comprehensive, one-stop care for adults with any stage of renal functional impairment. And our network of dialysis clinics provides patients with access to state-of-the-art dialysis at convenient locations.

Clinical Research

At UPMC, we're pursuing an exhaustive bench-to-bedside program to understand and intervene in kidney disease.

Over the past decade, our research team has studied kidney/epithelial cell structure and function in both healthy and disease states. Much of our work is conducted through the Pittsburgh Center for Kidney Research, which is supported by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) P30 O'Brien Kidney Center Grant.

Our investigations of the complex interactions between chronic kidney disease and diabetes, heart disease, and sleep disorders have shed new light on improving outcomes. Our studies of effectors of dialysis outcomes have helped point the way to better clinical practices.

Featured Programs:

Kidney Transplant Program:

UPMC is a pioneer and international leader in kidney transplantation and the care of kidney transplant recipients. As one of the nation's most active transplant programs, our team has extensive experience in kidney transplants. UPMC transplant surgeons have performed more than 24,000 kidney transplants in our 25 year history. Additionally, according to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, UPMC has an average wait list time of 24 months, which is significantly shorter than the national average of 72 months.

Home Dialysis:

With more than 30 years of experience caring for home dialysis patients, UPMC is a leader in home dialysis for patients with end-stage kidney disease. UPMC has an average of 52% of dialysis patients taking advantage of home dialysis, compared to the national average of less than 10%. Our high percentage is a result of our team approach that includes physicians, nurses, dieticians, and social workers who place emphasis on patient education. Patients are given all of their options, along with benefits and drawbacks, prior to their need for dialysis.