Kidney Disease Care

For patients with kidney disease, the team at Boston Medical Center offers expert, personalized care for all forms of acute and chronic kidney diseases and specializes in complex clinical problems ranging from consultative nephrology to management of end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Care provided includes:

  • Chronic kidney disease collaborative management with development of a personalized clinical plan for patients with progressive renal failure
  • Hematuria and proteinuria consultations by faculty recognized internationally for expertise in glomerular disease, autoimmune diseases, amyloidosis and vasculitis
  • Diabetic nephropathy diagnostic and therapeutic services to detect incipient renal disease in diabetic patients and identify those who would benefit from early therapy
  • Complete evaluation and treatment of renal stone disease consisting of a thorough metabolic evaluation, anatomic and surgical evaluations when appropriate, and development of a case-specific report of risk factors and therapeutic options
  • Evaluations of renovascular hypertension and other secondary causes of hypertension making use of magnetic resonance angiography and other state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging and biochemical techniques
  • Evaluation and management of patients with hypertension that is difficult to control or is associated with renal insufficiency

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Treatments & Services

Dialysis Care

Patients who need dialysis can receive it through one of many centers in the region. A list of centers is available at Some of these centers also offer a peritoneoal dialysis program which is performed by patients at home, enabling them to remain independent and continue working. The BMC team can assist patients in finding a center that meets their unique needs and can coordinate with primary care physicians and dialysis centers to meet ongoing needs.

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Transplant Care

Should it become necessary, Boston Medical Center provides patients with kidney transplantation. In fact, in the last decade, BMC has performed more than 450 cadaver and living-related-donor kidney transplants. Physicians provide medical support from the initial evaluation, through peri- and post-operative management and long-term transplant follow-up.

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Our Team

Renal Medicine Doctors

Laurence H Beck, MD


membranous nephropathy, glomerulonephritis, interstitial nephritis, sickle cell nephropathy, general nephrology

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Jasvinder S Bhatia, MD


End Stage Renal Disease, Hemodialysis, Peritoneal Dialysis, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney stones

Ramon G Bonegio, MD


Lupus nephritis, Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), Autoimmune kidney disease, Vasculitis, Chronic kidney disease

Steven C Borkan, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Acute renal failure; Cellular stress response; Renal cell injury

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Herbert T Cohen, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA


Jean M Francis, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Medical Director of Kidney Transplant Program, Boston University Schoool of Medicine, Boston MA

Kidney transplantation, Pancreas transplantation, Kidney diseases, Thrombotic microangiopathy, Glomerular diseases

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Sandeep Ghai, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Massachusetts

Kidney Transplantation, Bone Mineral Disease; Peritoneal Dialysis

Andrea I Havasi, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

amyloidosis, peritoneal dialysis, acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease , glomerular diseases

Hanna Menn-Josephy, MD

Instructor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Massachusetts

Autoimmune kidney disease, Lupus nephritis

Ian R Rifkin, MB, BCh

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

Lupus nephritis

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David J Salant, MD

Chief, Section of Nephrology
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

Kidney disease, Glomerulonephritis, Proteinuria, Lupus, Kidney stones

Lauren D Stern, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Nephrology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

End stage renal disease; Pregnancy related kidney disease; Amyloidosis; Kidney stones; Electrolyte disorders

Ashish Upadhyay, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

Chronic Kidney Disease, Hypertension, Hemodialysis, Kidney Stones, Electrolyte Abnormality

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Lindsay A. Farrer, PhD

John Forman, MD

Robert J. Hamburger, MD

Weining Lu, MD

Michael Sherman, PhD

Patient Resources

Research Overview

Kidney Disease Research

The Renal Department at BMC is a nationally recognized research and training program in nephrology for more than five decades. Basic science research in the division focuses on the immunopathogenesis of glomerular diseases, structural biology of the glomerulus, mechanisms of autoimmunity, renal cystic disease and cancer, kidney development and mechanisms of cell injury in acute renal failure.

Clinical research includes trials evaluating new interventions in end-stage renal disease, novel treatments for renal amyloidosis, immunosuppressive medications in renal transplantation, investigation of the mechanisms underlying hemodialysis vascular access failure and studies of cardiovascular disease associated with chronic kidney disease.

Physicians work with patients to discuss their individual candidacy for clinical trials.

Residency and Fellowship Information

Kidney Disease Education

The physicians and staff of the Renal Medicine Practice at Boston Medical Center are affiliated with the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). To learn about our education and fellowship programs, please visit the Renal Section of our BUSM website.