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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Specialty Clinics

Lupus Clinic

Lupus is a complex autoimmune disorder where the body’s cells are attacked by one’s own immune system. This leads to inflammation and damage to various body tissues. Lupus can affect many parts of the body including the joints, kidneys, skin, heart, lungs, blood vessels, and brain. The organs that are affected are different for every person.

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 http://www.medicare.gov/dialysisfacilitycompare/. 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

Rivka Ayalon, MD

Instructor of Medicine, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
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Steven C Borkan, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
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Herbert T Cohen, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine,

Jean M Francis, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Medical Director of Kidney Transplant Program, Boston University Schoool of Medicine,
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Sandeep Ghai, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

Andrea I Havasi, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine,

Ian R Rifkin, MB, BCh

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine,
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David J Salant, MD

Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine,

Lauren D Stern, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Nephrology, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine,

Ashish Upadhyay, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine,
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Lindsay A. Farrer, PhD

John Forman, MD

Robert J. Hamburger, MD

Weining Lu, MD

Michael Sherman, PhD

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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.