Nephrology & Kidney Diseases

The nephrology physicians at Indiana University Health University Hospital provide high-quality care to diagnose and treat kidney diseases. Our physicians have years of experience treating kidney diseases at every stage of care. We develop a personalized treatment plan with you to manage your condition and prevent it from progressing further.

Because kidney diseases require lifestyle changes, our physicians provide education about diet and medications. We offer dialysis in our hospitals, outpatient centers and even at home. Our home dialysis program is the largest in the state and one of the largest in the country. Physicians around the world use it as a benchmark for successful implementation.

In conjunction with the Indiana University School of Medicine, IU Health University Hospital nephrology experts give patients complete, specialized care in the management and treatment of acute and chronic kidney disease, hypertension, kidney stones, dialysis and other kidney-related conditions, including transplants. We are home to the largest and longest lasting transplant program in the state. Our five on-staff transplant nephrologists provide quality renal, renal-pancreas and renal-liver transplant treatment.

The highly skilled, multidisciplinary nephrology team at IU Health University Hospital includes:

  • A leading physician in bench research, studying the causes of acute kidney and renal failure and translating gained knowledge to patients.
  • The world’s top specialist in bone metabolism and kidney stone disease.
  • The only double board certified nephrologist and intensivist (pulmonology critical care specialist) in Indiana—and one of only a few in the country.
  • A leading expert in home dialysis and acute renal failure, working with manufacturing companies to improve the treatment of acute kidney injury in patients.
  • Physicians recognized by U.S.News & World Report.

Chronic Kidney Disease Management

The Nephrology and Kidney Disease program at IU Health University Hospital works to minimize the effects of chronic kidney disease and slow its progression through a combination of medicine and preventive treatments. While some types of kidney disease can be cured, other types must be managed. Physicians, nurses and nurse practitioners work with patients to preserve kidney function through dietary interventions, diabetes management, weight management and medicines to treat high blood pressure, anemia, bone disease and hormone deficiencies associated with chronic kidney disease. IU Health physicians are also skilled in proteinuria and hematuria management.

Proteinuria and Hematuria Management

Proteinuria and hematuria are symptoms of underlying kidney disease. The kidney acts as a filter of blood and when protein (proteinuria) or blood (hematuria) appears in the urine it is a sign of underlying kidney problems. Proteinuria is often associated with diabetes and hypertension, but diseases that are specific to the kidney may also be the cause. Hematuria is often a symptom of internal damage to the kidney. The kidney specialist can determine the cause of the proteinuria and determine what treatment is appropriate.

Hypertension Management

The nephrology specialists at IU Health University Hospital offer hypertension management plans that help lower high blood pressure through medicine and lifestyle changes in order to prevent or slow organ damage. Lifestyle changes to manage hypertension can include weight management, eating a healthy diet, regular exercise, limiting alcohol consumption and eliminating smoking. Managing hypertension through medicine and lifestyle changes also reduces a patient’s risk of stroke, heart conditions and kidney disease.

Kidney Stone Management

Kidney stone management and treatment depends on the type of kidney stone and cause of the stone. The Indiana University Health Kidney Stone Clinic is a preventive clinic where the cause of recurrent stones is determined through history, blood tests and specialized urine studies. Dietary and medicine therapies are then started, and tests are utilized to monitor response. In the vast majority of patients, stones can be stopped or the frequency reduced.

Dialysis Care

IU Health University Hospital offers hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis both in the home and at our hospital and clinic locations. Patients can be sure they are receiving top-of-the-line care with a world-renowned reputation. Nephrology specialists work with every patient to determine an individualized plan for dialysis, to help patients with chronic kidney disease live better lives.

Patients who have end-stage renal disease most often begin their treatment process with inpatient dialysis. In addition, a patient who is awaiting a kidney transplant may require inpatient dialysis. Outpatient dialysis is a suitable option for patients with end-stage renal disease who are able to travel to the hemodialysis clinic but not yet eligible for home dialysis. Candidates for outpatient dialysis should plan on dialyzing three days a week for approximately three to four hours each day.

The home dialysis program at IU Health University Hospital is the largest in the state and one of the largest in the country. For patients who are eligible for home dialysis, our nationally accredited staff provides the tools, training and on-call support necessary to help you take control of your treatment and increase your independence.

Kidney Transplant

IU Health University Hospital features the largest, most comprehensive transplant center of its kind in the region and is one of the top 10 transplant centers by volume in the United States. Performing an average of 250 kidney transplants each year, the transplant surgeons at IU Health personally review each potential donor, resulting in shorter wait times and better outcomes for patients.

We offer transplants from both living and deceased donors, specializing in transplants for elderly and high-risk kidney patients. Our kidney desensitization program is one of only a few steroid-free programs in the U.S., enabling us to perform kidney transplants for patients who were once considered ineligible.

Following kidney transplant, the five dedicated nephrology transplant specialists on staff will monitor a patient's medicines, physical condition, blood tests, urine tests and X-rays for the first few months to ensure complete recovery.

Additional Contact Information

For Patients
Call direct: 317.944.8660
Home dialysis line: 317.963.6850
We are located at: 550 N. University Blvd., UH2180, Indianapolis, IN 46202

For Physicians
Any physician, healthcare professional or healthcare agency may refer a patient to IU Health University Hospital Nephrology services.
Call direct: 317.944.8660