What is a Nephrologist?

A physician who specializes in the care and treatment of kidney disease.

Nephrology requires additional training to become an expert with advanced skills. Nephrologists may provide care to people without kidney problems and may work in general/internal medicine, transplant medicine, immunosuppression management, intensive care medicine, clinical pharmacology, perioperative medicine, or pediatric nephrology.

Nephrologists may further sub-specialise in dialysis, kidney transplantation, chronic kidney disease, cancer-related kidney diseases (Onconephrology), procedural nephrology or other non-nephrology areas as described above.

Procedures a nephrologist may perform include native kidney and transplant kidney biopsy, dialysis access insertion (temporary vascular access lines, tunnelled vascular access lines, peritoneal dialysis access lines), fistula management (angiographic or surgical fistulogram and plasty), and bone biopsy.

Nephrology concerns the diagnosis and treatment of kidney diseases, including electrolyte disturbances and hypertension, and the care of those requiring renal replacement therapy, including dialysis and renal transplant patients. Many diseases affecting the kidney are systemic disorders not limited to the organ itself, and may require special treatment. Examples include acquired conditions such as systemic vasculitides (e.g. ANCA vasculitis) and autoimmune diseases (e.g., lupus), as well as congenital or genetic conditions such as polycystic kidney disease.

Patients are referred to nephrology specialists after a urinalysis, for various reasons, such as acute kidney failure, chronic kidney disease, hematuria, proteinuria, kidney stones, hypertension, and disorders of acid/base or electrolytes.

Why Choose Regional Kidney Care?

Welcome to Regional Kidney Care, PC., a nephrology group practice serving the Tri-Cities of Tennessee and Southwest Virginia communities for over 25 years.

Our board-certified physicians and nurse practitioners are dedicated to delivering personalized, educational and preventive services that provide long-term solutions, not only for the patients we serve, but for the communities where we live and work.

We continually strive to be the providers of choice for kidney disease in our community, and we are committed to providing the best in service, quality, and outcomes in kidney disease care and management.

Things We Treat
  • Chronic kidney disease (CKD)
  • Kidney transplant
  • Kidney stones
  • Kidney failure (acute or chronic)
  • Dialysis – hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis
  • Diabetic nephropathy
  • Hypertension
  • Lupus Nephritis
  • Hematuria
  • Proteinura
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Metabolic syndromes
  • Pregnancy-related kidney issues
  • Electrolyte disorders
  • Inherited kidney disorders