Kidney Disease Care

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University of Minnesota Physicians offers a wealth of expertise to patients affected by kidney disease. We provide expert care -- including kidney transplants -- for people with kidney diseases and the medical issues created by these diseases.

The University of Minnesota Medical Center has one of the largest and most experienced kidney transplant programs for adults in the world. Our program consistently rates among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. When it comes to kidney transplants for children, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital has performed the most in the world. University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital holds the highest reported success rate worldwide in kidney transplants for infants.

As members of the faculty of the University of Minnesota Medical School, our physicians are also researchers who continue to discover better ways to help people with kidney disease. Access to clinical trials of the newest treatments is an important aspect of care at University of Minnesota Physicians.

Conditions we treat

We provide specialty care for (but not limited to):

For adults

  • Progressive kidney failure
  • Diabetic kidney disease
  • Kidney transplant patients
  • Genetic kidney disease
  • Hypertension
  • Electrolyte abnormalities
  • Kidney stones
  • Glomerulonephritis

For children

  • Congenital malformations of the kidney and bladder
  • Bedwetting (enuresis)
  • Hemolytic uremic syndrome
  • Prenatally diagnosed kidney abnormalities

Kidney (Nephrology) Clinic
Our physicians who specialize in kidney disease (nephrologists) treat people with a diverse range of conditions, from kidney failure to hypertension, metabolic abnormalities and kidney development. Separate clinics are offered for adults and children, from infants to teens.

Kidney transplants
Our transplant programs are comprehensive and world-renowned. More than 7,000 people have received kidney transplants from the University of Minnesota’s Transplant Center. Our transplant program uses more living donors than any other program, especially important given the critical shortage of donor organs. Nephrologists in the Kidney Clinic work closely with surgeons and staff who specialize in kidney transplants, assuring you of comprehensive care. Hospital care is provided at University of Minnesota Medical Center and University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.

Kidney Stone Clinic
We offer surgical laser technology to break up stones. A registered dietitian works with the urologic surgeon to design a program of prevention with a detailed evaluation of metabolism, dietary counseling and, if needed, medication.

Kidney cancer program
People with kidney cancer receive the most up-to-date diagnostic techniques and treatment at the Masonic Cancer Clinic. Physicians at the clinic are also active researchers at the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota. The center has been designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute, one of only 41 institutions in the United States to hold this designation and the only one in the Twin Cities area. Kidney specialists from urologic surgery, cancer care, radiology, and pathology work together to meet each person’s medical needs.

Chronic kidney disease
Our chronic kidney disease (CKD) program provides seamless care for patients with CKD all in one place. A new program, Vascular Access for Hemodialysis Program, helps adults and children who need a high-quality method of physical access for kidney dialysis. Specialists from nephrology, transplant and vascular surgery, and diagnostic and interventional radiology work together to join an artery and vein in the arm, creating a new, long-lasting connection for use in dialysis.

Dialysis services
UMPhysicians offers a dialysis unit at the Mayo Building on the University campus in Minneapolis and also provides services at other dialysis units throughout the Twin Cities.


Clinics & Providers

Specialty highlights

Research highlights
Research in kidney disease at the University of Minnesota helps physicians better understand kidney disease and improve outcomes:

  • Use of kidney stem cells to directly treat kidney disease or to deliver therapeutic genes and/or proteins to the kidney
  • Outcome studies for people with chronic kidney disease and kidney transplants
  • Prevention of the body’s rejection of a transplanted kidney
  • Causes and distribution of kidney disease in the general public

Read more about our research in kidney diseases.


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