Duke’s nationally ranked kidney disease program offers the latest treatments for adults and children with chronic kidney disease and kidney disorders. Our nephrologists are leaders in innovative clinical research, contributing to major advances in the treatment of kidney disease and better outcomes for our patients. We routinely treat patients with end-stage renal disease, vasculitis, glomerulonephritis, HIV-related kidney disease, hereditary kidney disease, electrolyte disorders, and help women manage chronic kidney disease during pregnancy.

Beverly Graham endured years of dialysis for her kidney disease before undergoing a kidney transplant.

Leaders in Comprehensive Treatment for Kidney Disease

We treat all aspects of renal disease, and offer preventive care to slow its progression and keep your kidneys healthy longer. We can refer you to the right specialists for treatment of kidney stones. If you have kidney failure, we provide the latest inpatient, outpatient and home dialysis options, as well as kidney transplants.

Kidney disease care at Duke: Why choose us

  • National reputation. Our kidney disease program is consistently ranked among the top programs by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Active research team. For more than 50 years, our nephrologists have been leaders in innovative clinical research, contributing to major advances in the treatment of chronic kidney disease and better outcomes for our patients.
  • Optimal renal disease care. Although there is no cure yet for chronic kidney disease, our experts use the latest treatments to slow its progression, combat the underlying causes of disease - including high blood pressure, immune system disorders and diabetes - and work with you to ensure your kidneys remain healthy longer. If you have developed kidney failure, we offer the newest, most advanced dialysis and kidney transplant techniques.
  • Team approach. Our nephrologists work closely with our transplant surgeons, dialysis specialists, nurse coordinators, dieticians, and other experts to provide comprehensive care for all aspects of renal disease. In addition, if you suffer from other medical conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes, we coordinate your care with specialists throughout Duke Health.
  • Leading researchers. In 2012, we were awarded one of two new, competitive National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) grants. Only seven researchers nationally have received funding through this program, aimed at developing new approaches to treating and preventing kidney disease. Our new Duke O’Brien Center for Kidney Research uses leading-edge science, including genetics, to explore the link between CKD, high blood pressure, and heart disease.



To pinpoint your diagnosis, check for kidney damage and evaluate how well your kidneys are working, we typically use several sophisticated tests, including:

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