The Division of Kidney Disease and Hypertension was established in 1966 and oversees all research and education in nephrology at Brown Medical School. Its facilities include; dialysis units at the Miriam, Rhode Island and Veterans Administration Hospitals, 5 outpatient dialysis centers in the greater Providence area, two outpatient clinics in the greater Providence area, a joint medical-surgical transplant unit with contiguous office and clinic space in Rhode Island Hospital, a nephrology library and conference room, a clinical research unit, faculty and fellow offices, and modern research laboratories. The Division has three main missions: first, to provide state-of-the-art care for patients with kidney disorders; second, to teach nephrology to medical students, house officers, and renal fellows; and third, to conduct clinical and basic research on kidney function and disease.
Currently, our faculty consists of 15 full-time nephrologists, 2 pediatric nephrologists, and 22 practicing nephrologists who are integral participants in the Division’s clinical and educational activities. Two full-time transplant surgeons work closely with our group and are actively involved in our clinical, research and training programs. Full-time faculty members provide out-patient services at the Renal, Hypertension and Transplant outpatient sessions at the Rhode Island, Miriam and VA Hospitals, attend on consultation and inpatient services at the Rhode Island, Miriam, VA, Women & Infants Hospitals, and carry out many teaching activities on the University Campus, in its affiliated Hospital Centers and in the outpatient dialysis centers. Several members of the faculty direct highly successful, externally funded clinical and basic research programs that also involve students, residents, as well as nephrology and post-doctoral research fellows.