The increasing prevalence of renal disease and the continuing “epidemic” of hypertension in the Bureau’s patient population have increased clinical demands on the Division of Nephrology/Hypertension. In 2004, the division managed approximately 6000 renal clinic visits, 1000 new inpatient consults (and 8000 inpatient consult-days), 7000 dialysis treatments (including 2000 acute hospital dialyses) and a large number of renal biopsies. The division maintains close ties with chronic dialysis facilities city-wide and other Bureau institutions, providing “24-7” consultations within and beyond the bureau. Close ties with ASC, GMC, the Diabetes Network and the CORE Center facilitate multidisciplinary care of many patients with early (or high risk for) renal disease.
The Division of Nephrology/Hypertension offers a combined fellowship with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).