Kidney Care

Also known as Nephrology

Compassionate, comprehensive care for kidney disorders

Expert Care for Kidney Disorders

Your kidneys are two of your most important organs. They clean your blood, help regulate your blood pressure and control up to 20 percent of the blood pumped to your heart.

To keep your kidneys working well, you need the best care. Our board-certified kidney doctors (nephrologists) at Mount Auburn Hospital provide the comprehensive care to diagnose and treat your kidney disease.

Chronic and Acute Kidney Disease

When you have kidney disease, your kidneys cannot filter and clean your blood effectively. They also lose the ability to remove waste and extra fluid from your body. This loss of function happens over time with chronic kidney disease. Acute kidney disease — also called acute kidney failure — develops quickly over a few days.

Treatment for Kidney Disease

If you develop chronic or acute kidney disease, you may need a specialized treatment called dialysis. Dialysis is a process that helps clear waste and remove excess fluid from your body. Our nephrologists at Mount Auburn Hospital offer two types of dialysis:

  • Hemodialysis (a treatment that pumps your blood through an artificial kidney machine to clean it before returning it to your body)
  • Peritoneal dialysis (a treatment that uses the inner lining of your belly as a natural filter)

In addition to follow-up services and ongoing clinical care, our specialists can provide referrals for biopsies and kidney transplants.

Conditions We Treat

Our nephrologists have expertise in treating these conditions:
  • Acid-base disorders
  • Anemia due to kidney problems
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Diabetic kidney disease (diabetic nephropathy)
  • Electrolyte disorders (including hyponatremia)
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Hypertension
  • Kidney failure
  • Kidney stones (recurring)
  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Renal artery stenosis

Our Kidney Care Experts

Jill A. Melendez Young, MD, MS
Jill A. Melendez Young, MD, MS Chief, Division of Nephrology Specialty Nephrology
Elizabeth Phipps, DO
Elizabeth Phipps, DO Specialty Nephrology
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Ruth M. Schulman, MD Specialty Internal Medicine, Nephrology
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Naomi S. Shin, MD Specialty Internal Medicine, Nephrology

Services & Specialists

Some existing health conditions can make your kidney disease worse. Your kidney problems may also cause symptoms that need additional treatment. Our nephrologists work with other providers at Mount Auburn Hospital to get you the care you need.

Make an Appointment

To speak with a member of our team, please give us a call.