The Division of Kidney Disease and Hypertension at The GW Medical Faculty Associates is dedicated to the comprehensive and personalized care of kidney and kidney-pancreas transplant patients.
Currently, approximately 400,000 patients with kidney disease are on dialysis. While dialysis does offer life sustaining treatments for those without sufficient kidney function, kidney transplantation is the optimal treatment for this patient population. Healthy kidneys for transplantation can be from a living or deceased donor.
Immunosuppressive medications are required to prevent rejection of the transplanted kidney. The transplant nephrologist is specially trained to identify the appropriate candidate to undergo transplantation, choose and optimize the immunosuppressive medications, and manage specific transplant related complications, such as opportunistic infections, malignancy, and heart disease.
A Multidisciplinary Team
The clinic works collaboratively with Transplant Surgery and other medical specialties including Cardiology, Hematology-Oncology, Gastroenterology and Infectious Disease.
The clinic offers the following services:
- Evaluation for kidney and pancreas transplant recipient
- Living donor work up
- Optimizing immunosuppression
- Treatment of rejection
- Management of BK virus and other infections
- Screening for post-transplant malignancy
- Transplant kidney biopsy
The clinic is led by Muralidharan Jagadeesan, MD, FACP,FASN.