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Division chief: Nasrollah Ghahramani, MD, MS 

Division overview: The Division of Nephrology at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a leader in providing quality medical care to the central Pennsylvania community and beyond, advancing care through innovative research and training tomorrow’s doctors and scientists.

The division consists of clinical faculty members, basic scientists, advanced practice providers, clinical fellows and administrators. It offers clinical care in the inpatient and outpatient settings to patients with a variety of kidney diseases. In addition to general nephrology clinics, clinical providers see patients in specialized clinics focused on glomerulonephritis, hypertension, metabolic stone diseases, transplantation and early chronic kidney disease. The division provides all types of dialysis in approximately 10 dialysis units in the region.

The division’s education programs include undergraduate summer research programs, pre-clinical and clinical medical student courses, graduate medical training for residents and subspecialty training for nephrology fellows. The Nephrology Fellowship prepares the trainee for clinical or academic adult nephrology. The program also trains clinician-scientists to become competitive clinical researchers. Clinical training covers a full array of experiences in acute and chronic kidney diseases through inpatient consultation service, and outpatient clinics. Fellows gain expertise in hemodialysis, chronic peritoneal dialysis and continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT and CRRT/MARS), as well evaluation and follow-up of kidney transplant recipients and donors.

The division’s faculty members are recognized for their laboratory and clinical research into the causes and treatments of kidney disease, as well as various types of patient-oriented research. Current topics of specific interest include mechanisms underlying renal fibrogenesis; natural history of acute kidney injury; peer-led mentoring program for patients with chronic kidney disease and their caregivers; and geographic disparities in kidney disease management.

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