Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease happens when the kidneys are damaged and cannot filter blood normally. This damage can cause wastes to build up in the body.

Programs + Services


Clinical Nutrition

The Division of Clinical Nutrition at Tufts Medical Center provides inpatient and outpatient nutritional services.
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Kidney and Blood Pressure Center

The Tufts MC Kidney and Blood Pressure Center provides both one-time consultations and ongoing care for chronic or acute kidney disease and high blood pressure.
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Kidney Function Evaluation Center

The Tufts MC Kidney Function Evaluation Center provides comprehensive testing and GFR assessment to help slow the progression of chronic kidney disease.
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Kidney Transplantation

Tufts Medical Center’s Kidney Transplant Center provides specialized care, evaluation and management from our locations in Wellesley, Framingham, and Boston.
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Doctors + Care Team

Ronald D. Perrone, MD

Ronald D. Perrone, MD

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Title(s): Scientific Director, Clinical and Translational Research Center; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Nephrology, Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC)
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5866
Fax #: 617-636-2369

Polycystic kidney disease (PKD)

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Edward Saltzman, MD

Edward Saltzman, MD

Title(s): Chief, Division of Clinical Nutrition; Director, Adult Nutrition Support Services; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine; Dean for Education, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University
Department(s): Medicine, Clinical Nutrition
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Enteral and parenteral nutrition

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Mark J. Sarnak, MD, MS

Mark J. Sarnak, MD, MS

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Title(s): Chief, Division of Nephrology; Director, Research Training Program; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Nephrology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5866
Fax #: 617-636-2369

Dialysis, general nephrology, chronic kidney disease (CKD), diabetic kidney disease, glomerular disease, vasculitis, hypertension, cardiovascular disease in patients with kidney disease, acute kidney disease, acute kidney injury and kidney stones

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Scott J. Gilbert, MD

Scott J. Gilbert, MD

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Title(s): Director, Fellowship Training Program; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Nephrology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5866
Fax #: 617-636-2369

Kidney transplantation, systemic lupus erythematosus, dialysis, general nephrology, chronic kidney disease (CKD), diabetic kidney disease, glomerular disease, vasculitis, hypertension, cardiovascular disease in patients with kidney disease, acute kidney disease, acute kidney injury and kidney stones

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Andrew S. Greenberg, MD

Title(s): Endocrinologist; Dr. Robert and Veronica Atkins Professor in Metabolism and Nutrition, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Clinical Nutrition, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
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Caroline M. Hsu, MD, MS

Caroline M. Hsu, MD, MS

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Title(s): Nephrologist
Department(s): Nephrology, William B. Schwartz Division of Nephrology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5866
Fax #: 617-636-2369

Hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, end-stage kidney disease, chronic kidney disease, acute kidney injury

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Lesley A.  Inker, MD, MS

Lesley A. Inker, MD, MS

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Title(s): Director, Kidney and Blood Pressure Center; Director, Kidney Function and Evaluation Center; Director, Quality Improvement; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Nephrology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5866
Fax #: 617-636-2369

Geriatric nephrology, pregnancy, HIV-associated kidney disease, kidney transplantation, kidney donor evaluation, medical treatment for kidney failure without dialysis, kidney function evaluation (GFR), general nephrology, chronic kidney disease (CKD), diabetic kidney disease, glomerular disease, vasculitis, hypertension, cardiovascular disease in patients with kidney disease, acute kidney disease, acute kidney injury and kidney stones

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Amy Kuhlik, MD

Amy Kuhlik, MD

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Title(s): Nephrologist; Dean for Student Affairs and Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Nephrology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5866
Fax #: 617-636-2369

Pregnancy, general nephrology, chronic kidney disease (CKD), diabetic kidney disease, glomerular disease, vasculitis, hypertension, cardiovascular disease in patients with kidney disease, acute kidney disease, acute kidney injury and kidney stones

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Andrew S. Levey, MD

Andrew S. Levey, MD

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Title(s): Chief Emeritus, Division of Nephrology; Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine; Dr. Gerald J and Dorothy R. Friedman Professor Emeritus, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Nephrology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5866
Fax #: 617-636-2369

Kidney function evaluation (GFR), chronic kidney disease (CKD), diabetic kidney disease, glomerular disease, systemic lupus erythematosus, vasculitis, hypertension, cardiovascular disease in patients with kidney disease, acute kidney disease, acute kidney injury and kidney stones

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Joel B. Mason, MD

Joel B. Mason, MD

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Title(s): Gastroenterologist; Professor, Tufts University Schools of Medicine and Friedman School of Nutritional Science and Policy; Senior Scientist and Director, Vitamins and Carcinogenesis Laboratory, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University
Department(s): Medicine, Clinical Nutrition, Gastroenterology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5883
Fax #: 617-636-1480

Malabsorption and unintentional weight loss, Inflammatory bowel disease, nutritional aspects of gastrointestinal disease, home nutritional therapy, enteral and parenteral nutrition

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Klemens B. Meyer, MD

Klemens B. Meyer, MD

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Title(s): Medical Director, Dialysis Clinic, Inc., Boston and Walden Pond, Concord, MA; Director Dialysis Services, Tufts Medical Center; Medical Director for Home Dialysis, Dialysis Clinics, Inc, Somerville, MA; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Nephrology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5866
Fax #: 617-636-5539

Dialysis, home dialysis, medical treatment for kidney failure without dialysis, general nephrology, chronic kidney disease (CKD), diabetic kidney disease, glomerular disease, vasculitis, hypertension, cardiovascular disease in patients with kidney disease, acute kidney disease, acute kidney injury and kidney stones

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Dana C. Miskulin, MD, MS

Dana C. Miskulin, MD, MS

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Title(s): Nephrologist; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Nephrology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5866
Fax #: 617-636-2369

Polycystic kidney disease (PKD), dialysis, home dialysis, general nephrology, chronic kidney disease (CKD), diabetic kidney disease, glomerular disease, vasculitis, hypertension, cardiovascular disease in patients with kidney disease, acute kidney disease, acute kidney injury and kidney stones

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Research + Clinical Trials


The AFFINITY Study: A trial for patients with kidney disease caused by Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), Immunoglobulin A (IgA) Nephropathy, Diabetic Kidney Diseases (DKD), or Alport Syndrome. 

The purpose of this clinical trial is to see if the drug atrasentan is safe and effective in treating IgAN, FSGS, DKD, and Alport Syndrome. 

The study is comprised of an optional pre-screening period, screening, treatment, and follow-up periods. If you qualify, you will receive the study drug Atrasentan for up to 1 year. 
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The ALIGN Study: A study for patients with the kidney disease Immunoglobulin A (IgA) Nephropathy.

The purpose of this clinical trial is to see if the drug atrasentan is safe and effective in treating IgAN. We will look at whether the drug decreases the protein levels in your urine.

The study is comprised of an optional pre-screening period, a screening period, a treatment period and a follow-up period. If you qualify, you will receive either the study drug Atrasenten or placebo for up to 2.5 years. 
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The FIND-CKD Study: a trial for patients with non-diabetic chronic kidney disease.

The purpose of this clinical trial is to see if the drug Finerenone is safe and effective in patients with in participants with non-diabetic chronic kidney disease. Additionally, while finerenone has been approved for other patient populations, this study will collect additional safety information about finerenone to determine how it affects the body.
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The TRACTION Study: A study for patients with kidney disease caused by Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and Treatment-Resistant Minimal Change Disease

This study looks at whether the drug  GFB-887 (developed by Goldfinch Bio) can slow the progression of kidney disease in patients with FSGS and treatment-resistant minimal change disease. The drug works similarly to drugs called calcineurin inhibitors (aka CNIs, such as tacrolimus or cyclosporine) but without some of the side effects those drugs can have. This study is double blind and placebo controlled, meaning that neither you nor the study team will know if you are assigned to take the real drug or a fake pill. Once you complete this study, you will have the option to enroll in an additional study where all participants receive the drug. 

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Development of a Serum Quality Control Pool for Kidney Function Biomarkers

The main aim of this research study is to create materials to make sure that one of the blood
tests we use to measure kidney function are correct. The College of American Pathologists (CAP) surveys
laboratories as part of their proficiency testing program. This survey involves sending out quality control (QC)
samples to clinical laboratories who measure this in patient to make sure that their results are accurate.
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