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Clinical Nutrition

The Division of Clinical Nutrition at Tufts Medical Center provides inpatient and outpatient nutritional services.
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Weight and Wellness Center

The Weight and Wellness Center at Tufts Medical Center offers a top weight loss program that includes surgical and medical weight loss options to patients.
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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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Medical Weight Loss

The Medical Weight Loss Program at Tufts Medical Center is aimed at achieving long-term weight loss through medical, nutritional and lifestyle changes.
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Surgical Weight Loss

The Surgical Weight Loss Program at Tufts Medical Center in Boston offers minimally invasive weight loss surgery options including gastric bypass.
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Doctors + Care Team

Andrew S. Levey, MD

Andrew S. Levey, MD

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

Systemic lupus erythematosus, 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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Ronald D. Perrone, MD

Ronald D. Perrone, MD

Title(s): Scientific Director, Clinical and Translational Research Center; Associate Chief, Division of Nephrology; Medical Director, Kidney Transplantation; 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), kidney transplantation

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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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Amy Kuhlik, MD

Amy Kuhlik, MD

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. Greenberg, MD

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
Appt. Phone: 617-556-3144
Fax #: 617-556-3224

Obesity, lipid disorders, diabetes, general endocrinology

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Dana C. Miskulin, MD, MS

Dana C. Miskulin, MD, MS

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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Joel B. Mason, MD

Joel B. Mason, MD

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

Nutritional aspects of gastrointestinal disease, home nutritional therapy, enteral and parenteral nutrition, nutrition and cancer prevention

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Klemens B. Meyer, MD

Klemens B. Meyer, MD

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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Laura K. Snydman, MD
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Laura K. Snydman, MD

Title(s): Director of Medical Student Clerkships; Primary Care Physician; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Internal Medicine and Adult Primary Care
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5400
Fax #: 617-636-9712

Internal medicine, adult primary care, medical education, medical weight management

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Lesley A.  Inker, MD, MS

Lesley A. Inker, MD, MS

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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Madhumathi Rao, MD, FRCP(E)

Madhumathi Rao, MD, FRCP(E)

Title(s): Medical Director, Dialysis Clinic Inc., Walden Pond, Concord, MA; Nephrologist; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Nephrology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5866
Fax #: 617-636-2369

Bone biopsy, bone disease, mineral metabolism abnormalities, genetics, 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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Mark J. Sarnak, MD, MS

Mark J. Sarnak, MD, MS

Title(s): Director of Research; Associate 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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Michael E. Tarnoff, MD

Michael E. Tarnoff, MD

Title(s): Surgeon; Adjunct Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery, General Surgery
Appt. Phone: 617-636-6093
Fax #: 617-636-9095

General surgery, advanced laparoscopic surgery, obesity surgery

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Richard D. Siegel, MD
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Richard D. Siegel, MD

Title(s): Co-Director, Diabetes and Lipid Center; Endocrinologist; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Clinical Nutrition, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5689
Fax #: 617-636-4719

Diabetes, obesity, inpatient and outpatient diabetes, general endocrinology

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Sajani N. Shah, MD

Sajani N. Shah, MD

Title(s): Surgeon; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery, General Surgery
Appt. Phone: 617-636-6093
Fax #: 617-636-9095

General surgery, laparoscopic surgery, obesity surgery, trauma surgery

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Scott J. Gilbert, MD

Scott J. Gilbert, MD

Title(s): Director, Fellowship Training Program; Associate 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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Research + Clinical Trials


Renal Denervation Using the Vessix Renal Denervation System for the Treatment of Hypertension

The REDUCE HTN: REINFORCE study is testing a new procedure that could treat high blood pressure.  This procedure is called renal (kidney) denervation.  The study will be evaluating patients that have high blood pressure when they do not take medications. The study will compare the blood pressure of people who undergo the study procedure (renal denervation) with the blood pressure of those who undergo a sham procedure (a renal angiogram that will not include the renal denervation). The study’s purpose is to collect data about the safety and effectiveness of this renal denervation (disabling of kidney nerves) treatment for patients with uncontrolled hypertension.

The Vessix™ Renal Denervation System consists of a catheter (a thin tube) and a radio frequency (RF) generator (power generator).  The procedure involves the nerves that surround the blood vessel (artery) that supplies blood to the kidney (kidney artery). The generator sends energy through the kidney artery to disable the surrounding nerves. These nerves have a role in causing the kidneys to keep sodium (salt) in the body and in causing the amount of blood flowing into the filters in the kidney to be lower. These two things, among others, can then cause high blood pressure.  By disabling these nerves, the Vessix system aims to reduce the amount of salt kept in the body and therefore reduce blood pressure in the body.

Renal denervation is not a treatment currently used for high blood pressure management in the U.S.  The device is investigational in the United States. It is not approved by the U.S. FDA. The sponsor of this study is Boston Scientific Corporation.  

The study will include 100 subjects at up to 20 hospitals in the US (about 20 of these subjects will be enrolled at Tufts Medical Center). About 67 people of the 100 total will get the renal denervation procedure (study group) and about 33 people will get a “sham” procedure (control group). People will be randomly selected to one or the other group.  The doctor doing the procedure will know which group you are in when he is doing the procedure. Your Study Doctor will tell you whether you received the renal denervation procedure or the sham procedure at your 6 month follow-up visit. Until then, neither you nor your Study Doctor will know which procedure you received. The sham procedure is done to get data that is not influenced by knowing what procedure you received.
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