Kidney Diseases

The two kidneys filter blood, take out waste, and make urine. Most kidney diseases attack the nephrons of the kidney. This damage may leave kidneys unable to remove wastes. Causes can include genetic problems, injuries, or medicines. 

Programs + Services


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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Doctors + Care Team

Ronald D. Perrone, MD

Ronald D. Perrone, MD

Accepting New Patients

Virtual Appointments Available

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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Mark J. Sarnak, MD, MS

Mark J. Sarnak, MD, MS

Accepting New Patients

Virtual Appointments Available

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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Ashtar Chami, MD

Ashtar Chami, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Medical Director, Kidney Transplant; Nephrologist
Department(s): Surgery, Kidney Transplant
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5592
Fax #:

Nephrology, kidney transplantation, belatacept in kidney transplantation

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Juliann Reardon, MD

Juliann Reardon, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Pediatric Nephrologist
Department(s): Pediatrics, Pediatric Nephrology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-7429
Fax #: 617-636-0066

Acute and chronic renal failure, hypertension, nephrotic syndrome, glomerulonephritis, urinary tract infections, kidney stones, dialysis, transplantation, fluid and electrolyte management

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Wendy I. McCallum, MD, MS

Wendy I. McCallum, MD, MS

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Nephrologist
Department(s): Medicine, Nephrology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5866
Fax #: 617-636-5866

Chronic kidney disease, hypertension, cardiovascular disease in chronic kidney disease, acute kidney injury, autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease

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Alissa Stubinski, MPAS, PA-C

Alissa Stubinski, MPAS, PA-C

Title(s): Physician Assistant
Department(s): Medicine, Nephrology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5866
Fax #: 617-636-2369

Nephrology

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Amy Kuhlik, MD

Amy Kuhlik, MD

Accepting New Patients

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

Virtual Appointments Available

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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Dana C. Miskulin, MD, MS

Dana C. Miskulin, MD, MS

Accepting New Patients

Virtual Appointments Available

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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David Drew, MD, MS

David Drew, MD, MS

Accepting New Patients

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

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, kidney stones and monoclonal gammopathy of renal significance

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Klemens B. Meyer, MD

Klemens B. Meyer, MD

Accepting New Patients

Virtual Appointments Available

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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Lesley A.  Inker, MD, MS

Lesley A. Inker, MD, MS

Accepting New Patients

Virtual Appointments Available

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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Scott J. Gilbert, MD

Scott J. Gilbert, MD

Accepting New Patients

Virtual Appointments Available

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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Research + Clinical Trials


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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A study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of Ravulizumab (ALXN1210) in patients with Thrombotic Microangiopathy (TMA) associated with a trigger 

The purpose of this trial is to see if the drug ravulizumab  is safe and effective in patients with thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA). 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 saline solution. There is a 50% chance that you will recieve the drug. You will recieve the drug or placebo for about 6 months and then have follow-up appoinments for about 6 months. 
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The MANEUVER Study: a study for patients with Diabetic Kidney Disease. 

The purpose of this clincial trial is to see if the drug CSL346 (developed by CSL Behring) is safe and effective in treating type II diabetic kidney disease.  We will look at whether the drug decreases the amount of protein in your urine. The drug is given through the vein and under the skin by research nurses under the supervision of the research doctor. 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 saline solution. There is a 50% chance that you will recieve the drug.
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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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Decision Aid for Renal Therapy: Promoting Knowledge and Autonomy in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients and Their Care-Partners

Good communication among patients, their families and loved ones, and their medical care providers is important when figuring out how to treat chronic diseases like kidney disease. A lot of people may not know their choices for how to treat kidney disease, and this can lead to rushed decisions or even a sense that there weren't any choices to make. In this study, we are trying to find out if a decision-aid program on a computer can help people with kidney disease have more confidence in their decisions and have better agreement about their decisions with their families and loved ones.
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