Compassionate care for end-stage renal disease
You're used to managing your chronic kidney disease (CKD), but starting a dialysis regimen means facing a new set of challenges. Whatever the cause of your kidney failure, you may be concerned that dialysis will keep you from doing the things you enjoy.
Tufts Medical Center has provided outpatient dialysis care in downtown Boston since 1971. We are very proud of our affiliation with Dialysis Clinic, Inc. (DCI) the nation’s leading non-profit dialysis organization, with which we have operated the outpatient dialysis program since 1986. Our doctors and nurses – some of whom have more than 25 years of specialized experience – are dedicated to supporting your independence and activity while helping you to choose the best treatment, and to make it a success.
Our services include:
- In-center and home hemodialysis (in which blood is filtered through a machine)
- Home peritoneal dialysis (in which blood is filtered through your abdominal tissue)
- Treatment options for patients who choose not to be treat their kidney disease by dialysis or transplantation
- Home dialysis education and training
In addition, we collaborate with our colleagues in the Nephrology Division and across Tufts MC to coordinate services like dialysis access surgery and transplant donor matching.
Will my dialysis regimen take over my life?
We understand dialysis treatments are complex and time-consuming. That's why our doctors, nurses and technicians work with you to find a regimen that is right for your condition, health history and lifestyle.
Home dialysis gives many patients the freedom to continue their everyday activities. We provide education and support related to home dialysis through our affiliation with Dialysis Clinic, Inc., a national, nonprofit medical corporation.
This longstanding partnership is seamless to patients and enables us to offer a full suite of home dialysis services, including peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis. Besides offering greater flexibility, these services are gentler on your body than in-center dialysis because they're done more frequently.
A convenient location for in-center dialysis
Our in-center dialysis clinic is conveniently located at Tufts MC, right next to the Nephrology Division. This means you can see your doctor more frequently and build strong relationships with your entire care team.
With 21 stations, we have one of the area's largest in-clinic facilities. And yet, our unit has a more intimate feel than many dialysis centers. Recognizing that some people choose in-center dialysis in part to connect with other ESRD patients, we've arranged our stations in intimate alcoves that let you relax and chat during treatments.
Our patients spend a lot of time with us, and we want them to feel at home. That's why we welcome guests and also why we've always allowed patients to eat during treatments. We believe nutrition is an important part of dialysis treatments — and the latest research is proving we're right.
Our patients tell us the atmosphere in our unit is calm, comforting and welcoming; we hope you'll feel that way, too.
Meet your dialysis team
At DCI Boston, the Tufts Medical Center-DCI team takes a collaborative approach to make every aspect of your care exceptional.
Klemens Meyer, MD has served as our medical director since 1992. He has devoted his career to not only caring for patients with advanced CKD but also empowering them to make choices about their own treatment. His research interests include improving quality of life for people with kidney failure, and using computers to improve the quality of their care.
Dr. Meyer has chaired the Board of Directors of the ESRD Network of New England and served as President of the National Forum of ESRD Networks. In 2006, he was given the Gift of Life Award by the National Kidney Foundation of MA, RI, NH & VT.
In addition to our award-winning physicians, our team includes three nurse managers and a nurse educator. Our entire team is devoted to care that is both technically and personally excellent — we like to say our care is both high-tech and high-touch.