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Kidney and Blood Pressure Center

Overview

Why is my kidney health so important?

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) can progress slowly with no symptoms and may cause complications in many systems in the body. That's why it's crucial to carefully manage your kidney health.

The experts of the Kidney Blood Pressure Center at Tufts Medical Center offer a full suite of services to slow the progression of CKD. Our physicians pay close attention to details like the amount of protein in your urine, your daily medications and your diet. This information helps us adapt your care plan to fit your individual needs.

Founded in 1950, our program was the first clinic in Boston devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease and hypertension. Today, our services include:

How does high blood pressure affect my body?

Managing your blood pressure is an important part of keeping your whole body healthy. High blood pressure, or hypertension, puts stress on your blood vessels, including the ones in your heart, brain and kidneys. This can lead to heart disease, stroke, chronic kidney disease (CKD), kidney damage and even kidney failure.

Our physicians are experts at diagnosing the cause of hypertension. Knowing why you have high blood pressure helps us personalize your care plan from the beginning so that you avoid serious complications and stay healthy.

A multidisciplinary approach to managing CKD

Because CKD affects so many of your body's systems, we work closely with your entire health care team. Within Tufts MC, we have close ties with the Division of Transplant Surgery, Department of Urology, Division of Cardiology, outpatient dialysis unit and Frances Stern Nutrition Center.

Our multidisciplinary care teams work together to:

  • Diagnose your condition.
  • Monitor your ongoing kidney health.
  • Determine your risk for heart disease and other complications.

A team of leaders

Lesley Inker, MD became Director of the Kidney and Blood Pressure Center in 2012. As an expert in kidney evaluation, she has pioneered new methods for estimating kidney function more accurately.

Dr. Inker works with organizations like the National Kidney Foundation and the National Kidney Disease Education Program (sponsored by the National Institutes of Health) to improve the understanding, detection and management of kidney disease.

Our team includes specialists from across the Nephrology Division, and we provide expert care for all aspects of renal health.

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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David Drew, MD, MS

David Drew, MD, MS

Title(s): Nephrologist; Instructor, 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 and kidney stones

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Seth Wright, MD

Seth Wright, MD

Title(s): Nephrologist; Assistant 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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Helpful Links

Andrew S. Levey, MD, Chief of Nephrology at Tufts Medical Center.

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