Ranked 32nd in U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals 2018-2019, the Division of Nephrology consists of 16 full-time clinical and research faculty, a nurse practitioner, two RNs, and one physician assistant. With a commitment locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, the Division of Nephrology serves the needs of a diverse adult nephrology patient population. Conversely, training and educating future physicians and remaining a leader in the field of nephrology, hypertension, and clinical pharmacology research are one of the passions of the faculty in the Division of Nephrology. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) education and its treatment modalities are an integral part of the teaching curriculum in the Division of Nephrology.
Clinical and basic research interests are varied and encompass renal pharmacology, cardiorenal and hepatorenal syndrome, hypertension, hemostasis in dialysis patients, whole animal research in intravascular volume regulation, molecular biology of mesangial cells and mechanisms of sodium transport. Faculty possesses advanced knowledge in the areas of renal therapies, transplantation and dialysis.
The Division of Nephrology serves central Virginia's clinical nephrology needs while educating future physicians and remaining on the cutting edge of nephrology and clinical pharmacology research.
The division supports an active clinical inpatient and outpatient service at VCU Medical Center and Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center. Daily consult and ward rounds are attended by faculty, housestaff, students and fellows. Two outpatient and two inpatient dialysis facilities are supported by the faculty. Housestaff and fellows actively participate in the dialysis units at both institutions. The division also supports an active renal transplantation program.
The nephrology division works in conjunction with the following sections/programs:
- Renal section of the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center Headed by George Feldman, MD
- Kidney and Pancreas Transplant program Headed by Anne King, MD
- Clinical pharmacology and hypertension section Headed by Domenic Sica, MD
The mission of the Division of Nephrology at the VCU Medical Center is to provide outstanding and compassionate care to patients, excellent teaching and training to fellows, residents, interns, and housestaff and remain a global leader in the advancement of research in order to provide effective treatment modalities in the fight against chronic kidney disease.
The vision of the Division of Nephrology at the VCU Medical Center is to mentor and impart knowledge into future physicians in that they may become productive clinicians, academicians and researchers.
The Division of Nephrology at the VCU Medical Center believes each and every patient should be recognized and valued as a human being and treated with courtesy, compassion and respect.
- Monika Aggarwal, MD (VAMC)
- Susan R. DiGiovanni, MD
- Imran Fatani, MD
- George Feldman, MD (VAMC)
- Todd W.B. Gehr, MD - Division Chair
- Siddhartha S. Ghosh, PhD
- Andinet B. Gizaw, MD
- Gaurav Gupta, MD
- Layla Kamal, MD
- Jason M. Kidd, MD
- Anne L. King, MD
- Dhiren Kumar, MD
- Nilang Patel, MD (VAMC)
- Elizabeth B. Ripley, MD, MS
- Domenic A. Sica, MD
- Anna K. Vinnikova, MD
Nephrology outpatient clinics are located both on and off campus. A comprehensive range of diseases affecting the kidneys, including Hypertension, hematuria, proteinuria, chronic kidney disease (CKD), nephrotic syndrome, glomerulonephritis, system lupus erythematosus (SLE), POTS, kidney stones and Fabry’s disease. Physicians also round at two free-standing outpatient dialysis facilities located within the community.
- General Nephrology
- Resistant Hypertension
- Kidney Stones
- POTS Disease
- Renal Pharmacology
- Diabetic Nephropathy
- Glomerular Disease
- SLE-Related Kidney Disease
- Fabry Disease
- Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy
- Acute Renal Failure
- Home Dialysis
- Frequent Daily Dialysis
- Renal and Pancreas Transplantation
- Cardiorenal Syndrome
- Hepatorenal Syndrome
- Electrolyte Disturbances
- Management of the Highly Sensitized Patient for Renal Transplantation
- Antibody mediated rejection
The Division of Nephrology at VCU is pleased to provide specialized care in glomerular diseases at VCU Health.
Glomerular disease are a leading cause of end stage kidney disease. Glomerular disease refers to diseases that can affect the filters of the kidney causing kidney damage and ultimately kidney failure.
The clinic offers special care for patients with the following diseases:
- IgA nephropathy
- Membranous Glomerulonephritis
- Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS)
- Minimal Change Disease
- ANCA associated vasculitis
- Goodpasture’s syndrome
- Lupus nephritis
- Membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis
- Kidney disease due to amyloidosis and myeloma
Our clinic offers:
- Initial consultations
- Can provide second opinions and work with your nephrologist
- Can arrange kidney biopsies
- Works with a pathologist specializing in kidney diseases and other providers including Rheumatologists to formulate treatment plans
- Recommend or prescribe treatments for your kidney disease
VCU also participates in studies and trials in glomerular diseases, including:
- CureGN: Cure Glomerulonephropathy is a multicenter cohort study of glomerular diseases funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) at the National Institutes for Health (NIH). The CureGN project will study 2400 patients with the following glomerular diseases: minimal change disease (MCD), focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), membranous nephropathy (MN), and IgA nephropathy (IgA).
- FirstX: a clinical trial studying the safety and efficacy of a new therapy called CXA-10 to treat focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS).
Patients can be seen at our downtown location (Ambulatory Care Center, 417 N 11th Street) or at VCU Health at Mayland by Dr. Jason Kidd.
To make an appointment, please call: 804-828-9682, press 4 and then 3. Ask to be scheduled in the Glomerular Diseases Clinic. If you have questions, please contact us.
Faculty within the Division of Nephrology are active in a wide range of research.
- Quality of Life and Daily Hemodialysis
- Novel Treatments of Acute Renal Failure
- Novel Treatments of Resistant Hypertension
- Scientific Integrity, Research Ethics
- Hemodynamic Effects of Paracentesis in Cirrhotic Patients
- Novel Treatments to Prevent Rejection in Renal Transplantation
- Biomarkers in the Detection of Allograft Rejection and Ischemia
Basic Research Interests
- Mechanisms of Salt Taste Transmission
- Similarity Between Salt Transporters in Tongue and Kidne
- Animal Models of Chronic Kidney Disease
- The Effect of Curcumin in the Amelioration of Progressive Kidney Dysfunction
- Animal Models of Hepatorenal Syndrome
- Mechanisms of Chronic Allograft Nephropathy
Division of Nephrology
1101 East Marshall Street
Richmond, Virginia 23298
Todd W. Gehr, M.D.
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0160
Phone: (804) 827-1746
Fax: (804) 828-7567
Rebecca Vokes, MHA
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0111
Phone: (804) 828-6866