If you need support to manage your kidney disease, you can trust Emory Clinic’s nephrology care team. You’ll receive advanced diagnosis and treatment from an experienced team of nephrologists (kidney specialists), nurses and other health-care professionals.

We understand the science of your kidney function — in fact, as part of an academic medical center, we’re leaders in research. The same doctors treating you for your kidney condition can also be found in our labs leading research and clinical trials or in our classrooms training the next generation of specialists. With access to the latest and most innovative treatments available, you can be sure in you’re in good hands.

Types of kidney disease

Acute kidney failure happens suddenly. Chronic kidney disease means your kidneys don’t function properly over time. Causes for both can include certain medications, infection, severe trauma or diseases such as diabetes. In fact, about 40 percent of all kidney disease is related to diabetes. Other conditions that can cause kidney disease include high blood pressure and autoimmune diseases such as lupus.

Emory Clinic’s nephrology team treats kidney diseases including:

  • Kidney reflux – The bladder pushes urine back up into the kidneys
  • Kidney cancer
  • Kidney stones
  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Pyelonephritis – Bacterial infection of the kidneys
  • Renal artery stenosis – Arteries to the kidneys can narrow, causing high blood pressure 
  • End Stage Renal Disease

Comprehensive care and team approach

Emory Clinic’s nephrology team will be with you ever step of the way – from diagnosis to prevention of further kidney damage to helping you manage your everyday symptoms.

And, since your kidneys control many body functions such as blood pressure, red blood cell production, chemical balance and bone health — we’ll also pull in doctors with different medical expertise when necessary. We’ll make sure you have all the right doctors on your team to meet your specific needs.


Depending on your condition, you may manage kidney disease symptoms with medication and diet, dialysis or kidney transplant.


Dialysis uses artificial systems to cleanse your blood. There are two types of dialysis:

  • Hemodialysis – With hemodialysis, your blood is removed from your body in an outpatient center and passed through a special filter to cleanse it. The purified blood is then returned to your body through your blood vessels.
  • Peritoneal dialysis – With peritoneal dialysis, a catheter is surgically implanted in your abdomen to function as a dialysis device.

There are advantages to both types of dialysis. Your care team will explain the details. Together, you can decide if dialysis is the best option for you and which is more fitting with your lifestyle.

Kidney transplant

Kidney transplant is a surgical procedure that replaces your failed kidney with a healthy donated one.

If you suspect you have kidney disease, don’t hesitate to see a doctor. Careful management of your kidney disease and its symptoms can help prevent further damage. Call 404-778-2000 to make an appointment or get more information about Emory Clinic Nephrology.