About Nephrology

Nephrology is a medical specialty dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease. A nephrologist is a physician who has specialized training in kidney functioning and can be seen for a variety of reasons, including acute renal failure; chronic kidney disease; renal lab abnormalities such as abnormal creatinine in the urine, protein in the urine or blood in the urine; history of kidney stones; cysts in the kidney; genetic kidney problems such as polycystic kidney disease; and hypertension due to hormonal abnormalities (symptoms include leg swelling and shortness of breath).

In order to treat kidney problems and the conditions that affect the kidneys (such as diabetes), UNM SRMC offers the following services:

  • Post renal transplant care
  • Post pancreas transplant care
  • Kidney biopsy referrals
  • 24-hour urine evaluation – measures the amount of protein released in the urine, how much creatinine is cleared through the kidneys, overall urine output and electrolyte handling in the kidney
  • Secondary hypertension control (for hypertension related to kidney disease)
  • Pre-dialysis care and counseling
  • Dialysis referral – although we do not provide outpatient dialysis in our clinics, our nephrologists will refer you to a dialysis center.  Our nephrologists travel to many of these centers to provide dialysis care for their patients

UNM SRMC’s Nephrology Clinic works in conjunction with the Division of Nephrology at the University of New Mexico’s School of Medicine. For more information about nephrology at UNM, please visit their website.

Please note that our clinic only accepts patients over the age of 18 and we do not see patients with active kidney stones. If you need to see a medical specialist for the treatment of currently present kidney stones, please make an appointment with one of our urologists.

Making an Appointment

Our Nephrology Clinic offers appointments every Wednesday and Thursday. To make an appointment, please call 505.994.7397.

For your appointment: Please remember to bring relevant medical records and a current list of all medications.

For more information about nephrology and kidney disease, please visit the National Kidney Foundation.