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Long Island's Premier Nephrology (Kidney Disease) Division

The division of nephrology at Winthrop-University Hospital is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for patients with kidney disorders, helping to maintain their health and well-being, and carrying out research focusing on improving the care of patients with kidney disease. That's why US News and World Report named Winthrop one of the premier regional hospitals for nephrology in 2013-2014.

Nephrology/Kidney Disease Research

Kidney disease is a serious and debilitating condition affecting 1 in every 10 people. An estimated 30 million Americans have chronic kidney disease, which can potentially lead to kidney failure. More than 100,000 US residents are diagnosed with kidney failure annually. With the population aging, end-stage renal disease (ESRD) is increasing dramatically, and diabetes is the single biggest cause of this problem. While advanced treatments and improved dialysis technology have extended survival over the past 20 years, more people are living with this debilitating and costly disease than ever. Their hope lies in research, and Winthrop-University Hospital scientists conduct research that is placing the hospital at the cutting edge of new advances in nephrology. Their work covers a wide range of areas, including renal physiology, renal cell biology, refractory hypertension, ESRD, electrolyte disorders, hyponatremia and renal artery stenosis. Studies include:

  • Treatment of kidney disease and prevention of kidney disease
  • Vitamin D metabolism in kidney disease
  • Anemia in chronic kidney disease
  • Disorders of sodium and water balance
  • Improvements in dialysis treatment
  • New methods of iron treatment in kidney disease
  • Effects of diabetes treatment and metabolism on risk for kidney damage

Long Island Nephrology Doctors on the Front Lines of Kidney Disease Research

Winthrop-University Hospital is proud to be home to local Long Island nephrologists who are in the forefront of kidney disease research including:

  • John Maesaka, M.D.
  • Shayan Shirazian, M.D.