Academic and Clinical Excellence

Our division offers educational programs and clinical research opportunities in conjunction with the clinical care provided at The University of Vermont Medical Center.

Our faculty has expertise in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of patients with acute and chronic kidney disease, high blood pressure, kidney stones, fluid and electrolytes disorders, and the medical management of kidney transplantation.

Research & Education

We pursue excellence in patient care through the improvement of understanding of the disease processes, and the development of new strategies in the treatment of individuals with kidney disease.

The advancement of science is dependent upon a commitment to education. Our two-year nephrology fellowship program gives fellows the opportunity to acquire solid training from our faculty physcians in the care of patients with kidney diseases, and in basic or clinical research.

News from the
Department of Medicine

Katharine Cheung with patient

Faculty Showcase

Katharine Cheung, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Renal Supportive Care

Renal supportive care (also known as renal palliative care) is an extra layer of support that can be provided to all patients with serious kidney disease. The goal of renal supportive care is to attend to the symptoms of kidney disease including itching, fatigue, sleep disturbance, nausea and pain, to name a few. Supportive care also focuses on what is most important to the patient and family to create a care plan that alleviates suffering, addresses fears and worries and helps patients to live the best quality of life possible. This can be provided in the clinic, dialysis unit or while in the hospital.