Patient Information

The Division of Nephrology provides primary care and consultative care for patients with various renal diseases. These services are offered in inpatient and outpatient settings at both the Froedtert Hospital (FH) and Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, as well as through Fresenius and DaVita outpatient dialysis units. All of our physicians and midlevel providers are committed to delivering quality care for all renal patients. Many of them are recognized and renowned clinicians, clinical science researchers, and basic science researchers. They provide care for a wide range of renal failure patients, including acute renal failure, chronic renal failure, chronic kidney disease, diabetic kidney disease, hypertension and hypertensive kidney disease, electrolyte imbalance, glomerulonephritis, cystic kidney disease and medical management of renal and pancreas transplantation.

Inpatient care for renal patients at the FH is provided through dedicated inpatient service. Comprehensive medical care is provided for renal patients, including treatment for chronic kidney disease, end stage renal failure and transplant recipients. Consultative service at the FH and VA medical center is available throughout the year for all renal and electrolyte issues for all patients admitted to our institution. Through inpatient services, specialized nephrology procedures such as hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, continuous veno-venous dialysis and renal biopsies are offered.

Outpatient clinical activities are performed at FH, several Froedtert satellite clinics, the dialysis centers and VA Medical Center. Through these clinics, primary and consultation services are available for patients with various renal diseases. Comprehensive medical management of chronic kidney disease with special focus on anemia, hypertension and bone disease treatment is provided through the CKD clinic at FH. Through this clinic, education and preparation for end stage renal failure, including information on dialysis access and selecting mode of therapy for ESRD, is provided to patients with renal failure.


Learn about anemia, a condition that happens when blood lacks healthy red blood cells.

Chronic Kidney Disease

Your nephrologist may use a classification system to describe what stage of chronic kidney disease you are at (such as Stage I, Stage II, etc.). These are universally-used, based on clinical practice guidelines on chronic kidney disease published in 2002 by the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) in the U.S., as part of its Kidney Disease Outcome Quality Initiative (K/DOQI). Patients with diseases of the kidney fall within stages 1 to 5.

Diabetic Mellitus

Diabetes is a disease in which your body does not make enough insulin or cannot use normal amounts of insulin properly.

Diet for Renal Patient

Learn about diet information for renal patients.

Electrolyte Disorders

The kidneys are involved in regulation of several key electrolytes in the body. These include potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium. These electrolytes may be too high or too low in certain settings. Key electrolyte abnormalities are discussed here.


Glomerulonephritis is the term used to describe a group of diseases that damage the part of the kidney that filters blood. When the kidney is damaged, it cannot get rid of wastes and extra fluid in the body. If the illness continues, the kidneys may stop working completely. Some other terms you may hear used are nephritis and nephrotic syndrome.


Hemodialysis removes wastes and excess fluid OUTSIDE your body. During a hemodialysis treatment, blood is removed from your body and pumped by a machine through a DIALYZER. The dialyzer acts like a filter and is the semipermeable membrane that cleans your blood.

High Blood Pressure

Your kidneys play a key role in keeping your blood pressure under control. Blood pressure, in turn, can damage your kidneys. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, can damage the kidneys.

Kidney Stones

A kidney stone is a solid piece of material that forms in the kidney out of substances in the urine.

Nocturnal Dialysis

Learn about hemodialysis, a treatment performed at night, which permits slower fluid removal.

Peritoneal Dialysis

Peritoneal dialysis (PD) cleans your blood and removes extra fluids using one of your body’s own membranes, the peritoneal membrane, as the filter.

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)

Polycystic kidney disease is a genetic condition where fluid-filled cysts develop in both kidneys. As the cysts grow and multiply, the kidneys are damaged and lose function over time.

Renal and Pancreas Transplant

A simultaneous kidney-pancreas transplant places a kidney and a pancreas – at the same time – into someone who has type 1 diabetes-related kidney failure.

Contact Us

Medical College of Wisconsin
Division of Nephrology
9200 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Nephrology Clinic
(414) 805-3100
(262) 532-9584 (fax)

Patient Appointments       
(414) 805-6633

Administrative Offices
(414) 805-9050
(414) 805-9059 (fax)

Fellowship Program
(414) 805-0438
(414) 805-0535 (fax)

Transplant Surgery
Patient Appointments
(414) 955-6920
(414) 955-6222 (fax)