Kidney Disease and Nephrology

Whether you have kidney stones, high blood pressure or need dialysis, Nuvance Health nephrologists work to restore and balance your kidney function.

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If you face kidney disease, you are not alone. Turn to the nephrologists at Nuvance Health® for help managing and treating what ails you, however common or complex. We use a team approach and knowledgeable support to provide you with a wide range of kidney care options.

Kidney Disease and Nephrology at Nuvance Health: Why Choose Us?

The kidneys remove waste and excess fluid from your blood. They also maintain the balance of essential minerals that regulate the body’s fluids (electrolytes) and release hormones that help manage your blood pressure. If you experience difficulties with your kidneys, turn to Nuvance Health doctors who specialize in renal care (nephrologists). Whatever your stage of kidney disease, you receive excellent care that aims to maintain your quality of life. You receive:

  • Full support:
    The team works closely with you to identify how best to manage and treat your kidney issues. We provide you the latest techniques and effective strategies.
  • Convenience:
    Access the support of Nuvance Health hospital medical teams and dialysis centers close to home. You get advanced care without having to travel far.
  • Team approach:
    Specialists partner with you to navigate treatment and lifestyle management of your kidney issues. We help you coordinate care with your primary care doctor, assist with dialysis and more.
  • Connected care:
    Choosing Nuvance Health means your care is coordinated through a single electronic medical record. You and you doctors access the database for streamlined health management.

Coordinated care that meets your needs

We have a transplant fellowship-trained nephrologist on staff as well as doctors specially trained in kidney medicine, using advanced diagnostic tests and therapies to meet your needs and lifestyle goals. We also partner with your primary care physician and urologist to help restore and balance your kidney function.

Focused treatment for a range of issues

If you have chronic kidney disease (CKD), the nephrologist monitors your kidneys over time. We may also treat other related issues, such as diabetes or lupus. You access treatment for a range of issues, including:

  • Acute, chronic and end-stage kidney disease
  • Blood mineral (electrolyte) issues
  • Diabetes
  • Electrolyte disorders
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Kidney stones
  • Polycystic kidney disease (an inherited disorder that involves cysts)
  • Protein or blood in the urine
  • Conditions that can accompany kidney transplant, including infections and circulation problems

Treatment options may include:

  • Apheresis (removal of a blood component such as plasma to treat an illness)
  • Dialysis (a process used to clean your blood)

Supportive care for chronic kidney disease

When you have chronic kidney disease (CKD), you may not feel like yourself. Common symptoms include anemia, bone disease, heart disease, high potassium, high calcium and fluid buildup.


Regular visits and support from your nephrologist help you deal with CKD. You receive knowledgeable support that may include medication and lifestyle adjustments to help you avoid the need for dialysis.


If you have kidney failure, the nephrologist works closely with your primary care doctor and other specialists to help you receive treatment and manage symptoms. We coordinate care, so you don’t have to.

Comfortable dialysis services close to home

The Nelson Gelfman Dialysis Unit at Danbury Hospital offers a comfortable setting and convenient location, so you don’t travel far. Treatments you may receive to clean your blood include:

  • Hemodialysis
  • Peritoneal dialysis (CAPD)
  • Continuous cycling peritoneal dialysis (CCPD)
  • Isolation treatments