The UAMS Kidney Center is staffed by specially trained physicians called nephrologists, who are experts in a wide range of problems relating to the kidneys. If you are living with a kidney (renal) disorder, our physicians, dialysis experts and other medical professionals can help you improve your quality of life.
UAMS nephrologists are board certified to help patients manage all stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Our patient education program will help you learn more about the strategies we use to slow the progression of your disease and about options for dialysis therapy or kidney transplantation if they become necessary. We are one of only a few programs in Arkansas that provide training and support for patients receiving home hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis.
The center provides comprehensive care for other kidney-related diseases, such as:
We also care for patients with:
- Uncontrolled hypertension
- Electrolyte or acid-base abnormalities
The Center provides the latest in specialized treatments, including:
- Anemia management
- Kidney-associated bone disease therapies
- Infusion therapy for glomerulonephritis
- Blood transfusions
- Treatment for nephrogenic systemic fibrosis
The Kidney Center works closely with specialists in other UAMS programs such as the Diabetes Clinic, the Rheumatology and Immunology Clinic, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging to provide you with the best possible care for these complex diseases. Dr. Sudir Shah, a leading kidney disease researcher, is the director of our UAMS Division of Nephrology.
Appointments with the Kidney Center are by referral only. Please contact your primary care doctor or visit one of our doctors in the Center for Primary Care to obtain a referral.
If you prefer to call and request an appointment, please call 501-686-8000 for new patients, returning patients and referral appointments.
What should I bring to the appointment?
For your first appointment, please bring a photo ID and your insurance card along with a list of any medications you're taking, including over-the-counter medications. You should also bring any medical records you can provide, including slides or test results from other clinics.
For future appointments, please provide updated medical and insurance information.
How do I request a prescription refill or contact a nurse from the clinic?
Call the clinic at 501-661-7910, or you can request prescription refills during your appointment. If you originally filled your prescription at the UAMS Outpatient Pharmacy, you can also refill your prescription online.