Practice spotlight: University Medical Associates-Nephrology

Published on March 1, 2012

Because March is National Kidney Disease month, we would like to introduce you to our nephrology practice, University Medical Associates (UMA) – Nephrology. With 12 physicians and 11 staff, the practice’s goal is to prevent and treat kidney disease, and to improve the quality of life for those living with these conditions. Led by Division Chief Eleanor D. Lederer, M.D., UMA – Nephrology provides patients with a superior level of care supported by the latest technologies and world-class research. The practice has been in operation for more than 40 years, and has more than 5,000 patient visits per year.

As academic physicians, these kidney specialists are “early adopters” of breakthrough advances in care. They participate, both as teachers and students, in national scientific meetings and also conduct their own leading-edge research. The group’s physicians volunteer their time with the National Kidney Foundation, offering free screenings at community events. The practice also emphasizes education through its Chronic Kidney Disease Program, which helps patients navigate the five stages of kidney failure.

The practice’s specialties include: chronic kidney disease; kidney disease from diabetes, HIV, and other chronic illnesses; difficult-to treat hypertension; kidney transplantation and immunosuppression; end-stage kidney disease management including home and in center dialysis; kidney stone disease; glomerulonephritis; genetic kidney diseases; electrolyte and mineral metabolism; vascular access management; and osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. UMA – Nephrology program is committed to providing clinical nephrology services to patients in the Louisville area and providing physician-to-physician consultation at all Louisville area hospitals.

“Taking care of your kidneys is a key part of maintaining overall health,” said Dr. Lederer. “Kidneys have many jobs, including clearing your body of toxins and extra fluid, regulating your levels of sodium, potassium, and acid, and also producing certain hormones. If your kidneys aren’t functioning properly, you are at risk for a host of health problems. UMA – Nephrology is here to provide you with the treatments and therapies you will need to get back to a normal life.”

If you have high blood pressure (hypertension), high blood sugar (diabetes), heart disease, peripheral artery disease or a family history of kidney disease, you may be at risk for kidney failure. The specialists at UMA – Nephrology will work with your primary care physician to help diagnose and manage any kidney problems you may have.

Patients are seen at the UofL Health Care Outpatient Center, 401 E. Chestnut St., Suite 690. If you or someone in your family is suffering from a kidney condition or is at risk for kidney disease, please call for an appointment at 502-852-5757. Referrals are welcome.