UNM Health System’s mission for nephrology is to provide all New Mexicans the best, most coordinated kidney care possible through a team of physicians, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, surgeons and other medical professionals. Trust the UNM Health System for the best kidney care in the state.
Our inpatient services include a full spectrum of support care for acute kidney injury, including continuous dialysis for patients who are critically ill. This program is unique in the state.
What is nephrology?
Nephrology is a medical specialty dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease. A nephrologist is a physician who has specialized training in kidney functioning and can be seen for a variety of reasons, including acute renal failure, chronic kidney disease, renal lab abnormalities (such as abnormal creatinine in the urine, protein in the urine or blood in the urine), history of kidney stones, cysts in the kidney, genetic kidney problems such as polycystic kidney disease, and hypertension due to hormonal abnormalities (symptoms include leg swelling and shortness of breath).
UNM Health System offers outpatient clinics at UNM Hospital, Sandoval Regional Medical Center, Albuquerque Indian Health Services and dialysis at Santo Domingo Pueblo.
These clinics focus on conditions like:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Glomerulary disease
- Diabetic kidney disease
- Kidney failure
- Kidney stones
We also offer transition clinics to help our pediatric patients move into adult care to help them live healthy, successful lives.
SRMC offers kidney care 24/7 and specializes in:
- Post renal transplant care
- Post pancreas transplant care
- Kidney biopsy referrals
- 24-hour urine evaluation
- Secondary hypertension control
- Pre-dialysis care and counseling
- Dialysis referral
To make an appointment at the SRMC location, please call 505-994-7397. The clinic only accepts patients over the age of 18 and offers appointments on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Dialysis is never an easy process. The acute inpatient dialysis unit understands this and provides hemodialysis to both adult and pediatric patients throughout the hospital when they are admitted for any reason in the most efficient and caring manner. This unit has 6 dialysis bays where patients are seen Monday through Saturday. In addition, bedside dialysis is available for patients in the adult and pediatric ICUs. Dialysis nurses also provide peritoneal dialysis services at the bedside whenever a patient is admitted to the hospital. Emergent dialysis is available after hours and on Sundays providing around the clock care.
We offer 12 outpatient dialysis clinics throughout the state through our partnership with Dialysis Chain Inc. In addition to three locations in Albuquerque, the clinics are in:
- Rio Rancho
- Santo Domingo
- Silver City
UNM Health System has the longest running kidney transplant program in New Mexico, having performed thousands of such operations since its founding in 1977.
In 2016 there were 36 kidney transplants performed at UNM Hospital, 30 from deceased donors and six from living donors. As of April 2017 there are 247 patients awaiting kidneys at UNM Hospital, and 85 percent of these patients are minorities.
The transplant center also offers laparoscopic donor nephrectomy for living kidney donors. This minimally invasive surgery results in a shorter hospital stay, less pain and scarring for the donor and better outcomes for the recipient. A kidney from a living donor offers patients an alternative to years of dialysis and time on the national transplant waiting list. (The living donor's remaining kidney will enlarge, doing the work of two healthy kidneys.)