Department of Nephrology and Hypertension

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Department of Nephrology and Hypertension

The Department of Nephrology and Hypertension at Rambam Health Care Campus is devoted to a mission of excellence in patient care, education, and research. Clinical activities are facilitated by physician consultations, an in-patient ward, outpatient ambulatory clinics, a transplantation unit, and dialysis units.

Hospitalized and ambulatory patients receive integrated care with a broad range of medical services, including consultations, comprehensive evaluation, and treatments. Patients are seen for diverse kidney-related diseases such as acute kidney injury, chronic kidney diseases, proteinuria/hematuria, glomerular and tubulointerstitial diseases, diabetic nephropathy, polycystic kidney disease and other inherited diseases, uncontrolled hypertension, electrolyte and acid-base disturbances, kidney-related bone and mineral disorders, and kidney stones.

The department, in close collaboration with Rambam’s vascular surgeons, is the only center in Northern Israel with a kidney transplantation program. The first deceased-donor kidney transplantation in Israel was performed at Rambam on February 16, 1966. Since then, patients with failing kidneys and their families undergo complete assessment and counseling pre-transplant, and personalized post-transplant care.

The department’s highly qualified personnel use advanced technologies to provide an array of renal replacement therapies for patient with acute kidney failure, or end-stage kidney disease, including hemodialysis with ultrapure water and high flux membranes, hemodiafiltration, SLED, and home-based peritoneal dialysis. In addition to the dialysis treatments themselves, patients are provided with medical psychosocial, and nutritional counseling and support to help them manage their condition. The department also operates a Community Dialysis Unit located in the Haifa bay suburb of Kiryat Bialik. Additionally, dialysis patients from abroad deeply appreciate the affordable availability of our dialysis facilities when they visit Israel.

The department’s Nephrology Outpatient Clinics consist of a general nephrology clinic; a pre-dialysis chronic kidney disease clinic; a hypertension clinic that includes an ambulatory 24 hour blood pressure monitoring service, and a kidney transplant follow-up clinic. The scope of care encompasses all hypertension and kidney-related problems, delivered by an outstanding and caring team of professional specialists.

The department is affiliated to the Technion’s Ruth & Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine. The distinctive learning, teaching, and training environment experienced in the Department of Nephrology and Hypertension has led to the department as a whole being granted awards for teaching excellence. In addition, individual fellows and senior staff members have been awarded for their excellence in teaching and their clinical achievements.

The department offers the Frank Family Fellowship in Nephrology, to attract outstanding residents gifted with the professional and personal qualities a clinician needs in order to provide personalized medical care to patients. Residents must perform a translational research project as part of their fellowship.