The Kidney Institute is honored to offer health care to you and your family. Our physicians and staff seek to meet the needs of our patients with skill and compassion.
Our group is a professional association of physicians engaged in the practice of Nephrology, a subspecialty of Internal Medicine dealing with diseases of the kidney. We are all certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both Internal Medicine and in Nephrology. Some of us were previously full-time faculty of Baylor College of Medicine, and now serve on the clinical faculty of the College. We are diverse in our training, personal and ethnic background that would bring compassion and expertise to patient care.
OUR PATIENT POPULATION
The patient population which we serve consists of patients with all degrees of kidney dysfunction ranging from mild and simple disorders, such as urinary tract infection, all the way to advanced kidney disease requiring dialysis and/or kidney transplantation ( referred to as end-stage renal disease or ESRD). While the causes of kidney disease are varied, the major causes for kidney failure in the United States today are diabetes followed by high blood pressure. Unfortunately, these disorders are particularly common among African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans. We have been actively involved through the years in research on kidney diseases, dialysis, transplantation, and hypertension. Our involvement continues to the present time.
THE EXTENT OF THE PROBLEM
Kidney disease is far more prevalent than most people realize. Recently, it was estimated that 26 million Americans have significant impairment of kidney function without being aware of their affliction. Annually, approximately 110 patients per million population develop ESRD, and this number is growing by about 7% per year. It is apparent, therefore, that the population of patients with kidney disease is an ever-growing one, and that advanced planning is necessary to cope with a disorder of this scope.
SERVICE AREAS AND FACILITIES
Our group of kidney specialists provide care in the Texas Medical Center as well the Northwest parts of Houston. In the Medical Center, this includes our main Kidney Institute Campus for outpatient care, and inpatient care is provided in several hospitals including the major tertiary hospitals of Houston Methodist as well as St Luke’s. We provide out-patient care in Northwest Houston in our Kidney Institute North Campus on FM 1960, and in other satellite clinics in The Woodlands, as well as Cypress Fairbanks. Inpatient care in the Northwest is delivered in several hospitals including Memorial Hermann and St Luke’s in the Woodlands, and Houston Northwest Medical Center, Methodist Willowbrook hospital, St Luke’s The Vintage, and Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center. This has allowed us to provide services for a greater population in Houston.