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 afflict predominantly African Americans, Hispanics,
and Native Americans, the three populations that are the least
privileged and are the lowest on the socioeconomic scale.
We have been actively involved through the years in research
on kidney diseases, dialysis, transplantation, and hypertension.
Our involvement continues to the present time.