Kidney disease can involve a range of health issues that make daily life difficult. Fletcher Allen's University of Vermont Medical Group providers are available to provide you with specialty expertise in the diagnosis and treatment for kidney disease, and to help you cope with the short and long-term health problems associated with this condition. 

Common Kidney Conditions

  • Edema/Ankle Swelling
  • Hematuria
  • Hypertension
  • Kidney Stones
  • Proteinuria
  • Sodium and Potassium Disorders

Common Kidney Disorder Treatments

  • Dialysis
  • Kidney Transplantation
  • Medication to Control Blood Pressure
  • Medication to Eliminate Edema
  • Treatment for Protein Loss in the Urine

We provide comprehensive and compassionate care - whether you are coming here for an initial diagnosis, or have chronic kidney disease and need treatment and support.

Our nationally recognized physicians are also researchers and teachers who are abreast of the latest developments in their fields. Our team of health care professionals will support you throughout your health care experience.

Our UVM Medical Group doctors offer specialty expertise for numerous kidney disease problems, including: 

  • Acute and chronic kidney failure
  • Electrolyte disturbances
  • Acid-base balance disorders

We also provide specialty care in acute and chronic hemodialysis on-site and a number of home options, including peritoneal dialysis, home hemodialysis including the NxStage System. Our hemodialysis clinics are located in multiple locations across the state.


The Nephrology Clinic provides a program for the comprehensive diagnosis and management services for all forms of difficult to manage hypertension in conjunction with Fletcher Allen Surgery and Radiology.

The Burlington Clinic also provides plasmapheresis services for patients with systemic diseases involving the kidney; and provides support services for kidney and kidney/pancreas transplantation in conjunction with Fletcher Allen Surgery.

Regional Dialysis Services

The Clinic has an extensive outreach program with dialysis units in Barre, Rutland, St. Albans, South Burlington, and Newport. We visit these units regularly and are available for both on-site inpatient and outpatient consultation in Barre, Rutland, St. Albans, and Newport.

Nephrology Services

Fletcher Allen is the primary provider of care for most patients with renal diseases in Vermont and for many patients in upstate New York.

Our Nephrology service provides renal replacement therapies for patients with end-stage renal disease including hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and continuous renal replacement therapies in the intensive care unit.

Here, we have an experienced staff committed to training patients for a variety of home dialysis therapies. In conjunction with the Department of Surgery, the Nephrology service provides support for kidney transplantation and for kidney/pancreas transplantation.

In addition to patients with primary renal diseases, Fletcher Allen serves  patients with complicated hypertension. Faculty provide both inpatient and outpatient consultation.

The service is nationally recognized for its expertise in:

  • Management of acid-base and electrolyte disorders
  • Diabetic nephropathy
  • Hypertension
  • Acute renal failure