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Division of Nephrology

Specializing in kidney disease and high blood pressure, we can meet your needs.
Klemens Meyer, MD, Director of Dialysis Services at Tufts Medical Center, attends to patient as he receives dialysis treatment at the outpatient clinic.
Caring for kidney disease

The William B. Schwartz Division of Nephrology, located at Tufts Medical Center (Tufts MC) in Boston, has a long-standing tradition of excellence and commitment to patient care, education, research and public policy. Our division specializes in the study, diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease and high blood pressure, and can meet your needs whether you are a patient, referring physician, trainee or research partner. 

Patient care 

Caring for patients with kidney disease and kidney-related diagnoses is the core of what we do. Patients expect the highest in personal, compassionate and comprehensive care. Our multidisciplinary team members are experts in diagnosing and treating acute and chronic kidney diseases and high blood pressure. 

We work with patients to help them choose and carry out appropriate treatment options, including medical and surgical management of causes of kidney diseases, dialysis and transplantation. 

Education + training 

The Division of Nephrology provides an award-winning, dynamic and unparalleled education and training experience. We offer an ACGME-accredited training program, a mentored research training program and MS or PhD degrees in clinical research. 


We are dedicated to improving patients' lives through clinical research by conducting relevant, state-of-the-art clinical research on kidney disease and its manifestations. We aim to eradicate individual kidney diseases where possible, identify effective treatments and reduce the burden of kidney disease on society. 

Our annual research budget is over $4 million. Our division members' research interests span clinical science, translational research and patient-reported outcomes. We also conduct clinical trials for a variety of kidney diseases. 

Public policy 

Division members interact with many partners in government, industry and not-for-profit non-governmental organizations. We collaborate extensively with external partners and our work influences public policy about kidney disease on a large scale. 

Our recent leadership and analysis of data presented at the National Kidney Foundation and Food and Drug Administration Conference on Alternative Endpoints for Clinical Trials is an example of our work to influence how health policy decisions affect patient care.

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Department research

Physician-researchers in the William B. Schwartz Division of Nephrology lead the way in conducting clinical research to define chronic kidney disease and have written the guidelines for its medical management. We are dedicated to improving the lives of patients and aim to eradicate individual kidney diseases where possible, identify effective treatments, and reduce the burden of kidney disease on society. The 3 main areas of our emphasis are epidemiology, clinical trials and outcomes research. 

We work with a wide range of external collaborators from academia, industry and government and non-governmental organizations to conduct our research focused on solving clinical problems. Each research project has a domain expert, in most cases a nephrologist, a methods expert and collaborators from other disciplines. 

Division members collaborate with methods experts to use the most appropriate and rigorous research methods. Our domain experts include individuals with expertise in chronic kidney disease, assessing kidney function, aging, nutrition, dialysis and transplantation, kidney disease progression, polycystic kidney disease, acute kidney injury and hypertension. View our recent publications on these topics.

Residencies + fellowships

Our leadership

Our leadership team gives us the guidance and support we need to ensure that the clinical, research and training goals of the department are met.

Anasuya Gunturi MD, PhD talks with patient at Lowell General Hospital's Women's Wellness Center clinic appointment.
Our locations

From regular office visits to inpatient stays, our specialists across Tufts Medicine offer the best in healthcare, when and where our patients need it.

Family physician Sarwada Tuladhar Jha, MD talking to patient during exam at a clinic appointment and inputting health information at the computer.
Our doctors + care team

Our specialists and care team members across Tufts Medicine deliver unmatched healthcare with a personalized touch.

Press Releases
Tufts Medical Center Researcher Studying Pulmonary Hypertension in Kidney Patients Awarded Clinical Scientist in Nephrology Fellowship by American Kidney Fund
April 11, 2024
Dr. Marcelle Tuttle, a first-year fellow in the Tufts Medical Center Division of Nephrology, will be working on research that focuses on the development of pulmonary hypertension in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).
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