The Division of Nephrology at the University of Illinois at Chicago has a long history of excellence in the field of nephrology. In the early 1950’s, the Division of Nephrology at University of Illinois Research and Education Hospital (RE) was combined with Presbyterian Hospital and the first Chief of the Division was Dr. Robert Kark. Dr. Kark was the first to develop percutaneous kidney biopsy as a clinical tool in the United States. He and his group published seminal papers describing biopsy findings of several kidney diseases including preeclampsia, various forms of glomerulonephritis, lupus, and diabetes. The Division of Nephrology was recognized throughout the world by the many publications on the pathology of kidney disease. Dr. Olga Jonasson performed the first kidney transplantation in Illinois in 1969.
By the late 1960’s, the University of Illinois and Presbyterian Hospital ended their affiliation and Dr. Clarence Gant became the Division Chief at the University until 1971 at which time Dr. Neil Kurtzman became the Chief. I was trained by Dr. Kurtzman and we published several papers in the area of acid base physiology including novel contributions to the mechanisms of renal tubular acidosis. I became the Chief in 1981 and recruited several faculty members including Dr. James Lash who has developed several young investigators interested in the study of chronic kidney disease. This group has received continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health and has contributed greatly to knowledge in this area.
The Division of Nephrology is committed to excellence in the areas of patient care, teaching, and research. The Division of Nephrology provides clinical services for the evaluation and treatment of the full spectrum of kidney diseases, hypertension, and fluid-electrolyte disorders. The division is highly committed to the educational mission of the University and is actively engaged in the training of nephrology fellows as well as the education of medical students, residents, and physicians within the community. We are devoted to both basic laboratory and clinical research.