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What is a Nephrologist?

Nephrology is the specialty branch of internal medicine concerned with kidney function and diseases. A nephrologist is a licensed medical physician trained in the diagnosis and treatment of kidney disorders, such as electrolyte imbalances, hypertension, kidney stones and renal failure. A nephrologist is often referred to as a “kidney doctor.”

To become a nephrologist in the U.S. requires many years of schooling and clinical training. After medical school, a nephrologist must complete at least three years of residency in general internal medicine, followed by two or more years of specialized training in nephrology.

Most patients are referred to nephrologists by primary-care physicians or other hospitals. If you have been advised to see a nephrologist, please call our office to schedule a consultation (585) 922-0400. We know that this can be an anxious time for you and your family. Our nephrology team will guide you through the diagnostic process with understanding.

What’s the difference between nephrologists and urologists?

Nephrologists focus on disorders that affect kidney function, and prescribe nonsurgical treatments. Urologists are surgical specialists, who operate to correct structural disorders of the kidneys and urinary tract. The roles of nephrologists and urologists often overlap, and they work together on conditions with both medical and surgical requirements.