About Us

Mission Statement

The mission of the UNC Kidney Center is to reduce the burden of chronic kidney disease through discovery about the pathophysiology and therapeutics of the disease; through the development and assessment of educational programs about kidney disease for North Carolinians and their primary care physicians and by providing physicians and citizens access to information about the causes and treatments of kidney disease.

 

Improving Care Through Discovery and Education

The UNC Kidney Center's (UNCKC) mission is to reduce the burden of chronic kidney disease through discovery about the pathophysiology and therapeutics of kidney disease and through the development and assessment of educational programs about kidney disease for North Carolin ians and their primary care physicians. Dr. Ronald J. Falk, Doc J. Thurston Professor of Medicine and Chief, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, is director of the UNCKC.An interdisciplinary team comprising physicians, pharmacists, physiologists, epidemiologists, social workers, and educators, collaborates on discoveries that inform the management and treatment of kidney disease as well as the development of e ducational outreach programs for patients and primary care physicians.

Educational Outreach

The UNCKC's Kidney Education Outreach Program (KEOP) promotes citizens' increased awareness of personal risk factors for kidney disease and increased knowledge about how the kidneys function. Our goal is for citizens to ask "Hey doc, how are my kidneys?" before they develop end stage renal disease (ESRD)-when intervention can slow the disease or stop progression of the disease. A second and equally important goal is to educate North Carolina primary care physicians about the importance of identifying asymptomatic patients at risk for kidney disease as part of routine screening protocols. These physicians must also be equipped to provide quality management of patients with early stage renal disease and collaborate with a nephrologist to ensure timely referral.

Basic and Clinical Research

Four research laboratories are funded through a variety of external sources, including NIH Program Project (PO1), T32, U01 and K23 awards. Epidemiologic and clinical research in such areas as the relationship between smoking and kidney function, focal segmental glomerular sclerosis (FSGS), ANCA, and vasculitis is funded through private donors and corporate grants, and foundations.For further information, please call (919) 966-2561 or email:

Ronald J. Falk, MD; Director
ronald_falk@med.unc.edu

J. Charles Jennette, MD; Associate Director
jcj@med.unc.edu

Donna H. Harward, Education Director
donna_harward@med.unc.edu