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Division of Nephrology

The Division of Nephrology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center has a tripartite mission:  to mentor, to discover, and to serve.

The Division of Nephrology was established in the 1960s and has been continuously involved in patient care, nephrology training, and nephrology research. The division provides both acute and chronic hemodialysis care, chronic ambulatory peritoneal dialysis, and full-time consultation service in each of the affiliated medical centers. There is an active transplant center at the Methodist University Hospital.

Currently, the division is made up of eight full-time and one part-time faculty physicians. Our physicians are subspecialized in the Methodist University Hospital, Regional One Health, and the Memphis VA Medical Center.

The division is dedicated to training individuals who have completed their residency. The nephrology fellowship training program is a two-year program with an optional third year for research. We maintain a total of seven fellows each year. 

The training program emphasizes training in clinical nephrology, such that all trainees have strong exposure to nephrology consultation, acute and chronic hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, and renal transplantation. The high faculty to trainee ratio allows for optimal faculty-trainee interactions.

West Tennessee's only comprehensive academic program in Nephrology.
Provides acute and chronic hemodialysis care, chronic ambulatory peritoneal dialysis,
and full-time consultation service.

UT Collaboration Examines How Natural Chemicals in Green Tea Work

image of Dr. L. Darryl QuarlesGreen tea has always been known to have beneficial health effects, but how these effects come about has been a mystery. Now, a team collaborating across the University of Tennessee System has discovered molecular mechanisms with which key chemicals in green tea work.

The research teams of L. Darryl Quarles, MD, of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), Jeremy C. Smith, PhD, of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and Jerome Baudry, PhD (who was at UTK, but has since moved to the University of Alabama in Huntsville) have discovered which receptor key chemicals found in green tea interact with, according to work published in the article, “GPCR6A is a Molecular Target for the Natural Products Gallate and EGCG in Green Tea,” in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, a peer-reviewed scientific journal that covers the latest research in nutrition and food science.

Dr. Quarles, the primary investigator of this research, states that the work is important for a number of reasons. “First, it provides a molecular mechanism to explain the medicinal effects of green tea on energy metabolism and why consumption of green tea may impact a wide range of clinical disorders,” Dr. Quarles said. The clinical disorders that green tea consumption has been reported to impact include metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and prostate cancer. “Second, the publication of this research is another example of the unique computational biology expertise at UTK/ORNL.” Read More

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Last Published: Apr 6, 2018