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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.
2-Year ACGME-accredited Program

University of Tennessee System Collaboration Publishes Research on New Diabetes Drug Discovery

Dr. Darryl Quarles, director of Nephrology at UTHSCResearchers from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center have discovered a chemical compound that could lower sugar levels as effectively as the diabetes drug Metformin but with a lower dose.

This new approach to diabetes drug discovery has been published in PLOS One, a peer-reviewed open access scientific journal. The research team includes scientists from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

Along with his research team, Darryl Quarles, MD, University of Tennessee Medical Group (UTMG) Endowed Professor of Nephrology, director of the Division of Nephrology, and associate dean for Research in the College of Medicine at UTHSC, has been working with a specific protein called GPRC6A, which regulates sugar levels by simultaneously correcting multiple metabolic derangements that underlie Type 2 diabetes function. These derangements include abnormalities in pancreatic β-cell proliferation and insulin secretion, glucose uptake into skeletal muscle, and liver regulation of glucose and fat metabolism. Read More

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Last Published: Aug 15, 2018