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Division of Nephrology

The Division of Nephrology at the UT 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. Currently, the division is made up of sixteen full-time general clinical and research faculty. In addition five dedicated renal transplant faculty are based at the affiliated Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute. The division is home to two endowed Chairs in Nephrology.

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

UTHSC Team Awarded $1.98 Million for Novel Approach to Diabetes Research

Dr. Darryl Quarles, director of Nephrology at UTHSC

A team of researchers in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Medicine has been awarded a $1.98 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK), a division of the National Institutes of Health, for a novel approach to studying diabetes.

Darryl Quarles, MD, University of Tennessee Medical Group Endowed Professor of Nephrology, director of the Division of Nephrology, and associate dean for Research in the College of Medicine, and Lu Lu, MD, professor of Genetics, Genomics and Informatics, are the dual principal investigators on the study that focuses on a specific protein related to metabolic function that could be a key in developing new drugs to treat diabetes. Read More

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