Find a Kidney Doctor

Doctor shaking hands to patient in the office

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, finding a good nephrologist – a kidney doctor – is a must. A nephrologist is a kidney expert who will work with you to manage your kidney disease, develop a care plan that works for you and provide information on how to live well with kidney disease. See nephrologists we work with regularly, get tips on how to choose a nephrologist and find questions to ask at your first appointment.

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How to choose a nephrologist

1. Ask your primary care physician.
Your doctor might have relationships with local nephrologists and be able to recommend one for you.

2. Ask your friends and family.
Getting a recommendation from a close person you trust is also a good place to start.

3. Do an online search.
Find nephrologists and read online bios.

4. Check your insurance.
Once you select a nephrologist, call their office to see if they accept your insurance before you go to see them.

5. Reflect after your first few appointments.
Make sure you’re happy working with your nephrologist and are confident he/she can help implement the best care plan for you.

Questions to ask your nephrologist

Is there anything I can do to slow my kidney disease down?

In short, yes! Diet and exercise play a key role in kidney disease. Following a kidney-friendly diet and exercising regularly can help you feel better ­and help slow your kidney disease down. To start, find nutrition information and exercise tips to work into your daily life and speak to your nephrologist about how to adapt these for your personal needs.

How often will we meet?

Most kidney patients see their nephrologist about once a month but it’s best to ask your nephrologist about your meeting plan at your first appointment.

What are my treatment options?

Your nephrologist will be able to explain the treatment options that are available to you. This could mean dialysis, either hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis, or a kidney transplant. Explain your needs to your doctor – for example, if you’d like to work or travel while undergoing treatment – and your doctor can let you know what treatments might work best. Before your first appointment, find out more about dialysis and kidney transplant so you know the basics when you sit down to talk things over.

Can I keep working while on dialysis?

Many patients are able to fit dialysis treatments around their work schedule. If it’s a flexible dialysis schedule that’s important to you, home dialysis might be your best option. If working is important to you, make sure to mention this to your nephrologist at your first appointment.

The kidney diet seems really tough. Do I have to follow it so strictly?

Most likely, yes. But, a low-salt diet doesn’t have to mean low-taste. There are plenty of kidney-friendly recipes you can try that taste good and adhere to your diet.

I feel overwhelmed. Are there any support groups or other resources for kidney patients?

Yes! We partner with The Road Back to Life, a nonprofit organization founded by former Puget Sound Kidney Centers patients who provide mentoring and peer support. The groups address a variety of topics, including transplant, home dialysis and adjustment, and are an excellent source of information for people new to dialysis. They have monthly virtual support groups. To learn more visit Please contact us at 425-259-5195 to learn more or ask your nephrologist for other support groups you could join.

First NameLast NameOrganizationCityZIPPHONE
Frederick Albrecht Nephrology Associates of Kitsap CountyBremerton 98310 360-377-7634
AstierAlemEastside Nephrology & Hypertension Kirkland98034425-899-5111
ArthurAndersonCascade Kidney SpecialistsBelleve98006425-453-8406
AliceBankson (Chang)Kaiser PermanenteSeattle98122206-326-3587
ParisBarkanSwedish HospitalSeattle98104206-386-9500
HananBatarsehMemorial Nephrology AssociatesOlympia98506360-413-8865
JosefBautistaSnohomish Kidney InstituteEverett98201425-339-5413
JosephBonn (PA)Mount Baker NephrologyBellingham98225360-734-9233
ChristopherBurtnerMemorial Nephrology Associates PLLCOlympia98506360-413-8121
KatrinaCarliSnohomish Kidney InstituteEverett98201425-339-5413
FionnualaCormackUniversity of WashingtonSeattle98104206-744-4933
CyrusCrystVirginia Mason Seattle98101206-223-6672
Eugenede GuzmanSkagit Regional HealthMt Vernon98274360-814-2600
David Dempster Kaiser Permanente Tacoma 98405 253-596-3300
TseringDhondupMemorial Nephrology AssociatesOlympia98506360-413-8865
AnnemarieDooleyCascade Kidney SpecialistsBellevue98004425-453-8406
Karen Eady Nephrology Associates of Kitsap CountyBremerton98310 360-377-7634
George Evanoff Nephrology Associates of Kitsap CountyBremerton 98310 360-377-7634
CrystalFarringtonKaiser PermanenteSeattle98122206-326-3587
ChristineFlogel (Hsu)Kaiser PermanenteSeattle98122206-326-3587
ZhengGePacific NephrologyTacoma98405253-627-5755
ParampreetGhumanNorth Sound KidneyMount Vernon98274360-982-2210
Namita Gill Nephrology Associates of Kitsap CountyBremerton 98310 360-377-7634
YoshioHallUniversity of WashingtonSeattle98104206-744-8998
JillianHansenKaiser PermanenteSeattle98122206-326-3000
LeahHaseleyUniversity of WashingtonSeattle98104206-744-8998
JuneHePacific NephrologyTacoma98405253-627-5755
EmilyHuangWestern Washington Medical GroupEverett98201425-258-6801
JungJohSeattle NephrologyShoreline98133206-542-1000
NoemieJuaireSnohomish Kidney InstituteEverett98201425-339-5413
DuangpornJitjaiKaiser PermanenteSeattle98122206-326-3587
MadhuriKandalaCascade Kidney SpecialistsBellevue98004425-453-8406
Young HoKimPacific NephrologyTacoma98405253-627-5755
PhillipKingCascade Kidney SpecialistsBellevue98201425-453-8406
AbbalKoiralaUniversity of WashingtonSeattle98104206-744-8998
Chia-JenKuanNorth Sound KidneyEverett98201425-257-1100
WinKyawSeattle NephrologyShoreline98133206-542-1000
SarahLai (ARNP)Virginia MasonSeattle98101206-223-6672
HoWonLeePacific NephrologyTacoma98405253-627-5755
StefaniaLew (ARNP)Snohomish Kidney InstituteEverett98201425-339-5413
LinLiCascade Kidney SpecialistsBellevue98004425-453-8406
Mary LotfiMt. Baker Nephrology Bellingham98225360-734-9233
AhmadMahallatiVirginia Mason Seattle98101206-223-6672
RajnishMehrotraUniversity of WashingtonSeattle98104206-744-8998
CharlesMinnFranciscan Nephrology AssociatesTacoma98405253-207-4850
MonicaMorrison (PA)University of WashingtonSeattle98104206-994-5623
LarryMossMt. Baker NephrologyBellingham98225360-734-9233
KimberlyMuczynskiUniversity of WashingtonSeattle98195206-744-3541
ShanzaMujeebFranciscan Nephrology AssociatesTacoma98405253-207-4850
AnupamaNairKaiser PermanenteSeattle98122206-326-3587
LisaNakamotoPolyclinic Seattle98104206-860-4478
ThuanNguyenMemorial Nephrology Associates PLLCOlympia98506360-413-8865
MatthewNovakSkagit Regional HealthMt Vernon98274360-428-2550
AmaleswariPamarthyWestern Washington Medical GroupEverett98201425-258-6801
AmolPatelUniversity of WashingtonSeattle98104206-744-8998
ParthaRaguramFranciscan Nephrology AssociatesTacoma98405253-207-4850
RonelleRevilla (ARNP)Virginia MasonSeattle98101206-223-6673
MatthewRivaraUniversity of WashingtonSeattle98104206-744-3541
MariaRojasFranciscan Nephrology AssociatesTacoma98405253-207-4850
MariaSalazarVirginia MasonSeattle98101206-223-6673
HetalShahMemorial Nephrology AssociatesOlympia98506360-413-8865
MichaelShannonUniversity of WashingtonSeattle98104206-744-8998
NiranjanSivakumarMemorial Nephrology Associates PLLCOlympia98506360-413-8865
MichaelSuttersVirginia Mason Seattle98101206-223-6673
OliverTaiSnohomish Kidney InstituteEverett98201425-339-5413
NhiTanKaiser PermanenteSeattle98122206-326-3587
SethThalerMemorial Nephrology Associates PLLCOlympia98506360-413-8865
BernadetteThomasSeattle NephrologyShoreline98133206-542-1000
JimmyThomasSkagit Regional HealthMt Vernon98274360-428-2550
AnnaTimbol (ARNP)PolyclinicSeattle98104206-860-5575
TiffanyTruongVirginia MasonSeattle98101206-223-6673
NatashaVanchinathanKaiser PermanenteTacoma98405253-596-3300
Dmitri Vasin Renal Remission & Hypertension ClinicSilverdale 98383 360-613-0600
MichaelVaughanKaiser PermanenteSeattle98122206-326-3587
KeWangKaiser PermanenteSeattle98122206-326-3587
ZhouweiWangRainier NephrologyPuyallup98371253-845-0420
AndrewWeissVirginia Mason Seattle98101206-223-6673
DonaWuVirginia MasonSeattle98101206-223-6673
IlanZawadzkiKaiser PermanenteSeattle98122206-326-3587
DiZhaoPacific NephrologyTacoma98405253-627-5755