Find a Kidney Doctor

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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 offer Support Groups at all of our centers. Some meet monthly, while others meet quarterly. The groups are hosted by one of our social workers and a member of 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. Our Everett support group has also started an Arts and Crafts Group comprised of in-center and home patients who meet monthly to chat and design projects, some of which have sold in local fairs. Please contact us at 425-259-5195 to learn more or ask your nephrologist for other support groups you could join.

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DavidCharneyKaiser PermanenteSeattle98122206-326-3000
JillianHansenKaiser PermanenteSeattle98122206-326-3000
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MichaelTekestePolyclinicEdmonds98026206-860-5575
HilaireThompsonPolyclinicSeattle98122206-860-5141
KathrynTreitPolyclinicSeattle98104206-329-1760
JungJohSeattle NephrologyShoreline98133206-542-1000
WinKyawSeattle NephrologyShoreline98133206-542-1000
BernadetteThomasSeattle NephrologyShoreline98133206-542-1000
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ChristineLogarSwedishSeattle98104206-386-9500
ArthurAndersonUniversity of Washington Seattle98104206-744-8998
FionnualaCormackUniversity of WashingtonSeattle98104206-744-8998
YoshioHallUniversity of WashingtonSeattle98104206-744-8998
LeahHaseleyUniversity of WashingtonSeattle98104206-744-8998
AbbalKoiralaUniversity of WashingtonSeattle98104206-744-8998
RajnishMehrotraUniversity of WashingtonSeattle98104206-744-8998
KimberlyMuczynskiUniversity of WashingtonSeattle98195206-520-5000
MatthewRivaraUniversity of WashingtonSeattle98104206-744-8998
MichaelShannonUniversity of WashingtonSeattle98104206-744-8998
CyrusCrystVirginia Mason Seattle98101206-223-6673
AhmadMahallatiVirginia Mason Seattle98101206-223-6673
MariaSalazarVirginia MasonSeattle98101206-223-6673
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