Nephrology In the Department of Medicine

Clinical Training Sites

The Division’s clinical training incorporates three diverse sites to provide trainees with comprehensive exposure to all aspects of inpatient and ambulatory Nephrology. 

Stanford Hospital and Clinics

Stanford medicine is known worldwide for its state-of-the-art care in cardiovascular medicine and surgery, cancer diagnosis and treatment, organ (including kidney) transplantation, neurology and neurosurgery, and complex surgery. The Hospital has 611 licensed beds, nearly 40,000 emergency room visits yearly (serving as a level one trauma center) and over 20,000 annual inpatient admissions. 

The Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care Systems

 Located 4 miles southeast of Stanford, the Palo Alto VA is the other principal teaching hospital affiliated with Stanford University. It is housed in a newly constructed hospital, and has 642 beds, including 272 for general medical and surgical patients, 226 for psychiatry, and 144 for extended care. The patient population consists primarily of middle-aged and elderly males with complex multisystem diseases.  One fellow is assigned to the VA each month, and covers the inpatient consultation service, outpatient Nephrology practices, and the VA’s outpatient dialysis unit, providing peritoneal and hemodialysis services. 

Two other VA hospitals, the VA Medical Center in Livermore, about 50 miles from Stanford, and the VA Medical Center in Menlo Park about 5 miles away, are also part of the regional health care system.

The Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Situated approximately 20 miles southeast of Stanford, the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center has 528 inpatient and 70 acute rehabilitation beds.  The outpatient department had 516,393 visits last year. The patient population at the “Valley” is an extraordinarily diverse group of patients with common and exotic kidney diseases which complement the patient populations at the other two teaching hospitals. 

The Renal Care Center provides hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and plasma exchange to more than 200 patients.  Two fellows rotate monthly at Santa Clara Valley – one focusing efforts on the inpatient and the other on the outpatient practices.  In addition to ambulatory practices in general Nephrology, fellows rotating at Santa Clara Valley attend a kidney stone clinic, and participate directly in the care of maintenance dialysis patients, with a special focus on vascular access, ethical and social dilemmas and care of the underserved.

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