The Nephrology Division of The Ohio State University Medical Center was born in 1968 under the leadership of Dr. Thomas Ferris. From 1968 to 1976, the division provided nephrology services to The Ohio State University and fellowship training for more than 25 post-graduate fellows, many of whom went on to successful careers in academic nephrology. Dr. Ferris eventually left to become chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota and Dr. Lee Hebert took over as chief of Nephrology. Growing from two physicians and one secretary, the Nephrology Division now consists of 17 full-time faculty, 8 fellows and more than 30 support staff.
Since 1984, the Nephrology fellowship program has trained 64 fellows. Of those, 30 percent have pursued academic careers and 70 percent are in clinical practice across the country.
The Nephrology Division is one of 13 divisions in the Department of Internal Medicine at The Ohio State University. Located in the Doan Office Tower, the Nephrology Division is part of The Ohio State University Medical Center system. This includes University Hospitals (958 medical and surgical beds), The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Research Institute (160 beds), and The Ohio State University College of Medicine.
University Medical Center is the major referral center in central Ohio for all of the subspecialties of medicine. Clinical nephrology training is superb, due primarily to the large referral-based practice that draws patients from central and southeastern Ohio and contiguous states.
The draw for referrals is facilitated further by the successful Kidney Transplantation program (more than 200 renal, 50 liver, and 50 pancreas-renal transplants annually) conducted by the Transplant Division of the Department of Surgery. The Nephrology and Transplant Divisions work collaberatively in the new Transplant Medicine Program to improve outcomes of patients with solid organ transplants.