Interventional Nephrology: Opportunities and Challenges

  • Vandana Dua Niyyar
    Address correspondence to Vandana Dua Niyyar, MD, Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, Emory Nephrology, 1639 Pierce Drive, WMB Research Building Room 338, Atlanta, GA 30308.
    Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
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  • Gerald Beathard
    Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Department of Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
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      The nephrologist has a pivotal role as the leader of multidisciplinary teams to optimize vascular access care of the patient on dialysis and to promote multidisciplinary collaboration in research, training, and education. The continued success of interventional nephrology as an independent discipline depends on harnessing these efforts to advance knowledge and encourage innovation. A comprehensive curriculum that encompasses research from bench to bedside coupled with standardized clinical training protocols are fundamental to this expansion. As we find ourselves on the threshold of a much-awaited revolution in nephrology, there is great opportunity but also formidable challenges in the field – it is up to us to work together to realize the enormous potential of our discipline.

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