About Us

We are committed to kidneys

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We are passionate about all things related to kidney health, research, and educating future leaders in kidney care.

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UW Nephrology Faculty 2022
UW Nephrology Faculty

vision and Mission


Committed to leading change within kidney care.


To conduct path-breaking research, provide state-of-the-art person-centered kidney care, and train the next generation of nephrology leaders to improve the lives of people with kidney disease.

Clinical Care 

We serve a diverse patient population throughout the region, at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Harborview Medical Center, the University of Washington Medical Center, and UW Medicine Northwest.

We seek to serve ALL  patients with kidney disease, offering subspecialty expertise in dialysis, geriatrics, palliative care, glomerular disease, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, and onco-nephrology.

Our renowned kidney transplant program is one of only four nationwide programs with higher-than-expected patient survival. Our doctors are perennial winners of the Seattle Met’s Top Doctors awards, and many are regarded as national and international leaders in their fields. 


Research and Collaboration

We are committed to bench-to-bedside (and back-to-bench) research to tackle important kidney diseases and related issues to improve patient outcomes and guide policy development.

We provide opportunities for our patients to participate in clinical trials, receive novel therapies, and inform the direction of our basic, translational and clinical kidney research. 



Our Nephrology Fellowship Training Program provides a fast-paced and hands-on educational experience modeled around deliberate inpatient experiences and subspecialty outpatient, dialysis, and kidney transplant rotations.

We provide focused mentoring to all of our trainees, and our research fellows have a strong track record of success in making the transition from fellow to faculty.

We are proud to have had an NIH T-32 training grant for over 2 decades. We welcome and encourage medical students and residents to our clinical services.

Our weekly conferences allow faculty and fellows to learn from each other and to share knowledge with the nephrology community. National visiting speakers are part of the Grand Rounds conference throughout the academic year.

Help us succeed

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Make a Gift

With your generosity, we will continue our robust kidney research programs, and support the educational advancements of our trainees.

Where We Stand 

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Land Acknowledgement

The University of Washington and the School of Medicine acknowledge and honor that the University stands on the unceded land of the Coast Salish peoples, land which touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Duwamish, Suquamish, Tulalip, and Muckleshoot nations.


August 31, 2023
Suzanne Watnick recognized with Shaul G. Massry Distinguished Lecture Award
The National Kidney Foundation has selected Watnick as the 2024 recipient of the distinguished lecture award.
August 24, 2023
Seattle Met's Top Doctors, Physician Assistants and Nurses
Congratulations to those who made the 2023 Seattle Met’s annual list of the best health care professionals in the region.
August 23, 2023
Bessie Young receives Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility Paul Beeson Award
This award is given annually to an activist in the field of of health care or health advocacy who has made a substantial contribution to peace, justice, and health in Washington state.