The mission of the University of Washington Dialysis Program is to deliver high quality, patient-centered, compassionate, and evidence-based care to patients with acute and chronic kidney disease who require dialysis therapy.

UW Outpatient Dialysis Program

B.H. Scribner
Dr. Belding H. Scribner

Long term outpatient dialysis for kidney failure started in Seattle by the Division’s first head, Dr. Belding H. Scribner. We continue to uphold the tradition of excellence and innovation in providing dialysis care to patients with kidney failure in our community.

Team Work

It is the work our team of eleven Nephrologist’s and two Advanced Practice Providers to oversee the care of patients with kidney failure receiving long-term dialysis
in community-based dialysis facilities in the greater Seattle area, whether in-center hemodialysis, home peritoneal dialysis or hemodialysis. Our health care providers provide care to most patients in the dialysis facilities themselves, without requiring patients to come to our offices.

Community Leaders

Several of our physicians serve as leaders in the care of dialysis patients in our community – one leads the Renal Supportive Care Program to provide palliative care to patients undergoing dialysis in Northwest Kidney Centers facilities, two are members of the Medical Executive Board of the Northwest Kidney Centers, and four serve as Medical Directors of dialysis facilities.

Training and Education

The physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses and administrators in our dialysis practice meet monthly to share complex problems our patients are experiencing, and review the literature to ensure our practice remains at the cutting edge of providing treatment for our patients.

We are committed to training the next generation of nephrologists in the science and the art of delivering medical care to patients undergoing long-term dialysis. Training in management of patients undergoing long-term dialysis is a key component of the two-year fellowship in Nephrology. In addition, we offer the opportunity for trainees to do an additional one-year specialty training focused exclusively on dialysis.


Meet our Medical Directors

Arthur E. Anderson, MD

Arthur Anderson, MD
Director, UW Dialysis Program

Northwest Kidney Centers, Burien


Yoshio Hall, MD
Northwest Kidney Centers, Scribner

Daniel Lam, MD

Daniel Lam, MD
Northwest Kidney Centers, Renal Supportive Care Program

Matthew Rivara, MD

Matthew Rivara, MD
Northwest Kidney Centers, Elliott Bay


Brendan Shannon, MD
Northwest Kidney Centers, Everett