Medical Subspecialties Institute

Nephrology Program

  • Overview
  • Diagnosis & Treatment
  • Meet Our Team

Diagnosis & Treatment


Patients referred to Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Nephrology Program will undergo a range of tests to monitor their levels of antibodies, hormones, and other chemicals, including:

  • Blood tests: Laboratory tests that require a blood sample from the patient. Technicians in the lab analyze the blood sample for the patient’s blood type and other indicators that can help physicians find a match between a donor (the person donating a kidney) and a recipient (the person receiving the kidney).
  • Urine tests: Laboratory tests that require a urine sample from the patient. Technicians in the lab analyze the urine sample to assess kidney health.

Patients will also undergo imaging studies, including:

  • Ultrasound: A type of test that uses ultrasound technology to produce an image of the kidneys and monitor the kidneys for any problems.
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan: A study that uses x-ray imaging techniques to produce images of the kidneys and detect abnormal function in the kidneys.


The team of caregivers within the Nephrology Program manages and monitors the amount of immunosuppressive medication (medications that reduce the action of the body’s immune system) patients must take to ensure that the transplanted kidney is not rejected by the body. Certain treatments may also be prescribed, managed, and administered, such as:

  • Antihypertensive medications: A group of medications that are used to treat high blood pressure.
  • Anemia injections: Injections of a substance called erythropoietin (also called EPO), used to treat patients who have developed anemia following a kidney transplant.
  • Iron injections: Injections of iron used to treat a type of anemia caused by a deficiency in iron.
  • Electrolytes replacement: A treatment that involves administering electrolytes to a patient who has either an imbalance or deficiency of the substance. Electrolytes are substances that conduct electricity in the body, facilitating nerve impulses and muscle movement, and are essential for proper kidney function.

Meet Our Team

The Nephrology Program team consists of:

  • Consultant physicians
  • Transplant coordinators
  • Nephrology clinic nurses
  • Dialysis nurses
  • Plasmapheresis nurses
  • Health unit coordinators
  • Case managers
  • Social workers
  • Dietitians.
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