January 18, 2022

Nephrology for the Non-Nephrologist Podcast Series

Nephrology for the Non-Nephrologist:
An Introductory Overview

Renal disease affects 15% of the US adult population and is considered an under-recognized health crisis with significant morbidity and mortality. Common conditions and issues encountered by healthcare providers that can lead to a nephrology referral/consultation will be discussed in this introductory episode.

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Nephrology for the Non-Nephrologist:
Chronic Kidney Disease

It is estimated that 37 million American adults have chronic kidney disease, or CKD, and millions of others are at increased risk. In this podcast, we will detail what CKD is, as well as some of the causes and conditions that can lead to it. Additionally, we will offer healthcare providers information related to the scope of care for the diagnosis and management of CKD, including possible scenarios that could warrant collaboration with, or a referral to, a nephrologist.

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Nephrology for the Non-Nephrologist:
Acute Kidney Injury

Every year, there are more than 13 million cases of acute kidney injury (AKI) worldwide, and this disease burden is on the increase in emerging countries where the annual incidence is estimated to be 11.3 million. In part three of this multipart podcast series, we will discuss what AKI is, as well as some of its most common causes. In addition, we will offer healthcare providers insight into the diagnosis and management of AKI, including the understanding of the long-term consequences of AKI and appropriate patient follow-up.

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Nephrology for the Non-Nephrologist:
Hypertension

Hypertension is a leading cause of kidney disease and in part four of this multipart podcast series, we discuss the clinical implications of hypertension as a significant cardiovascular risk factor. We will also review the clinical care implications of the recent hypertension management and treatment guidelines.

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Nephrology for the Non-Nephrologist:
Hyponatremia

In part five of this multipart podcast series, we will discuss hyponatremia, which occurs when the sodium level in the blood is below normal. We will provide information on common causes of both acute and chronic hyponatremia, as well as their similarities and differences. In addition, we will review the management of, and treatment modalities for, hyponatremia.

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Nephrology for the Non-Nephrologist:
Proteinuria

In the conclusion of this multipart podcast series, we will discuss proteinuria. We will review causes and symptoms, as well as provide information related to the association between proteinuria and later progression of chronic kidney failure. In addition, we will detail treatment options, as well as offer healthcare providers insight into when a nephrology referral may be warranted. 

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Meet the Experts

Benjamin Broome, MD
Dr. Benjamin Broome  grew up in Savannah, Georgia. After high school he attended the University of Georgia where he was a member of the honors program and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Nutrition Science. He received a medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Broome then completed his Internal Medicine training with Baptist Health Systems in Birmingham prior to attending Vanderbilt University for his Nephrology fellowship. Dr. Broome is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, a member of the American Society of Nephrology and the Renal Physicians Association.

Elizabeth Edwards, MD
Dr. Elizabeth W. Edwards served as Chief Resident of Internal Medicine during her residency at the University of South Carolina and joined the faculty after completion of her training. She sees patients in both the faculty practice and the residents’ practice and serves as the residency program’s associate program director.  She also co-directs the hypertension specialty clinic and recently completed editing a textbook on hypertension. Dr. Edwards completed her Master in International Business Studies in 1994 and went on to work at Computer Sciences Corporation from 1995 to 2005 where she held the title of Director of Property and Casualty Outsourcing Program Management.  

Donald DiPette, MD, FACP, FAHA
Dr. DiPette is the Health Sciences Distinguished Professor and previous Dean of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, South Carolina.

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