Nephrology

Meet our Nephrologist!

A nephrologist is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of kidney-related conditions and diseases. The primary responsibility of a nephrologist is to evaluate and treat patients with kidney disorders, which can include acute and chronic kidney disease, kidney stones, kidney infections, and kidney-related metabolic disorders. They also monitor and manage patients with high blood pressure, as hypertension is a leading cause of kidney disease.

Additionally, nephrologists are trained to manage and prescribe treatments for patients undergoing dialysis or kidney transplant. They work closely with other medical professionals, including primary care physicians, urologists, and dietitians, to develop comprehensive care plans that address the patient's unique needs. Nephrologists also play a critical role in preventing kidney disease by promoting healthy lifestyle habits and educating patients on the importance of regular kidney function testing. Ultimately, their goal is to improve the quality of life for patients with kidney disease and prevent the progression of the condition to end-stage renal disease.

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Some of the most common kidney-related diseases and conditions that nephrologists treat include:

  1. Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) - a progressive loss of kidney function over time.
  2. Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) - a sudden, rapid loss of kidney function.
  3. Glomerulonephritis - an inflammation of the kidney's filtering system.
  4. Nephrotic Syndrome - a group of symptoms that indicate damage to the kidneys.
  5. Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) - a genetic disorder in which cysts develop in the kidneys.
  6. Kidney Stones - solid deposits that form in the kidneys.
  7. Hypertension (high blood pressure) - a leading cause of kidney disease.
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Neal Bhagwandass

NephrologistĀ 

Dr. Neal Bhagwandass is a renowned nephrologist who has made significant contributions to the field of medicine. He obtained his MB BS from the University of the West Indies and later completed his MRCP from the UK. Dr. Bhagwandass also holds a Master's degree in Epidemiology from the University of London, and he is certified in advanced cardiac life support by the London Resuscitation Council.

As a part-time lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Dr. Bhagwandass is passionate about imparting knowledge to the next generation of medical professionals. He also serves as the head of the Department of Medicine at San Fernando General Hospital, where he oversees the care of patients with a wide range of medical conditions.

Dr. Bhagwandass is a member of the American Society of Nephrology, and his expertise in this field has earned him a reputation as a leading authority in the diagnosis and treatment of kidney diseases. His commitment to patient care and medical research has made a significant impact on the medical community, and he continues to be a driving force in the field of nephrology.

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Some of the common treatments offered by nephrologists for these conditions include:

  1. Medications - to control blood pressure, manage electrolyte imbalances, and treat other symptoms.
  2. Dialysis - a process that removes waste and excess fluid from the body when the kidneys are unable to perform this function.
  3. Kidney Transplantation - a surgical procedure that replaces a diseased kidney with a healthy donor kidney.
  4. Nutritional counseling - to help patients maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle to prevent the progression of kidney disease.
  5. Management of underlying medical conditions - such as diabetes or autoimmune disorders, which can contribute to kidney disease.

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