Finding Patients At Risk For Kidney Disease and Getting Ahead of Treatment

Gerald Hladik, MD, chief of the division of nephrology and hypertension, has been featured in a Hospitals and Health Networks article explaining the need for early detection of kidney disease.

Finding Patients At Risk For Kidney Disease and Getting Ahead of Treatment click to enlarge Dr. Gerald Hladik is Medical Director of the Acute Dialysis Unit at UNC Hospitals and Doc J. Thurston Distinguished Professor of Medicine

Gerald Hladik, MD, chief of the division of nephrology and hypertension was recently interviewed by Hospitals & Health Networks. Following are excerpts from the article "The Renal Treatment: Getting Ahead of Kidney Disease."

“Kidney disease is very much underrecognized in the general population,” says Gerald Hladik, M.D., chief of the division of nephrology and hypertension, in the article. Dr. Hladik emphasizes that "everybody knows about cancer and heart disease, but not many people think about kidney disease."  He says kidney disease is "just as important, with a prevalence that’s often higher than many forms of cancer, and outcomes that are quite severe.”

The article recognizes the UNC Kidney Center's outreach program and mobile unit, with on-site facilities for screening. It also explains a registered message frequently used to encourage a patient-physician conversation: "Hey Doc, how are my kidneys?

“We hope to get at-risk individuals into local care with the ultimate goal of preventing or delaying chronic kidney disease progression,” says Dr. Hladik, M.D.

To read the full article, visit: Hospitals & Health Networks.