Nephrology & Hypertension

Established in July of 2013, EVMS Nephrology & Hypertension offers highly specialized care to patients with kidney disease, including both acute (sudden) occurrences and chronic conditions that develop over several years.  Our physicians, Drs. Liwei Huang, Hakan Toka, and Ramin Tolouian are Board certified and fellowship trained in Nephrology and Internal Medicine.  They teach at Eastern Virginia Medical School, and in addition to caring for patients in both the in-and out-patient settings, they are involved in research of the highest caliber.  Personalized care is one of the hallmarks of the practice.  

One in three Americans is at risk for kidney disease, and that number increases to one in two as people age.  One in nine Americans has already developed kidney disease, although most don't know it.  Kidney disease is two times more common in men than in women; and African Americans, Native Americans and Hispanics have a greater incidence than the Caucasian population.

Any number of conditions can result in kidney disease, kidney failure and death.  Among these are:

  • glomerulonephritis - inflammation of the tiny fibers in the kidneys;
  • diabetes mellitus;
  • hypertension - high blood pressure;
  • renal cystic disease - abnormal fluid-filled sacs in the kidney;
  • polycystic kidney disease - a genetic condition in which clusters of cysts develop;
  • kidney stones - small hard deposits that form inside the kidneys;
  • electrolyte disorders, including
    • hyponatremia - abnormally low sodium levels in the body;
    • hyperkalemia - abnormally high potassium levels in the blood;
    • hypokalemia - abnormally low potassium levels in the blood.
Left untreated, these conditions can lead to severe kidney damage.  But if diagnosed early, kidney disease can be treated effectively.

The physicians of EVMS Nephrology & Hypertension bring the most current information, innovation and modalities to bear for each patient they treat.

For more information or a referral in the clinic, call 757.446.5760. Physicians seeking an inpatient consult should contact the hospital operator and ask for the EVMS nephrologist on call.