New clinic for kidney disease offers specialized, comprehensive care

Dr. Ramesh Saxena

Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a genetic disease that causes uncontrolled growth of cysts in one or both kidneys, which can lead to kidney failure. It is the most common genetic disease of all, affecting one in 1,000 people.

A new, dedicated PKD Clinic at UT Southwestern – one of only a few in the state – is now open to serve as an important resource for PKD patients in North Texas.

UT Southwestern faculty nephrologists Vishal Patel, M.D. (program Director), Ronak Lakhia, M.D., and Ramesh Saxena, M.D., Ph.D., provide specialized care to PKD patients in the Clinic. They are devoted to working with patients diagnosed with PKD throughout their treatment journey.

“PKD patients have unique sets of medical issues that require a multidisciplinary approach,” Dr. Saxena says. “The goal of the PKD Clinic is to provide comprehensive care by a team of expert physicians familiar with PKD management.”

The Clinic offers genetic counseling, pain management, surgical treatment options, stone risk management, advanced imaging, and nutrition and lifestyle counseling.

Dr. Saxena adds, “UT Southwestern is a leading center for PKD research, and part of our mission is to develop novel therapies for treatment. As a result, patients attending the PKD Clinic will have the opportunity to participate in research studies and Clinical trials involving novel or emerging therapies not available elsewhere.”

Roughly half of patients diagnosed with PKD will ultimately need a kidney transplant, according to Dr. Saxena. Collaboration with UT Southwestern transplant surgeons for advanced cases provides added benefit to the program, he says.

All kidney transplant patients receive surgical attention at UT Southwestern’s state-of-the-art William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital.

Request an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with a physician in the Polycystic Kidney Disease Clinic, call 214-645-8300.