Welcome from the Division Chief
Welcome to the Division of Nephrology in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
The UAMS Division of Nephrology consists of an excellent team of faculty members, advanced practice providers and nurses, fellows, and administrators who offer clinical care in inpatient and outpatient settings at both the UAMS Medical Center and the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital. We are a leader in providing quality medical care to the central Arkansas community and beyond, advancing care through innovative research and discovery, and educating and training the doctors and scientists of tomorrow.
Our goal is to provide outstanding clinical services to adult patients with a wide range of conditions, including hypertension, electrolyte disorders, and all causes of kidney disease, as well as patients undergoing hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. In addition to our general nephrology and dialysis clinics, our providers offer consultative services and see patients in specialized clinics focused on glomerulonephritis or chronic kidney disease. The UAMS Glomerular Disease Clinic helps patients and their referring physicians identify the cause of their glomerular disease and form an appropriate treatment plan.
The UAMS Medical Center is home to a renal transplant program, which the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients has consistently ranked among the top in the nation. In its most recent report comparing all 256 transplant centers (6/30/2022), UAMS was one of only five programs to receive the highest ranking in both categories, and placed second in the country when it comes to speed of obtaining a deceased donor transplant and fifth in the category for patient survivability one year after transplant.
Our Nephrology fellowship program recruits four general nephrology fellows each year. The fellowship program emphasizes clinical training in the diagnosis and treatment of renal diseases, as well as a basic understanding of renal physiology and pathophysiology. UAMS collaborates with the Arkansas Department of Heath on a statewide referral network, increasing the scope of renal diseases seen in our program. Our program has an exceptionally strong presence in acute kidney injury/critical care nephrology, CKD and its management with telehealth, home dialysis modalities, and transplant. Our collaboration and close proximity with Arkana Laboratories provides our trainees an experience in glomerular diseases which is second to none.
The division’s commitment to education is sincere. Since 2016, UAMS has hosted KIDNEYcon, an annual three-day conference that provides the latest advances in kidney care in a hands-on collaborative format. KIDNEYcon features 25-30 national speakers who are experts in their field, and serves as a platform for nephrologists and trainees to interact with each other and form mentor/mentee relationships and develop research collaborations.
Our faculty members have active, ongoing funded research programs and are committed to finding new ways to help patients identify the source of their kidney disease and develop new methods of treatment. Areas of particular research emphasis include the diagnosis and treatment of glomerular diseases, acute kidney injury, transplantation, chronic kidney disease, the gut microbiome, and continuing education for nephrologists and trainees.
John Arthur, M.D., Ph.D., FASN
Chief, Division of Nephrology
Associate Director and KL2 Director, Translational Research Institute
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
4301 W. Markham St., #501
Little Rock, AR 72205
Office: Shorey Building 3/12