The Department of Nephrology was established by Pro Guozhang Xu in 1985. Through 20 years of development, it is now the greatest, oldest and leading Nephrology Clinical and Academic center of South-West China. Currently, the Division consists of Ward I, Ward II, Hemodialysis Center and West China-Baxter Peritoneal Dialysis Center. 7 professors, 5 associated professors, 11 attending physicians and 28 nurses are in the division.
The clinical program in The Department of Nephrology includes Hemodialysis(HD), chronic ambulatory peritoneal dialysis(PD), Hemofiltration(HF), Hemoperfusion(HP), Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy(CRRT), Plasma exchange Therapy(PE), renal biopsy, out-patient hemodialysis and in-patient services. The patient services are provided by Ward I and Ward II, which provide nearly 200 beds. HD, HF, HP and CRRT therapies are provided by the Hemodialysis Center, which provides 51 Hemodialysis machines and 7 CRRT systems. Each year, the Nephrology Division treats nearly 3,000 in-patients, 46,000 out-patients, carries out more than 25,000 times HD therapies and performs more than 600 renal biopsy examinations.
The Department of Nephrology is one of the basic and clinical research communities of West China Hospital, Sichuan University. Two doctoral tutors and 8 master tutors and their students are now carrying out basic and clinical research in a variety of fields such as pathogenesis and treatment of diabetic nephropathy, IgA nephropathy and other renal diseases, renal interstitial fibrosis, stem cell treatment of renal disease, kidney transplantation, hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, evidence based medicine in renal diseases as well as traditional Chinese medicine therapy. Currently More than 40 funded-studies are being conducted, including 3 National Natural Science Foundations, 1 Ministry of Health Fund supported studies.
As a part of the teaching facility of West China Hospital of Sichuan University, the Department of Nephrology is now providing medical education programs for medical students, postgraduate students (including master, MD and PhD), interns, residents. The Department also provides Continuing Medical Educations.
Working hard with all the faculties, the aim of The Department of Nephrology is to provide “the highest level of patient care, expand the frontiers of scientific investigation, and offer state-of-the-art training and education”.