Division of Nephrology


Ranked 32nd in U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals 2018-2019, the Division of Nephrology consists of 16 full-time clinical and research faculty, a nurse practitioner, two RNs, and one physician assistant. With a commitment locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, the Division of Nephrology serves the needs of a diverse adult nephrology patient population. Conversely, training and educating future physicians and remaining a leader in the field of nephrology, hypertension, and clinical pharmacology research are one of the passions of the faculty in the Division of Nephrology. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) education and its treatment modalities are an integral part of the teaching curriculum in the Division of Nephrology.

Clinical and basic research interests are varied and encompass renal pharmacology, cardiorenal and hepatorenal syndrome, hypertension, hemostasis in dialysis patients, whole animal research in intravascular volume regulation, molecular biology of mesangial cells and mechanisms of sodium transport. Faculty possesses advanced knowledge in the areas of renal therapies, transplantation and dialysis.

The Division of Nephrology serves central Virginia's clinical nephrology needs while educating future physicians and remaining on the cutting edge of nephrology and clinical pharmacology research.

The division supports an active clinical inpatient and outpatient service at VCU Medical Center and Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center. Daily consult and ward rounds are attended by faculty, housestaff, students and fellows. Two outpatient and two inpatient dialysis facilities are supported by the faculty. Housestaff and fellows actively participate in the dialysis units at both institutions. The division also supports an active renal transplantation program.

The nephrology division works in conjunction with the following sections/programs:

  • Renal section of the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center Headed by George Feldman, MD
  • Kidney and Pancreas Transplant program 
Headed by Anne King, MD
  • Clinical pharmacology and hypertension section 
Headed by Domenic Sica, MD

About the Chair

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About the Chair

Dr. Todd Gehr currently is the Vice-Chairman of Internal Medicine and Chairman of the Division of Nephrology. Dr. Gehr received his undergraduate training at Purdue University in Chemical Engineering and went on to receive a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering. He received his MD from West Virginia University Medical School in Morgantown West Virginia.

Learn more about Dr. Gehr.

Nephrology outpatient clinics are located both on and off campus. A comprehensive range of diseases affecting the kidneys, including Hypertension, hematuria, proteinuria, chronic kidney disease (CKD), nephrotic syndrome, glomerulonephritis, system lupus erythematosus (SLE), POTS, kidney stones and Fabry’s disease. Physicians also round at two free-standing outpatient dialysis facilities located within the community.

Clinical Specialties/Focus

  • General Nephrology
  • Resistant Hypertension
  • Kidney Stones
  • POTS Disease
  • Renal Pharmacology
  • Diabetic Nephropathy
  • Glomerular Disease
  • Vasculitis
  • SLE-Related Kidney Disease
  • Fabry Disease
  • Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy
  • Acute Renal Failure
  • Home Dialysis
  • Frequent Daily Dialysis
  • Renal and Pancreas Transplantation
  • Cardiorenal Syndrome
  • Hepatorenal Syndrome
  • Electrolyte Disturbances
  • Management of the Highly Sensitized Patient for Renal Transplantation
  • Antibody mediated rejection

Faculty within the Division of Nephrology are active in a wide range of research.

Division of Nephrology
1101 East Marshall Street
Box 980160
Richmond, Virginia 23298
(804) 828-9682

Division Contacts


Todd W. Gehr, M.D.
Division Chair
Box 980160
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0160
Phone: (804) 827-1746 
Fax: (804) 828-7567
Email: todd.gehr@vcuhealth.org


Rebecca Vokes, MHA
Division Administrator
Box 980663
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0111
Phone:  (804) 828-6866
Email: rebecca.vokes@vcuhealth.org

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