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What is a Nephrologist?  

Your physician has referred you to a nephrologist for consultation and possibly diagnostic studies or treatment.  A nephrologist is a specialist fully trained in internal medicine, who has additional and extensive training in the field of nephrology.  Nephrology covers diseases of the kidneys and uncontrollable hypertension (blood pressure).  A nephrologist has had an average of thirteen to fifteen years of education and training beyond high school with the last two to three years spent in acquiring special knowledge and skills in nephrology.  He functions primarily as a consultant to other physicians; but in some special diseases he might assume primary care of the patient.  

How and when are appointments scheduled?  

Appointments are scheduled in advance by calling 330-649-9400.  However, if you need to be seen on an emergency basis, every effort will be made to take care of you as soon as possible.  Should it be necessary to miss and appointment, please notify us one day in advance of your scheduled appointment so someone else can have that time.  A parent or legal guardian must accompany minors.  If your insurance requires a referral, it is your responsibility to make sure it is done before your appointment.  

How long does an appointment take?  

The initial visit to the doctor entails a consultation and may take 60 minutes.  Established patient appointments will take 15-30 minutes.  

How do I get prescription refills?  

If you run out of your prescription before your next office visit you should call the office to request a refill.  Please have the medication information ready such as the name, dosage and frequency.  You may check with your pharmacy after 4:00pm to see that the refill has been called in.   Routine prescription refills will be processed during office hours only.  

How long does it take for disability or other forms to be completed by the office?  

Because of the time needed to process these forms and the physician’s busy schedule, they cannot be completed on an “emergency” or “while you wait” basis.  We need at least 5 business days to complete these forms.

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