Kidney & Pancreas (Renal Care)

Renal Care (Kidney & Pancreas) - ECMC Hospital, Buffalo, NY
Renal Care (Kidney & Pancreas) - ECMC Hospital, Buffalo, NY
Renal Care (Kidney & Pancreas) - ECMC Hospital, Buffalo, NY

Welcome to the Regional Center of Excellence for Transplantation and Kidney Care.

At the Regional Center of Excellence for Transplantation and Kidney Care at ECMC, we are equipped to treat patients at every stage of kidney disease or kidney failure.

Our transplant program has offered kidney transplants since 1964 and pancreas transplants since 2004. Our experienced multidisciplinary team serves our community with consistently high scores in outcomes and transplant rates from deceased donors, and also offers laparoscopic donor nephrectomy procedures to promote faster recovery for live kidney donors.

Our commitment to excellence and focus on the patient experience has led to high satisfaction for recipients and living donors alike. With advanced therapies in desensitization and paired-donor exchange, our living donor transplant program has also made more transplants possible, helping recipients of those organs as well as patients on the waiting list.

ECMC is also positioned to remain in the forefront of major innovations in transplantation, such as steroid free immunosuppression and the opportunity for patients to participate in ongoing research trials, offering our patients leading-edge treatments and individual compassion and attention.

Health Information

Looking for more information about kidney transplants, kidney disease, resources for patients and families, and other related topics? Visit these links for additional information about these services in Western New York.*

The Kidney Foundation of Western New York (http://www.kfwny.org)

Upstate New York Transplant Services (http://www.unyts.org)

 *Please be advised that these links and their websites are not managed by ECMC. While ECMC believes this information to be valuable, useful, and respected, ECMC does not own, control, or take responsibility for the content of these sites. Visitors are encouraged to review the privacy/service agreements of each linked site.

Barbara Breckenridge - Patient Stories - Renal Care (Kidney and Pancreas) - ECMC Hospital - Buffalo, NY
ECMC has been a life-saving and life-changing center for transplant recipients like myself, dialysis patients, families and all within the renal community. We are most grateful for the excellent care and services that we continue to receive from ECMC.”

BARBARA BRECKINRIDGE  |  Kidney Transplant Recipient  |  ECMC/2005  |  More ECMC Patient Stories »

CONDITIONS & DISEASES    |    Kidney & Pancreas (Renal Care)

At ECMC, we are equipped to treat the entire spectrum of various conditions and diseases associated with the kidney and pancreas. As a national model for transplantation and treatment for chronic kidney disease and other conditions of the kidney and pancreas, the Center offers cutting-edge care to patients facing a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Alport syndrome
  • Acute kidney failure
  • Kidney disease and chronic kidney disease (CKD)
  • Kidney cancer
  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • End stage renal disease (ESRD)
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Nephrotic syndrome and nephritic syndrome
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TREATMENTS & PROCEDURES    |    Kidney & Pancreas (Renal Care)

As a national model for transplantation and treatment for chronic kidney disease and other conditions of the kidney and pancreas, the Center offers cutting-edge renal care and pancreatic care, including:

With this expertise, the Center offers a vital resource of kidney research and treatment to the entire region of Western New York and Southern Ontario.

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Conditions & Diseases

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CONDITIONS & DISEASES    |    Kidney & Pancreas (Renal Care)

At ECMC, we are equipped to treat the entire spectrum of various conditions and diseases associated with the kidney and pancreas. As a national model for transplantation and treatment for chronic kidney disease and other conditions of the kidney and pancreas, the Center offers cutting-edge care to patients facing a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Alport syndrome
  • Acute kidney failure
  • Kidney disease and chronic kidney disease (CKD)
  • Kidney cancer
  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • End stage renal disease (ESRD)
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Nephrotic syndrome and nephritic syndrome

Treatments & Procedures

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TREATMENTS & PROCEDURES    |    Kidney & Pancreas (Renal Care)

At the Center, we work to provide our patients lifesaving care with the best treatments available. Featuring both inpatient and outpatient care, the Center is the realization of a longtime goal of leading kidney specialists and nephrologists. Exceptional facilities, staff and expertise enable us to care for patients with a comprehensive range of treatments and procedures, including:

With this expertise, the Center offers a vital resource of kidney research and treatment to the entire region of Western New York and Southern Ontario.

Our Doctors

Meet our dedicated team of doctors and nephrologists who bring the best of their comprehensive medical expertise in renal care to bear for our kidney and pancreas patients.


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Rocco C. Venuto, MD
Doctors, Renal Care
Associate Medical Director of Transplant Services, Medical Director of the Chronic Kidney Disease Program
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Liise Kayler, MD
Doctors, Renal Care
Program Director, Regional Center of Excellence for Transplantation and Kidney Care
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Raphael Blochle, MD
Doctors, Outpatient Specialty Clinics, Renal Care, Surgery, Surgical Clinics, Trauma Center and Emergency Care
Attending Surgeon
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James Lukan, MD, FACS
Doctors, Outpatient Specialty Clinics, Renal Care, Surgery, Surgical Clinics, Trauma Center and Emergency Care
Surgical Director, Vascular Access
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