Vascular Access

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

At the Regional Center of Excellence for Transplantation and Kidney Care, we’re pleased to offer an on-site Vascular Access Center (VAC) to make dialysis treatment easier and avoid unnecessary issues.

For a kidney dialysis patient, vascular access is critical to long-term success and survival. Based on the national average, a patient’s vascular access—a surgically created fistula or shunt—will require at least two interventions per year to maintain. Our VAC works to prevent access failure and to decrease dialysis complications, such as blood clots. Ultimately, choosing the VAC can help you coordinate your care, decrease your needs for urgent intervention and help you avoid emergency department visits related to vascular access problems.

At the VAC, we create a customized program for each patient for creation and maintenance of all vascular access. Our maintenance program includes:

  • A clinical exam
  • Transonic flows to measure the efficiency of dialysis when applicable
  • Noninvasive assessment with ultrasound

Additionally, since we know that our patients are already committed to a kidney dialysis schedule, we will schedule ultrasounds and procedures in one visit for your convenience. You can return to your home dialysis unit with a functioning vascular access and a plan for follow-up maintenance.

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 »

Our Doctors

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