Penn State Hershey Nephrology

Nasrollah Ghahramani, MD, MS
Professor of Medicine
Interim Chief, Division of Nephrology

At Penn State Hershey Nephrology, we strive to be leaders in providing quality medical care to the Central Pennsylvania community, advancing care through innovative research and training tomorrow's doctors and scientists. Penn State Hershey Nephrology delivers a full array of clinical services in dialysis, kidney transplantation, hypertension, inpatient consultation, outpatient consultation and chronic disease management activities. Our faculty members are also internationally recognized for their laboratory and clinical research into the causes and treatments of kidney disease. Our education programs span the continuum from undergraduate summer research programs, pre-clinical and clinical medical student courses, graduate medical training for residents and subspecialty training for Nephrology fellows. Several of our faculty have been recognized with institutional teaching awards.

About Us

Penn State Hershey Nephrology evaluates and treats adult patients with a variety of acute and chronic kidney diseases and/or hypertension.

Dialysis is offered at an outpatient dialysis unit on the Hershey campus and at several free-standing dialysis units in the region. Our doctors provide care for about one-hundred and eighty dialysis patients. All modalities of chronic dialysis are available, including in-center hemodialysis, home hemodialysis, nocturnal hemodialysis, chronic ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) and chronic cyclic peritoneal dialysis (CCPD). Additionally, dialysis is performed as necessary for patients undergoing kidney transplant and for transients visiting the area. The kidney transplant service performs about 40-50 kidney transplants per year. This program performs combined kidney/pancreas transplants and kidney/liver transplants as well. We are deeply involved in the care and in the preparation and evaluation of patients seeking kidney transplants, follow such patients on the surgical transplant service during hospitalization for their kidney transplant and provide follow-up of medical care in the outpatient department.

The inpatient consultation service is an active service that follows an inpatient census of 25 to 35 patients. All dialysis modalities, including continuous venovenous hemodiafiltration (CVVHD), are provided.  The outpatient clinics see a broad spectrum of kidney diseases, including diabetic kidney disease, kidney stones, renal tubular acidosis, glomerular diseases, hematuria/proteinuria, chronic kidney disease and complicated hypertension. Outpatient clinics are located at the Hershey campus (UPC300), Camp Hill and Nye's Road sites for greater patient convenience.