Inherited Renal Disease Clinic

By Mayo Clinic Staff

The Inherited Renal Disease Clinic in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at Mayo Clinic Rochester provides comprehensive care for patients with inherited kidney disease. Nephrologists, hypertension specialists, surgeons, geneticists, pathologists and radiologists work together in the diagnosis and treatment of these patients.

Each patient is evaluated using state-of-the-art diagnostic testing techniques in renal imaging and renal function analysis. Physicians within the Inherited Renal Disease Clinic work closely with local physicians in coordinating treatment and follow-up care.

Research is also an important aspect of the Inherited Renal Disease Clinic. Through its link to the Mayo Nephrology Collaborative Group, the clinic offers patients the opportunity to participate in clinical trials when appropriate.

Services offered by the Inherited Renal Disease Clinic

Comprehensive medical evaluation and treatment including:

  • Multidisciplinary approach to diagnosis and treatment of inherited kidney diseases
  • Evaluation of patients with known inherited kidney disease or at risk due to family history of inherited kidney disease.
  • State-of-the-art renal imaging and renal function studies not offered at most centers
  • Renal biopsy testing and evaluation of outside kidney biopsy material
  • Coordinated care with local physicians including prompt communication about treatment administration and follow-up testing
  • Convenient follow-up care such as mail-in urine and laboratory testing and ambulatory (portable) blood pressure monitoring devices

Assessment and treatment for inherited kidney diseases:

  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Polycystic liver disease
  • Autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease
  • Early onset autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease
  • Renal dysplasia
  • Kidney hypoplasia
  • Kidney cancer

Other options for patients with inherited renal disease:

  • Patients who require dialysis treatment are offered in-center, regional and home dialysis options
  • Preemptive kidney transplantation evaluation including pre-transplant consultation, living donor evaluation, kidney transplantation and post-transplantation care through the Mayo Clinic Transplant Center.


The Inherited Renal Disease Clinic participates in a variety of innovative research activities. Current research initiatives include:

  • Cutting edge basic science research headed by Peter Harris, Ph.D.
  • Genetics of polycystic kidney disease
  • Clinical trials of emerging treatments for polycystic kidney disease
  • Application of emerging molecular markers as applied to kidney biopsy interpretation and clinical management
  • Evaluation and management of polycystic liver disease patients
  • Clinical trials evaluating treatment options for the management of complications of inherited cystic kidney diseases
  • Genetics of inherited glomerular disease
  • Family studies in inherited kidney disease

Learn more about Mayo Clinic nephrologists and hypertension specialists research publications in PubMed.


For appointments, contact Mayo Clinic on Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 507-284-9991.

Patients being seen within the Inherited Renal Disease Clinic are typically seen by multiple specialists in glomerular diseases. The specific specialists involved and the type of evaluation being done will depend upon the problem that the patient is experiencing. Patients usually are seen primarily by a nephrologist who then coordinates patient care and referrals to other members of the Inherited Renal Disease Clinic.

Clinic personnel work with patients to schedule appointments that will meet their medical and travel needs. Appointments can usually be scheduled within two weeks of the initial request.

Physician Staff

Stephen B. Erickson, M.D.
Marie C. Hogan, M.D., Ph.D.
John C. Lieske, M.D.
Dawn S. Milliner, M.D.
Qi Qian, M.D.
Vicente Torres, M.D., Ph.D.


For a listing of recent publications, refer to PubMed, a service provided by the National Library of Medicine.