A vascular access is a vein or synthetic shunt created under the skin. Needles are placed into the vascular access during the dialysis treatment which gives access to the patient’s blood. If the access is created with the patient’s own vein, it is called an Arteriovenous Fistula (AVF). If it is created with synthetic material it is called an Arteriovenous Graft (AVG). The vascular access is the “lifeline” for a hemodialysis patient, and it requires occasional interventions to keep it from clogging. Kidney doctors called interventional nephrologists are trained in providing these special vascular procedures.
ENA’s board certified interventional nephrologists provide comprehensive vascular access management through our two vascular access centers located in Greenville and New Bern, North Carolina. ENA is partnered with a national company called Azura Vascular. Our doctors are supported by highly trained nurse anesthetists, advanced practitioner professionals, nurses, technicians, and assistants.
Eastern Nephrology Associates has acquired Carolina Kidney & Vascular, PA, with offices in Goldsboro and Clinton, NC.
Carolina Kidney & Vascular was founded by Robert Dunmire, MD, providing services in general, interventional and pediatric nephrology. Also in the practice is general nephrologist Thejaswini "TJ" Kempananjappa Kaggere, MD. The practice currently manages care at ten dialysis centers in the surrounding areas.
Eastern Nephrology will be combining its Goldsboro services with Carolina Kidney and Vascular under the Eastern Nephrology umbrella through offices in Goldsboro and Clinton.