Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
I have two main clinical interests. First is the care of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). My main focus is on educating patients about CKD, and about their risk factors such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity that should be treated in order to slow CKD progression.
My second clinical interest is specifically in the care of young women with CKD during their reproductive years. Young women with CKD are often on medications that can cause harm to a developing fetus and should be counseled about these potential risks. Additionally, women with CKD are at risk for preeclampsia, and their infants may be affected by preterm delivery and low birthweight. These patients also require close follow-up during pregnancy to monitor for worsening of their CKD.
I am currently a doctoral student in Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health. My dissertation research focuses on pregnancy complications, including gestational diabetes and preeclampsia, and if women with a history of these disorders are at subsequent risk for chronic kidney disease.
Elizabeth Dehmer, M.D.