Kidney and Hypertension Center

The Rockwood Kidney and Hyptertension Center offers medical treatment of kidney disease, high blood pressure (hypertension), including the use of dialysis and transplantation to treat patients with advanced, end stage kidney failure.

Established in 1959, Nephrology is one of the oldest medical specialties with continuous representation at Rockwood Clinic. Rockwood Clinic has six physicians and four other providers working out of three Nephrology offices in Spokane and Coeur d'Alene with patients in a six county area. This group covers eight different dialysis units and six hospitals spread over a 70-mile radius. The group currently provides care to more than 300 dialysis patients and more than 400 patients who have received a kidney transplant. They also specialize in treating patients with difficult to control high blood pressure occurring in special situations, such as pregnancy.

Kidney failure is most commonly caused by diabetes and high blood pressure. Diseases of the circulation, often due to cigarette smoking, are also major causes of chronic kidney disease. Lupus and other diseases of the immune system, environmental toxins (lead, overuse of some pain medications), and hereditary kidney diseases also produce kidney disease requiring the expertise of nephrologists. Once kidney functions is reduced to an advanced degree (end stage kidney failure) life can be maintained through dialysis, or kidney function can be restored with a successful kidney transplant.

Untreated, chronic kidney disease often involves the slow, progressive destruction of kidney function. However, modern aggressive treatments as prescribed and managed by nephrologists are effective in slowing or completely stopping this decline in kidney function.


Kidney and Hypertension Center - Coeur d'Alene

700 West Ironwood Drive, Suite: 375
Coeur d'Alene, ID  83814
TEL: (208) 666-9541
FAX: (509) 755-6518
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Kidney and Hypertension Center - North

Northpointe Building
605 East Holland Avenue, Suite: 200
Spokane, WA  99218
TEL: (509) 755-5477
FAX: (509) 755-6518
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Main Clinic

400 East Fifth Avenue
Spokane, WA  99202
TEL: (509) 838-2531
FAX: (509) 755-6580
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Valley Specialty Center

1415 North Houk Road, Suite: D
Spokane Valley, WA  99216
TEL: (509) 755-5580
FAX: (509) 755-5583
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Richard Carson, M.D., FACP

Richard Carson, M.D. FACP, nephrology, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA, and his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA. Dr. Carson completed an internship and residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in nephrology all at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. He did a second fellowship in transplant medicine at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. He belongs to the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Internal Medicine with a subspecialty in nephrology. Dr. Carson is also the medical director of the Kidney Transplant Program at Sacred Heart Medical Center and a clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Dr. Carson has been a physician with Rockwood Clinic since 1996.
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