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    Bharat Sachdeva, MD
    Division Chief

The Louisiana Legislature officially authorized the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport in 1965, and the inaugural class of medical students started training in 1969. For over four decades, the Division of Nephrology at LSU Health Shreveport has provided comprehensive care for patients with kidney disease to a vast north and central Louisiana population. Being partnered with Ochsner Health System, one of the largest health care centers in the country, offers a partnership that helps us achieve our institution's goals of educating the physicians of tomorrow, improving the lives of our patients, and advancing research. 

Education and Training

Dedicated faculty with a passion for understanding each trainee's unique strengths and goals helps us provide comprehensive fellowship training recognized across the United States and worldwide. Fellows learn to manage a variety of renal disorders in the hospital and ambulatory setting and become adept at performing kidney biopsies and placing central lines for hemodialysis. Management of complex Glomerular diseases is learned in collaboration with nationally renowned renal pathologists. Interventional Nephrology training is part of every general nephrology fellow within the two-year clinical nephrology fellowship program. Training alongside more than 500 residents and fellows provides a platform for continued engagement and personal development. The Internal Medicine Residency Program Director and Student Clerkship Director are faculty members of the Nephrology Division. The interventional Nephrology fellowship offers the opportunity for general nephrology fellows to train in our nationally-recognized interventional lab. Learn More.

Patient Care

We are committed to providing comprehensive and personalized care for our patients with kidney disease. Ambulatory and telemedicine clinics focused on Chronic Kidney disease, Hypertension, Glomerular diseases, Transplant care, dialysis vascular access, and kidney stone prevention help patients from diverse geographical areas lower the disease burden. Hospital nephrology services provide acute and chronic dialysis care, Intensive care support, and management of complex glomerular diseases. Home hemodialysis, incenter hemodialysis, and peritoneal dialysis services are offered to over five hundred ESRD patients in over sixteen dialysis facilities across northwest Louisiana. Our Interventional Nephrology program strives to create and maintain dialysis access for CKD and ESRD patients.  


The Division of Nephrology is actively involved in a wide range of research areas. Several faculties are engaged in research programs that aim to improve access to care and improve patient outcomes. A core part of the institution’s mission, research on campus ranges from basic science to translational research and testing the latest therapies in clinical trials. Learn More.

I invite you to explore our website for more information on about our program.
With warmest regards,
Dr. Bharat Sachdeva, Chief of Nephrology



Office of Nephrology:
(318) 675-7402

Fellowships Program Director:
Mary Buffington, MD
(318) 675-4497

Interventional Nephrology 
Adrian Sequeira, MD
(318) 675-7402

Fellowships Program Coordinator:
Nephrology & Interventional Nephrology
Samantha Navarre Leone
(318) 675-7403



The Division of Nephrology and Hypertension is recognized for its excellence in patient care, medical education, research, and community outreach. The division has received multiple awards for its teaching and research activities.

We serve as a resource for continuing medical education for the physicians in our region.


Our mission in the Division of Nephrology at LSU Health Shreveport is to provide excellent patient care and practice highest standards in academic medicine. Nephrology serves as a resource for continuing medical education for the physicians in our region.

In implementing our mission, we are committed to:
  • Educating physicians, basic scientists, residents, fellows and allied health professionals based on state-of-the-art curricula, methods, and facilities, preparing students for careers in health care service, teaching, or research.
  • Providing state-of-the-art clinical care, including a range of tertiary special services, to an enlarging and diverse regional base of patients.
  • Achieving distinction and international recognition for basic science and clinical research programs that contribute to the body of knowledge and practice in science and medicine.
  • Supporting the region and the State in economic growth and prosperity by utilizing research and knowledge to engage in productive partnerships with the private sector.



Our clinical programs include active inpatient services, outpatient peritoneal dialysis units, hemodialysis units, and Interventional Nephrology unit.

We currently see over 1,000 new consults each year, make over 6,000 bedside visits, perform over 6,000 dialyses in the hospital, perform more than 1,200 dialysis access procedures, care for over 400 dialysis patients in our outpatient units, and provide for hundreds of telemedicine care visits each year.

Learn more about Patient Care



Ours is a close-knit, people-oriented program, emphasizing all aspects of nephrology – consultation, primary care, dialysis, and interventional.  We provide a major portion of the education of our medical students, as well as extensive post-graduate training in Nephrology.  Our Fellows assume primary, hands-on responsibility for patient care under the guidance of experienced clinicians.  While we are proud of our training program and the quality of our trainees; we are constantly striving to make the program better, and to adapt to the forces of change in our filed. The challenge to the physicians and the employees of the department is to balance Patient Expectations, Patient Needs, and Available Resources to achieve Patient Satisfaction and Quality Care. We believe this can best be accomplished within a culture of mutual trust and respect.


Many of our clinical faculty members are leaders in their fields and enjoy national and international reputations. They participate in key national committees and serve in leadership roles in major national and international medical societies. They are truly engaged in the advancement of medical knowledge.   - Meet Our Faculty


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Louisiana State University Health Shreveport (LSUHS) strives to cultivate a diverse and inclusive culture that supports equity, acceptance, and respect for the differences in others. The institution is committed to achieving excellence in fulfilling its mission by utilizing the rich talents of individuals who contribute different backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences to the work and learning environment and who reflect the varied populations of Louisiana. As such, the institution adopts a definition of diversity that embraces a broad spectrum of human expression and characteristics that include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, gender/gender identity, social and cultural attributes, abilities, sexual orientation, religion, rural or metropolitan background, military or veteran status, and age. In addition, diversity also includes life experiences, record of service, and other talents and personal attributes that enhance the work and learning atmosphere. LSUHS is dedicated to building an inclusive and diverse community through the recruitment, enrollment, hiring, and retention/graduation of students, faculty, staff, and leadership who meet this definition of diversity.



Division of Internal Medicine


Division of Internal Medicine


Division of Internal Medicine