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Dr. Kevin Griffiths

Nephrology and Dialysis
Washington, DC
male

Locations

Office

Washington, DC

Address

101 Irving Street, Suite 2500, Washington, DC
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About

Bio

Dr. Kevin Orlando Griffiths is Board Certified in Nephrology and Internal medicine. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and earned his medical degree and masters in public health in health policy and administration at the University of Medicine and Dentistry – New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey. Dr. Griffiths completed his internal medicine residency and nephrology fellowship training at the same institution. Dr. Griffiths is a Fellow with the American Society of Nephrology, an honorship for those who have distinguished themselves through excellence in practice or research. Additionally, he was selected to serve on the council of Practicing Nephrology Group for the American Society of Nephrology to provide recommendations for clinical care to nephrologists throughout the United States. Dr. Griffiths has been recognized as one of “America’s Top Physicians” for 2009, 2010, 2011 in nephrology by the Consumer Research Council of America. Currently, Dr. Griffiths is a partner in the nephrology practice of Metro Renal Associates. He has been practicing at hospitals in the District of Columbia and Maryland area since 2008. He specializes in treating patients inflicted with chronic kidney disease, difficult to control hypertension, lupus nephritis and renal stones. Additionally, Dr. Griffiths provides clinical instruction to medical students and internal medicine residents at Providence Hospital in the District of Columbia.

Specialties
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Nephrology and Dialysis

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

144 Answers
32 Agrees
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Diabetes,HTN: Uncontrolled diabetes is by and far the number one reason why someone develops renal failure. Uncontrolled high blood pressure is the second leading c... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Hypo: Potassium is needed to help muscle function. Without enough potassium, there is a change in the conduction of cells within a muscle. This change can... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Definitely: Hyponatremia means you have a low sodium level. One way is through dehydration. Dehydration causes hyponatremia usually when a patient is taking a diu... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Decrease urination: There are multiple signs of acute renal failure (arf). The first sign that must people realize is a decrease in urine output as well as noticeable sw... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Depends: A 1.53 creatinine is considered mildly elevated. However this number depends on your previous creatinine level. If your level was much lower, then yo... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Older women: Although every individual is at risk to develop hyponatremia, older women and pregnant women in particular are most at a higher risk to develop hypon... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Seizures and Death: Without adequate treatment, hyponatremia has serious complications. This condition can lead to mental fatigue, seizures and eventually death. Therefo... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
High/Low Sodium: Hyponatremia means an individual has too little sodium in thier body. Hypernatremia means they have too much sodium in their body. Either condition ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Nephrologist: A kidney doctor should primarily treat a lupus patient who has kidney involvement. In certain situations, a rheumatologist can treat this condition.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Yes: Although you have an elevated creatinine, you are ok to take an ace inhibitor. The ace inhibitor will actually protect your kidney from losing protei... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Possibly: If you are on hemodialysis, then you will have to be at an in center facility three times a week for 3 to 4 hours per session. This form of dilaysis m... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Definitely: An ultrasound only shows the structure of the kidney. It can tell whether there is a kidney stone or an something obstructuing urine from leaving the... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Uncontrolled BP: When a patient who is taking 3 or 4 blood presure medicines but still has an elevated blood pressure, then they should be screened for renal artery st... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Yes: First i would concentrate on treating my stage 4 kidney disease to the best of my abilities. You may not need a transplant or dialysis if you can man... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Now: Since you are waiting for a kidney transplant, you must have signifcant renal damage. This damage can lead to may medical issues that you will have t... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
1: It only takes one time for your kidneys to completely shut down and you would have to go on dialysis.
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
No: Tongue swelling nor muscle cramps indicate renal disease. Renal disease may be present if you have swelling in your legs, have a decrease in appetite... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Never: The dialysis machine does not cause patients to develop sepsis. Dialysis patients are at risk for sepsis for many other reasons such as having a cathe... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Depends: With a vascular fistula, you can not use it for 2 to 3 months. While if you have a vascular graft, you can not use it for 1 month.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Definitely: As long as your doctor has cleared you post procedure, by all means enjoy life.
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Absolutely: Hiv is spread via blood transfusion, sexual intercourse and intravenous drug use. It can not be transmitted during a dialysis treatment. There are m... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
No urine output: When the kidneys fail, the body loses the ability to excrete urine. Therefore a person in kidney failure who drinks fluid will not be able to excrete... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
BP Medicines: The non surgical options likely will include having to take multiple blood pressure medicines. The renal artery stenosis causes an increase in blood ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Possibly: Protein in the urine (called proteinuria) can come from many sources. Some sources are considered safe, while others need more medical work up. Safe s... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Body attacks itself: Autoimmune means when your own immune system or antibodies unfortunately attacks itself. This occurs in disease such as lupus and type 1 diabetes.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Can Be: If you are retaining urine, this excessive urine can build up in the bladder and even backflow into the kidney. In either situation, you can develop ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Depends: Your high BP may have caused the enlarged heart condition called hypertrophy. If you can control your blood pressure especially with an anti-hyperten... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
No: Drinking beer adds additional calories and weight to your body. The more your drink, the higher your weight is. The higher your weight is, then it i... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Not Usually: Lisinopril is classified as a blood pressure medication that is grouped withe ace inhibitors. The side effects attributed to it are, non-productive c... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Yes: You have to get a renal ultrasound. It is an imaging test that determines the size and number of cysts ona kidney. Based upon the number of cysts on... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Low Salt Diet: The best natural remedy for blood pressure control is getting to your ideal body weight and mainting a low salt diet (less than 2 grams daily). If the... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Probably: Not sure what "unstable bp" means. However if you have a blood pressure reading above 140/90 on three separate occasions 1 week apart, then you shoul... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Decreased Urination: Acute kidney disease represents an attack against the attack usually from profound dehydration, nephrotoxic agents like antibiotics or from bacterial ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Diet and exercise: Uncontrolled hypertension usually occurs to indiviudals who are not compliant with their medications and a low salt diet. Therefore having a low salt ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Protein Spill: Diabetic nephropathy dmages the kidneys and causes massive amounts of protein to spill in the urine. The more protein that spills, the worse the kidne... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Diet: Hbp rises due to eating a diet full of salt and water. People with hbp have difficulty excreting excess salt and water. If a person with hbp eats a ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Hopefully: When starting dialysis, there are many things that will make you feel tired. The first thing is adjusting to having fluid removed from your body. Ano... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Recurrent UTI: Reflux nephropathy is when urine doesn't stay in the bladder area due to weak valve. The urine can then flow back into the kidneys. This situation ca... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Diabetes Control: Aggresively control your diabetes is the best way to protect your kidneys. The kidneys are innocent bystanders and are affected by other disease proce... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Depends: Lupus nephritis can lead to chronic kidney disease (an elevated creatinine on your bloodtest). If you have ckd, then beets are bad for you. Beets hav... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
No: Renal transplantation is the best treatment option whenever your kidneys fail. However if you do not qualify for a kidney or are waiting for a suitab... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Absolutely Not: Once you start peritoneal dialysis (pd), you will now have a team of doctors. The nephrologist will handle your medical care associated with pd. How... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Ab Pain: There are a few complications assoicated with peritoneal dialysis. They range form mild symptoms such as constipation or a bloated feeling. However ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Ultrasound: You can take an imaging study called a renal ultrasound. The ultrasound can determine the number of cysts on your kidneys and can lead to a diagnose ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Control Diseases: Kidney disease is caused primarily from diabetes and high blood pressure. If you control these disease, it is unlikely you will develop renal proble... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Anybody: People with hypertension and diabetes are at an increased risk for having kidney probems. Also individuals who spill excessive amounts of protein in ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
ACE or ARB: There are two types of medicines that are specifically made to treat hbp in a pateint with diabetic nephorpathy. They are called either an ace inhibi... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Many: Sle causes many different symptoms ranging from a butterfly rash on the face, thinning hair, diffuse joint pain, seizures, chest pain and renal failur... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Normal if controlled: Ckd stage 3 is usually caused by underlying medical disease such as diabetes, HTN and/or renal tones. If your medical diseases are well controlled, th... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Happens a lot: Hyponatremia occurs when the serum sodium is below 135 meq. Therefore many patients who consume too much water or lose a lot of water through running... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Griffiths is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Griffiths is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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I'm 24 years old and CKD stage 4, there's been an impending doom over my shoulders but your comment really gave me hope for a near normal life in the future. Thank you
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thanks am seeing Dr today but don't have much faith. He took me off atenolol cold turkey. Now bp is 145/98.
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – New Jersey Medical School, NJ
MD

Awards

Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology
Member of American Society of Nephrology Practicing Nephrology Group
Selected as one of "America’s Top Physicians" by Consumer Research Council of America 2009, 2010, 2011
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