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 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Access to blood: At dialysis needles are inserted into a fistual so bad blood (blood with abnormal electrolytes and toxins) are taken from your body and brought to the... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
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Labwork and Symptoms: Kidney failure is determined by blood test and clinical symptoms. When your blood test indicate that your kidneys are working less than 15%, then it ... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Small Concern: Swine flu cause many symptoms such as fever, cough, headache and flu like symptoms. It can lead to diarrhea and dehydration. Excessive diarrhea and d... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
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At night: There is recent medical evidence out that taking your BP meds at night leads to better control of your blood pressure that ultimately decreases your ... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Depends: If your father had only one kidney removed, then he likely doesn't need dialysis. He would have one remaining kidney and that kidney would be suffici... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Possibly: 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
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
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Can make it worse: The ace inhibitors can make the renal artery stenosis worse leading to uncontrollable hypertension and possibly renal failure.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
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Too much salt: Hypernatremia means you have too much sodium or salt build up in your body.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Thirst and Others: Early symptoms of hypernatremia include thirst, dehydration, lethargy, irritability, disorientation, confusion, and weakness. However, severe symptoms... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Non-compliance: Uncontrolled hypertension usually occurs to indiviudals who are not compliant with their medications and a low salt diet. However there a few causes t... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
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Rare Disease: A rare kidney disease found only in adults. It is believed to derived from chronic exposure to a chinese herb named aristolochic acid. Symtpoms are a ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Danger: Potassium is a chemical element that is needed for many metabolic processes like cellular function in the human body. People with CKD are at risk for... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
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Heart disease: Any individuals with hypertension and kidney failure are at increased risk for heart disease. These two medical conditions must be controlled with reg... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
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Yes: Although rare, multiple myeloma (mm) can cause nephrotic syndrome. Mm is more likely to cause renal impariment, mild protein spill from your kidneys,... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
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Fluid Restriction: Hyponatremia means your body has much more water than sodium. Therefore you are advised to limit your water intake, so the excess water can be urinat... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Water: Hypernatremia means you have too much sodium in your body. It can lead to many serious complications such as mental status changes and death. The be... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Meds and Dehydration: Acute kidney failure occurs predominantly from newly prescribed medications like a diuretic (hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) or lasix) or from certain anti... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
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Yes: Unfortunately, people without any noticeable risk factors like being male or smoking can develop kidney cancer. These individuals without apparent ris... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
No: Once a patient develops end stage renal disease, it doesn't matter if you are diabetic or not, you will not be able to stop dialysis and survive. Once... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Absolutey Not: Hypotension indicates that your body has low blood pressure from a variety of different reasons such as low blood volume, infectious or cardiac issue... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Excess Hormones: In certain rare situations, a gland on the kidney can secrete a hormone that persistently elevates blood pressure. Additionally, the renal arteries c... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Renal Ultrasound: Polycystic kidney disease is usually diagnosed by taking a renal ultrasound of your kidneys to determine the number of cysts that are on each kidney. ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Itching: High phosphorus levels in a dialysis patient can lead to many issues. Usually most patients itch uncontrollably. However over time elevated phospho... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Yes: Although your body is immunocompromised due to the anti-rejection medications, it is still safe to keep cats in the home. I would suggest keeping the ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Depends: If you have mild kidney disease, then you probably need to see the nephrologist 2 to 3 times a year. However if you have more advanced renal impairme... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Water: The best way to prevent damage from kidney stones is preventign them therefore drinking atleast 2 to 3 liters of water will help. If you already hav... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Depends: The more renal function you have left determines how much pd therapy you need. When a patient starts pd, if they still make lots of urine and the cle... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Yes: Absolutely, the person receiving a kidney transplant must stay overnight to see how they respond after surgery and to see how they respond to the immu... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
No: Fortunately, the body makes 2 kidneys. So even if one fails, the other kidney can compensate for the lost of the other kidney. Therefore you don't nee... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Yes: Absolutely, many people live normal life spans with one kidney without any medical issues. If a patient receive kidney transplant, they essentially ar... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Yes: Oxygen therapy will not change the end of life situation or chronic kidney disease. However the oxygen will provide comfort to a person at that stage... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Drink atleast 2-3 liters of water a day. Kidney stones form when certain minerals and chemicals bind in your urinary tractand form small stones taht a... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
No: Chronic kidney disease occurs predominantly from diabetes or hypertension over a period of months to years. Unfortunately, this damage is irreversibl... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
No: If you control the factors that caused your chronic disease, then no you will not need dialysis or a transplant. Chronic kidney disase is caused prima... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Alleve: Not clear what the issue is although it appears to be a musculoskeletal injury or possible lipoma (fat tissue development). Suggest trying alleve, adv... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Depends: This disease is one that depends on two factors: the level of GFR (level at which your kidney is working) and the amount of protein you spill in your ... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Elevate her legs: You can eleavate her legs when she sits. Also she can get tent stockings from a medical supply store. These stockings are very tight and will help de... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
OK if normal kidneys: Lisinopril is anti-htn medicine called an ace inhibitor. This class of drugs protect the kidney but can cause renal failure and increased potassium. M... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Probably Safe: Adalat (nifedipine) has recently been shown not to cause any developmental issues. However there are more proven agents that provide no fetal harm su... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Cough: Prinivil (lisinopril) is part of a drug class called an ace inhibitor. The more common side effects associated with this medicine is cough and a mild... Read More
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Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
No: Although is a good BP agent for a patient with hypertension and/or heart disease, it would not be the best choice for someone who has kidney disease. ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Definitely: Diabetes is the number cause of renal fialure by far. So controlling your diabetes would mean avoiding renal failure. Individuals with chronic renal ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Elevation: Make sure when you sit that ou elevated your legs causing excess fluid from settling on your ankles. Also you can obtain tight stockings at a medical... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Water: The treatment is the same if you are in a rural town, city or out of the country. You must drink 2 to 3 liters of water daily in order to prevent kid... Read More
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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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