Nephrology and Hypertension

Charles W. Heilig, M.D.
Charles W. Heilig, M.D. Chief

Welcome to the division of nephrology and hypertension in the department of medicine located at the metropolitan campus of the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville.

Patient Care

Our division provides professional services to Northeast Florida at UF Health Jacksonville, a 695-bed tertiary care teaching hospital. Our professional activities include:

  • The provision of hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis
  • An outpatient clinic for the diagnosis and therapy of all forms of kidney disease and hypertension
  • Medical education for residents, fellows, UF medical students and practicing physicians
  • Clinical and basic research programs in the field of nephrology and hypertension


The the division of nephrology and hypertension at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville offers an ACGME-accredited nephrology fellowship program.

The division is also involved in the department of medicine's internal medicine residency program and undergraduate medical education elective/clerkship courses for third- and fourth-year medical students.


Our division is active in both basic and clinical research. The basic science laboratory is involved in the study of diabetic and hypertensive renal disease, as well as developmental biology of the embryo and kidney. In addition, the division faculty are engaged in focused study of:

  • Glucose transporter roles in various disease states, particularly diabetic nephropathy, nondiabetic glomerulosclerosis, the GLUT1 Deficiency Syndrome, embryonic development with and without maternal diabetes, and hypoxic stress. The facilitative glucose transporters, or GLUTs, play key roles in embryonic and renal development under normal and pathologic conditions. They are also involved in the development of diabetic and nondiabetic glomerulosclerosis which has important implications for chronic renal disease.
  • Potential roles of recently discovered sodium-hydrogen antiporters in hypertension, and in renal disease with and without diabetes.
  • Role of CTGF in diabetic nephropathy.

The clinical research studies address novel questions relevant to modeling of the course of anemia in end stage renal disease patients and studies assessing the efficiencies of different dialysis prescriptions.

Contact Us

For information on the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville division of nephrology and hypertension, please contact:


Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville
655 West 8th Street, C290
4th Floor, Ambulatory Care Center
Jacksonville, FL 32209