Rounding Out Care Research

Nationally recognized polycystic kidney disease (PKD) program now at the University of Maryland

The University of Maryland is now home to the PKD Research and Clinical Core Center, an NIH-funded Center under the leadership of Terry Watnick, M.D., an associate professor of medicine at the University of Maryland. 

The cystic kidney diseases, including autosomal dominant PKD, autosomal recessive PKD and the nephronophthisis, are a diverse group of inherited disorders that are a common cause of renal failure. Dr. Watnick is one of a handful of clinicians who combines an understanding of DNA diagnostics with extensive clinical experience in managing patients with polycystic kidney disease. This expertise has proved especially important in the field of transplantation since prospective renal donors from ADPKD families can have false negative imaging studies when they are younger than 30 years of age. This situation typically requires consideration of DNA testing as well as counseling of the prospective donor and his or her family. Dr. Watnick provides frequent consultation to the transplant team here as well as others across the country.

The clinical component of the PKD Research and Clinical Core Center is recognized nationally and patients are routinely referred from around the country and the world. The goal of the center is to advance translational PKD science nationally and internationally.

Dr. Watnick can be reached at 410-328-3727 and more information is available through

There's an App for that!

Twenty-four/seven access to the University of Maryland liver transplant team is now available through the new UMMC Liver App for the iPhone. You can also find:

  • Stat consults for liver failure
  • Urgent patient placement and transfer with increased ICU capacity
  • Access to hepatobiliary experts in full spectrum of complex liver care
  • Evaluation for liver transplantation
  • Criteria for adult living donor liver candidacy
  • MELD calculator and King’s College criteria for fulminant liver failure

The University of Maryland Division of Transplantation team performs more than 80 liver transplants a year. It also has the state’s only adult living donor liver transplant program.

Making the grade again!

The University of Maryland Medical Center ranks among the nation’s top hospitals for the seventh year in a row, according to the annual Leapfrog Group survey, an analysis of patient safety and quality performance measures from nearly 1,200 hospitals. UMMC is one of only two hospitals in the country — and the only hospital on the East Coast — to make the list every year since its inception in 2006. The 2012 Leapfrog Hospital Survey results are available at