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Nephrologist Vs. Urologist

By Michelle Miley ; Updated July 27, 2017

If you are not sure what the difference is between a nephrologist and urologist, you are not alone Many people are unsure of the difference between the two. This makes it difficult to know which of these medical professionals to call when you have a problem. In reality, these doctors' paths cross quite often and, depending on the problem, it is possible that you will need a nephrologist, a urologist or both.

The Difference

Nephrologists focus on how the kidneys work. Urologists are more concerned with anatomical kidney problems and deal with the rest of the urinary tract as well.


Unlike urologists, nephrologists do not perform surgery.

Working Together

It is not at all unusual for a nephrologist and a urologist to work together with a patient.


Nephrologists often work with patients who have diseases like diabetes that may affect kidney function.


Urologists treat kidney stones, urinary and kidney blockages and cancers.

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