The Fundació Puigvert created the country's first Nephrology Department in 1955
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Specialised units

We provide groundbreaking care of clinical excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of any kidney disorder, including orphan kidney diseases. As the driving force behind the living donor kidney transplant programme in Spain, we are currently a benchmark centre, accredited by the Catalan Transplant Organisation (OCATT) and the National Transplant Organisation (ONT), for both cadaver and living kidney transplantation. 400;">We continuously monitor more than 200 patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and we have an advanced dialysis unit and a specific unit for high blood pressure (HBP), diabetes and the prevention of kidney damage. We also care for more than 1,500 patients with orphan or complex kidney diseases that require highly specialised medical care. 

Department Director: Dr Lluís Guirado Perich

Unidades de Nephrology

Cutting-edge nephrology

Innovation is part of the DNA of our Nephrology Department: Apart from breaking ground in Spain, at the Fundació Puigvert we kick-started the promotion of the living donor kidney transplant programme and the achievement of a series of milestones.

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Genetics in accurate diagnoses

Inherited Kidney Diseases (HKD) are the main cause of chronic kidney disease in childhood and in 15–20% of adult patients. However, about half of the people suffering from these diseases are undiagnosed, whereas their symptoms are often poorly recognisable in the early stages. The Fundació Puigvert features extensive clinical experience in these diseases, as well as a Genetics and Molecular Biology Laboratory, to diagnose orphan kidney diseases with a genetic cause.

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Nationally and internationally accredited

Several national and international bodies endorse us:

  • Catalan Society of Nephrology
  • Spanish Society of Nephrology (SEN)
  • European Renal Association (ERA)
  • International Society of Neprology (ISN)
  • Rare Disease Day
  • Catalan Transplant Organisation (OCAT) & National Transplant Organisation (ONT)
  • CSUR (Benchmark Centres, Departments and Units of the National Health System) for glomerular diseases

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Glomerular diseases specialists

We are a Benchmark Unit of the National Health System (CSUR), in Catalonia (XUEC) and Europe (ERKnet) for complex glomerular diseases. We have recently held the 28th Nephrology Course, a triennial medical-scientific meeting that is organised by the Fundació's Nephrology Department and has become a national benchmark. This time, a group of internationally renowned trailblazers in glomerular diseases and onconephrology, both for their clinical contributions and their dissemination work, have come together.

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First kidney transplantation among people who are not related in Spain


World's first laparoscopic kidney transplantation  


First living donor kidney harvest with Da Vinci robot in Spain 


First Good Samaritan living donor kidney transplant chain in SpainSecond cross-over kidney transplantation in SpainFirst centre to use airplanes to transport living donor kidneys


Groundbreaking study to reduce the size of bleeding kidney tumours by more than 50% in tuberous sclerosis without surgery. (RedInRen) Dr Torra


First living donor kidney transplantation with incompatible kidney


First (full) kidney transplantation with robotic surgery in SpainPioneering the treatment of renal manifestations of tuberous sclerosis in Spain by improving the patients' quality of life using inhibitors of the mTOR molecule 


First cross-over kidney transplantation in southern Europe 


First-ever clinical definition of patients suffering from Alport syndrome in order to avoid wrong diagnoses in this orphan inherited kidney diseaseGroundbreaking study: Seven genes are mainly responsible for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in people under the age of 30

Doctor's visits / year
Kidney transplantations / year
Dialysis sessions / year
Active clinical trials

Nuestros campos de especialización

La Fundació Puigvert es uno de los centros hospitalarios del mundo occidental con el volumen más alto de actividad asistencial especializada y tiene una de las plataformas tecnológicas propias más amplias e innovadoras.


We provide care with an advanced, integrative and multidisciplinary approach in the study, diagnosis and treatment of male sexual and reproductive health, both for the patient and his partner. Founded in 1970, our trailblazing Andrology Department in Spain and the world offers a unique and genuine approach to this specialty.

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Reproductive medicine

We provide a multidisciplinary approach to using cutting-edge techniques of artificial insemination and in vitro fertilisation.

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We provide groundbreaking care of clinical excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of any kidney disorder, including orphan kidney diseases. Apart from being the first Nephrology Department in Spain, which was established in 1955, the Fundació Puigvert was a trailblazing hospital in promoting a living donor kidney transplant programme.

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Servicios Asistenciales Transversales

La Fundació Puigvert dispone de un Servicio de Laboratorio propio, así como servicios de Urgencias 24/7, Anestesiología, Radiodiagnóstico, Enfermería Especializada, Psicología Clínica, Documentación Médica y  Farmacia Hospitalaria, que tienen como misión el soporte a la asistencia integral, efectiva y humana en nuestras áreas de especialización, así como promocionar el desarrollo, el conocimiento científico y la docencia.

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We provide comprehensive urological care with a 360º approach. Founded as an institution that was almost exclusively devoted to urology, we boast more than half a century of experience and have a first-class medical team as well as cutting-edge technology for the diagnosis and treatment of all urogenital disorders.

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