The Nephrology Department at the University Hospital of Bellvitge is a centre of reference for the nephrologic care of part of the Healthcare Region of Barcelona (Alt Penedès, Garraf, Anoia, Baix Llobregat and l’Hospitalet de Llobregat).

This task is conducted in cooperation with the nephrology care units of Igualada and the Moisès Broggi Hospitral, the Healthcare Consortium of El Garraf, and the haemodialysis centres of l’Hospitalet (Fresenius Medical Care and Diaverum Servicios Renales) and Martorell (BBraun).

The Service is also a reference for kidney transplants in the healthcare regions of Les Terres de l’Ebre and Camp de Tarragona, which operate under the Joan XXIII Hospital of Tarragona with regards to nephrologic care.

Relevant aspects

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  • CSUR centre for cross-kidney transplantation.
  • Kidney transplantation from deceased donor and living donor.
  • ABO-incompatible transplantation.
  • Desensitisation techniques.
  • Kidney transplantation from the asystolic donor and from patients with HLA sensitisation.
  • Diagnosis and treatment of primary and systemic autoimmune nephropathies through plasmapheresis.
  • Diabetic nephropathy consultation.
  • Chronic kidney disease consultation. Hereditary nephropathies.
  • Nursing guidance consultation on renal replacement therapy techniques (transplantation, peritoneal dialysis, haemodialysis).
  • Vascular access for haemodialysis unit (FAVBELL).
  • Chronic haemodialysis unit. Online haemodiafiltration.
  • Peritoneal dialysis programme. Heart failure treatment with peritoneal ultrafiltration.
  • Acute kidney failure treatment with continuous techniques in the critically ill.
  • Arterial hypertension consultation: refractory, secondary. MAP and vascular elasticity.


Lines of research

  • Biomarkers and personalised medicine in renal transplantation
  • Autoimmunity and kidney disease
  • Renal damage and regeneration mechanisms
  • Pharmacogenomics and pharmacogenetics for the optimisation of immunosuppressant treatment
  • Atheromatosis and chronic kidney disease
  • Haemodialysis and artificial intelligence
  • Clinical trials in kidney transplantation, diabetic nephropathy and chronic kidney disease

Research groups

  • Nephrology and Kidney Transplantation

Main Publications

  • Colom, H.; Andreu, F.; Van Gelder, F.; Hesselink, D.A.; De Winter, B.C.M.; Bestard, O.; Torras, J.; Cruzado, J.M.; Grinyó, J.M.; Lloberas, N. Prediction of free from total mycophenolic acid concentrations in stable renal transplant patients: a population-based approach. Clinical Pharmacokinetics 2018; 57 (7): 877-893 
  • Jung, M.; Brüne, B.; von Knethen, A.; Guiteras, R.; Cruzado, J.M.; Hotter, G.; Sola, A. Lipocalin-2 abrogates epithelial cell cycle arrest by PPARy inhibition. Laboratory Investigation 2018; 98(11): 1408-1422
  • Lefaucheur, C.; Viglietti, D.; Hidalgo, L.G.; Ratner, L.E.; Bagnasco, S.M.; Batal, I.; Aubert, O.; Orandi, B.J.; Oppenheimer, F.; Bestard, O.; Rigotti, P.; Reisaeter, A.V.; Kamar, N.; Lebranchu, Y.; Duong van Huyen, J.P.; Bruneval, P.; Glotz, D.; Legendre, C.; Empana, J.P.; Jouven, X.; Segev, D.L.; Montgomery, R.A.; Zeevi, A.; Halloran, P.F.; Loupy, A. Complement-activanting anti-HLA antibodies in kidney transplantation: allograft gene expression profiling and response to treatment. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology 2018; 29 (2): 620-635 
  • Manonelles, A.; Guiteras, R.; Melilli, E.; Lazzeri, E.; Gomà, M.; Crespo, E.; Bestard, O.; Sola, A.; Romagnani, P.; Cruzado, J.M. The presence of urinary renal progenitor cells in stable kidney transplant recipients anticipates allograft deterioration. Frontiers in Physiology 2018; 9: 1412
  • Martínez-Valenzuela, L; Draibe, J.; Quero Ramos, M.; Fulladosa Oliveras, X.; Melilli, E.; Cruzado Garrit, J.M.; Torras Ambrós, J. Calprotectin as a smoldering activity detection tool and renal prognosis biomarker in ANCA associated vasculitis. Plos One 2018; 13 (10): e0205982


Degree education

Degree education

Professor Josep Mª Grinyó Boira

University Professor

Medicine Degree

Urinary System and Male Genital Tract Diseases

Bellvitge Campus.

Professor Josep Maria Cruzado Garrit

Associate Professor

Medicine Degree Urinary System and Male Genital Tract Diseases

Bellvitge Campus.

Professor Joan Torras Ambros

Associate Professor

Medicine Degree Urinary System and Male Genital Tract Diseases

Bellvitge Campus.

Professor Oriol Bestard Matamoros

Associate Professor Medicine

Degree Urinary System and Male Genital Tract Diseases

Bellvitge Campus.

Professor Maria Quero Ramos

Associate Professor

Medicine Degree Biophysics Bellvitge Campus.


Main Building at Bellvitge University Hospital

c/ Feixa Llarga, sn.

08907 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat. Barcelona

Hospitalization: Floor 7 | Dialysis and Transplant Unit: Floor 3

Telephone number 93 260 76 14 | 93 260 76 02