About

At the Cardiovascular Center, our specialists are trained to help with a number of conditions. Our specialists can offer you expert evaluation of your condition as well as treatment options, which may include dialysis. Our team works with you to evaluate and carry out the best treatment possible.

Dialysis

What is dialysis?

Dialysis is a procedure that is done routinely on people who have acute or chronic kidney (renal) failure. The process involves removing waste substances and fluid from the blood that are normally eliminated by the kidneys. Dialysis may also be used for people who have been exposed to or ingested toxic substances to prevent kidney failure from occurring. There are 2 types of dialysis that may be done on your child: peritoneal or hemodialysis:

  • Peritoneal dialysis. Peritoneal dialysis is done by surgically placing a soft, hollow tube into your child's lower abdomen near the navel. After the tube is placed, a solution called dialysate is instilled into the peritoneal cavity. The peritoneal cavity is the space in the abdomen that houses the organs and is lined by two special membrane layers called the peritoneum. The dialysate is left in the abdomen for a designated time that will be determined by your child's doctor. The dialysate fluid absorbs the waste products and toxins through the peritoneum. The fluid is then drained from the abdomen, measured, and discarded. There are two different types of peritoneal dialysis: continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) and continuous cyclic peritoneal dialysis (CCPD):

    • CAPD does not require a machine. Exchanges, often referred to as passes, can be done 3 to 5 times a day, during waking hours.

    • CCPD requires the use of a special dialysis machine that can be used in the home. This type of dialysis is done automatically, even while your child is asleep.

  • Hemodialysis. Hemodialysis is done in a dialysis center or hospital by trained health care professionals. A special type of access, called an arteriovenous (AV) fistula, is placed surgically, usually, in your child's arm. This involves joining an artery and a vein together. An external, central, intravenous (IV) catheter may also be inserted, but is less common for long-term dialysis. After access has been established, your child will be connected to a large hemodialysis machine that drains your child's blood, bathes it in a special dialysate solution that removes waste substances and fluid, then returns it to your child's bloodstream. Hemodialysis is usually done several times a week and each session lasts for 4 to 5 hours. Because of the length of time hemodialysis takes, it may be helpful to bring games or reading materials for your child to keep him or her busy during this procedure.

Vascular Surgeons

Benjamin Brooke, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Brooke grew up in Salt Lake City and received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Utah before heading east to complete his internship and residency in General Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. During his Halsted residency, he received his Ph.D. in Clinical Investigation at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He... Read More

Specialties:

Vascular Surgery

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676

Claire L. Griffin, M.D.

Dr. Griffin grew up in England and moved to the United States in 1991.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Florida State University and took time off during and after college to do volunteer work, teaching in both Spain and Honduras.  She continued to pursue overseas outreach opportunities in medical school at the University of Flori... Read More

Specialties:

Vascular Surgery

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676

Larry W. Kraiss, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.6

4.6 out of 5

Larry W. Kraiss, M.D. is Professor and Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery at the University of Utah. He is a graduate of Vanguard University of Southern California (BA: Science-Chemistry) and Baylor College of Medicine (M.D.). He took his general and vascular surgical training at the University of Washington in Seattle where he also spent th... Read More

Specialties:

Vascular Surgery

Locations:

Uintah Basin Medical Center (801) 585-7676
University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676

Mark R. Sarfati, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.6

4.6 out of 5

Dr. Mark Sarfati is board certified in General Surgery and Vascular Surgery. He serves as Associate Professor of Surgery (clinical) and as Adjunct Assistant Professor Radiology at the University of Utah. He is actively involved in several clinical research studies. Dr. Sarfati began his pursuit of medicine by attending Jefferson Medical College i... Read More

Specialties:

Vascular Surgery

Locations:

Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County (801) 585-7676
University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676

Brigitte K. Smith, M.D.

Dr. Brigitte Smith is a native of Wisconsin.  She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse in Microbiology, Chemistry with a concentration in Biomedical Science. Her MD was awarded to her from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.  There she continued her residency in Vascular Surgery.  ... Read More

Specialties:

Vascular Surgery

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676

Specialties:

Vascular Surgery

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676

Monica Hatch, PA-C

Monica is a Physician Assistant specializing in Vascular Surgery. She joined the University of Utah, Division of Vascular Surgery in 2012. She enjoys the challenges of providing medical and surgical care of vascular patients.... Read More

Specialties:

Vascular Surgery

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676

Denise L. Jost, N.P.

Dee Jost, APRN, is a board certified family nurse practitioner. She has been a provider at the University of Utah Medical Center since 1994 and for Vascular Surgery since 1999. Prior to obtaining her advance practice degree, she worked within the UUMC Burn ICU and she maintains her interest in wound care as part of her current position. Other are... Read More

Specialties:

Family Nurse Practitioner, Vascular Surgery

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676

Joanna Lynch, PA-C

Joanna Lynch is a Physician Assistant with the Division of Vascular Surgery since joining the University of Utah in 2005. She provides care to hospitalized vascular surgery patients, assists in the operating room in open and endovascular surgeries and is a resource for dialysis centers. Since 2006 she has served as the Department of Surgery Physi... Read More

Specialties:

Physician Assistant, Vascular Surgery

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676

Heidi Orr, APRN, DNP

Heidi is a Nurse Practitioner specializing in Acute Care. She joined the University of Utah, Division of Vascular Surgery in 2014. Prior to being on staff here she worked at Intermountain Healthcare. She enjoys providing complete medical and surgical care of vascular patients.... Read More

Specialties:

Vascular Surgery

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676

Laura L. Prince, PA-C

Lael is a Physician Assistant specializing in Vascular Surgery. She joined the University of Utah, Division of Vascular Surgery in 2014. She enjoys the challenges of providing medical and surgical care of vascular patients.... Read More

Specialties:

Physician Assistant, Vascular Surgery

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676

Ariel D. Robinson, PA-C

Ariel is a Physician Assistant specializing in Vascular Surgery. She completed her Physician Assistant training in Dayton, Ohio.  She moved from her home state of Kentucky to join  the University of Utah, Division of Vascular Surgery in 2014. She enjoys the challenges of providing medical and surgical care of vascular patients.... Read More

Specialties:

Physician Assistant, Vascular Surgery

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676

Denise Schumacher, M.S.N., B.S.N., R.N., ACNP

Denny is a Nurse Practioner specializing in Vascular Surgery. She joined the University of Utah, Division of Vascular Surgery in 2014. She enjoys the challenges of providing medical and surgical care of vascular patients.... Read More

Specialties:

Vascular Surgery

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676

Erin N. Smith, PA-C

Erin is a Physician Assistant specializing in Vascular Surgery. She joined the University of Utah, Division of Vascular Surgery in 2014. She enjoys the challenges of providing medical and surgical care of vascular patients.... Read More

Specialties:

Physician Assistant, Vascular Surgery

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676

Specialties:

Physician Assistant, Vascular Surgery

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
(801) 585-7676

Locations

University Campus
University Hospital
50 N Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
Map
(801) 581-2121