nicholas e. bednarski, m.d.
Dr. Nicholas E. Bednarski, a California native, completed his B.S. degree at Tulane University, and M.D. degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. After training in Internal Medicine at L.A. County - U.S.C. Medical Center, Los Angeles, he was accepted at UCLA’s fellowship in Nephrology, receiving research grants from both the National Kidney Foundation and the Kidney Foundation of Southern California. As chief medical resident at Wadsworth Veteran’s Medical Center, he taught critical care medicine.
Entering the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Bednarski taught Family Practice residents and was the director of Dialysis Services at Military Airlift Command Headquarters, Scott AFB Medical Center in Illinois. He began private practice in Las Vegas, Nevada, and taught Internal Medicine, Nephrology, Critical Care Medicine and Nutrition, rising to the position of Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Nevada Medical School.
In 1988, the group recruited Dr. Bednarski to practice in Ventura County. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, and Nephrology, with prior certifications in Critical Care Medicine and Quality Assurance/ Utilization Review. A sailor, skier, motorcyclist, and tennis player, Dr. Bednarski’s priority remains his family.
WHAT WE DO
As board certified nephrologists, our patient population is comprised solely of those needing kidney care. A nephrologist is a specialist in internal medicine who has additional training in medical (non-surgical) kidney disease. Diseases of the kidney usually involve the health of many other body systems. The diagnosis and treatment of kidney diseases include the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure), decreased kidney function, kidney failure, dialysis (artificial kidney treatment), and the care of kidney transplant patients.
Dialysis is a treatment that does some of the things normal kidneys would do, such as remove waste and water from the body. It is provided when the kidneys can no longer take care of the body’s needs. Not all patients need dialysis. Your physician will provide the best care possible to help prevent or delay the need for dialysis. There are two types of dialysis in common use: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Depending on a person’s needs, dialysis can be done in a clinic, or in the home. The most widely used therapy, hemodialysis, is the process of passing blood through an artificial kidney machine and returning the cleansed blood to the patient’s body. In peritoneal dialysis, waste products in the body are removed with the help of a natural membrane in the abdominal cavity. Your doctor will help you choose the method that is best for you.