The first kidney dialysis in the United States


Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


Alfred P. Fishman, MD, Irving G. Kroop, MD, and H. Evans Leiter, MD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


When kidneys fail, dialysis keeps the body in balance by removing waste, salt and extra water to prevent them from building up in the body. The process maintains a safe level of certain chemicals in the blood, such as potassium, sodium and bicarbonate, helping to control blood pressure. More than 661,000 Americans have kidney failure. Of these, 468,000 individuals are on dialysis.