• Durango Nephrology Associates

  • Durango Nephrology Associates, a medical practice owned and operated by Mercy Regional Medical Center, provides care to patients in the Four Corners region who have kidney diseases or disorders. We evaluate patients and help them access appropriate services and medical care. Our goal is to prevent illness and to help our patients reach the optimum level of health.

    Our Services

    Durango Nephrology Associates provides care to patients who have acute or chronic kidney disease or disorders, including:

    • Acute or chronic kidney disease
    • Electrolyte disorders
    • Glomerulonephritis
    • Hypertension
    • Medical management and prevention of kidney stones
    • Medical management of kidney transplant

    Our physicians care for patients at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango. Additionally, they care for patients at DaVita outpatient dialysis centers in Durango and Cortez, an outreach nephrology clinic in Cortez, and Indian Health Service clinics in Ignacio and Towaoc.

    Skilled Providers and Staff

    Durango Nephrology Associates is staffed by three physicians, who are board certified in nephrology, in addition to a clinical nurse specialist and registered nurses:

    • Elizabeth J. Helms, MD
    • Mark Saddler, MD
    • Darren Schmidt, MD
    • Sheena Carswell, CNS

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    Procedures and Treatments

    • Hemodialysis
    • Peritoneal dialysis
    • Photopheresis: therapy primarily used to treat chronic Graft-versus-host disease (GvHD), stem cell and bone marrow transplants, and specific types of lymphona
    • Plasmapheresis (plasma exchange): therapy used to remove proteins causing disease from the blood and other specific conditions
    • Kidney biopsy


    Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    After hours on-call availability

    Contact Information

    Tel: (970) 764-3825
    Fax: (970) 764-3839

    Durango Nephrology Associates is located in the Mercy Medical Plaza, suite 255, on the Mercy Regional Medical Center campus at 1010 Three Springs Blvd. in Durango. Providers also see patients on a limited basis in Cortez, Colorado. For more information, call (970) 764-3825.

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    Operated by Centura Health Physician Group

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