Meet Dr. Venkatesh Kumar AriyamuthuKidney Disease and Transplant Specialist in Dallas

As a transplant nephrologist, Venkatesh Kumar Ariyamuthu, M.D., cares for patients with advanced or end-stage kidney disease and works with a team of specialists to evaluate patients’ transplant potential.

He works mostly with kidney transplant patients to manage their health pre- and post-transplant but also helps with heart, lung, and liver transplant patients who have kidney problems.

With everyone he sees, Dr. Ariyamuthu says his goal is to improve patients’ quality of life – which ideally includes living without dialysis, the treatment that takes over kidney function when the kidneys stop working.

“Every time I see follow-up patients in the clinic and they’re more productive in their lives and enjoying their life free from dialysis machines, that helps keep me going,” Dr. Ariyamuthu says.

“To me, providing care is not just about the kidney transplant. I look at each individual as a whole person, not just a patient or a complaint.” 

Advanced Training to Address Complex Cases

Transplant nephrology has evolved as a subspecialty requiring advanced training because patients with kidney disease are usually quite sick, and taking care of them can be complex. Dr. Ariyamuthu received his advanced training at Northwestern University, which has one of the most active kidney transplant programs in the country.

Now he’s proud to be part of the faculty at UT Southwestern, whose program has completed more than 400 kidney transplants. Dr. Ariyamuthu and his UT Southwestern colleagues are among the few transplant nephrologists in the Dallas area.

When Dr. Ariyamuthu is not with patients, he researches new therapies to help prevent organ rejection after transplant.

Another area of particular interest for him is living donation, which typically refers to kidney transplant but can also include liver transplant.

“Living donation enables patients to get their transplants sooner and to spend as little time as possible on the waiting list,” Dr. Ariyamuthu says. “It also creates a lower risk of complications and rejection and better early function of the transplanted organ.”