Taweh Beysolow, M.D. Nephrologist
Key West nephrologist, Taweh Beysolow, M.D., brings his knowledge and medical expertise to Lower Keys Medical Center. For the past ten years, he has worked as both nephrologist (kidney doctor) and internist (adult primary care) at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York.
From a young age, Dr. Beysolow knew with certainty that he wanted to study medicine. When he was 12 years old, his mother was in a car accident in Monrovia Liberia, West Africa. With no ready access to health care, she died before she could receive medical assistance. He says, “From that point on, I knew I wanted to become a doctor so I could make a difference in someone else’s life.” He continues emphatically, “There was no other option but medicine for me.”
After graduating from Dartmouth Medical School, Dr. Beysolow completed an internal medicine internship at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester, M.A. Following the internship, he completed his residency in internal medicine at both the University of Massachusetts and Harlem Hospital Center in New York, NY. Dr. Beysolow then remained at Harlem Hospital for the next three years to pursue a fellowship in nephrology.
Many diseases which affect the kidneys also involve other organs of the body. Indeed, this inter-relatedness is what attracted Dr. Beysolow to nephrology. He explains, “Everything impacts the kidney. You have to understand how everything inside the body is related.” Dr. Beysolow commonly sees patients with hypertension and diabetes, the two main contributors to nephropathy. If left uncontrolled, high blood pressure and high glucose levels will damage the kidney. Dr. Beysolow’s main goals are to prevent new kidney disease and to slow the progression of existing disease. He emphasizes the importance of patient education and effective management of the condition.
Other conditions he treats include hematuria (blood in the urine), proteinuria (protein in the urine), as well as systemic lupus erythematosus, chronic anemia, nephritis, fluid or electrolyte disturbances, acute kidney injury, and hereditary kidney diseases. Additionally, he manages patients with chronic kidney disease who require renal replacement therapy, including dialysis and renal transplantation. However, he is not limited to only kidney abnormalities. As an internist, he also sees patients with general medical concerns.
Dr. Beysolow’s strong emphasis on patient education is a complement to his academic career. For the past 10 years, Dr. Beysolow taught and mentored medical students, interns, and residents as an Assistant Clinical Professor at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He says, “Teaching is so amazing. It’s so satisfying to see how a resident progresses from the first year of training to three years later. It’s like watching a child grow and mature.” He also enjoys the feeling of fulfillment that comes from knowing that he made a contribution to their development and education. He continues, “Working with residents also forced me to stay up-to-date with the latest skills, research, and knowledge.”
“Patients should be treated as people, not as a disease,” Dr. Beysolow says. As a doctor, he strives to combine the art and science of medicine. He continues, “To me, the art means compassion, warmth and sympathy. All the people who care about the patient are affected by the welfare of the patient.”
Currently he is currently a member of the American Society of Nephrology, the National Kidney Foundation, the International Society of Nephrology, the American College of Physicians, and the Florida Medical Association. Dr. Beysolow was twice the recipient of the “Outstanding Physician Award” by Kings County Hospital.
Dr. Beysolow commonly sees patients with hypertension and diabetes, the two main contributors to nephropathy. If left uncontrolled, high blood pressure and high glucose levels will damage the kidney. Dr. Beysolow’s main goals are to prevent new kidney disease and to slow the progression of existing disease. He emphasizes the importance of patient education and effective management of the condition.
The doctor will see patients with general medical concerns as well as kidney-related issues. His office is equipped with special wheelchair-accessible exam tables to accommodate all patients.