Peters (Renal) Firm
The Peters Firm consists of a Nephrology attending and a general medicine attending, a nephrology fellow, PGY-II and III residents, interns and students as well as integrated mid-level providers who have added expertise in the care of patients with end-stage renal disease. In addition to the care of patients on the inpatient service, trainees have the opportunity to attend a variety outpatient nephrology clinics. This Firm is named after a giant in American Medicine, Dr. John Punnett Peters, who joined the Yale faculty in the 1920s, developed laboratory medicine and contributed greatly to metabolic diseases, from which in time emerged the subspecialties of nephrology and endocrinology. Dr. Peters was also a man with a deep sense of social commitment who ruffled many feathers in the political system of his time in the U.S. by being a champion for the poor and complaining bitterly about the quality of the health care they received, initially during the Great Depression, but also thereafter. His liberal views on this and similar issues such as universal healthcare while politically unpopular at the time, spoke to his commitment to the social contract of medicine, a core value of medicine at Yale.