‌In the U.S. News and World Report's Best Hospitals 2014-15 list, the nephrology program at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital (SNGH) was recognized as "high performing," meaning the quality of care ranked in the top 25 percent nationwide. EVMS faculty help staff SNGH — the top-rated hospital in Virginia — and its nephrology program.


Welcome Our New Providers

Dr. Hakan R. Toka joined the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at Eastern Virginia Medical School in October 2014. We are very pleased to have Dr. Toka’s knowledge, experience and expertise in patient care, academic medicine, and research.

Learn more about Dr. Toka:

‌Hakan R. Toka graduated with a MD degree in 1997 from the Charite Medical School, Humboldt University, Germany. He received his PhD degree from Charite in 2000. His thesis work characterized a rare, inherited form of high blood pressure associated with skeletal abnormalities. Dr. Toka recruited and studied families with this and other rare genetic condition around the world, including Turkey, Germany, the US, and South Africa. After residency training in internal medicine at the Charite, Dr.Toka joined the laboratory of Dr. Richard Lifton at Yale School of Medicine, Department of Genetics, Howard Hughes Medical Institute. At Yale, Dr. Toka studied the molecular mechanisms of rare blood pressure variation associated with electrolyte and acid-base abnormalities. After this postdoc training, he completed internal medicine training at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 2007. He was the recipient of the Primary Care Award for excellence in patient care. Dr. Toka then pursued nephrology specialty training at the joint program of the Massachusetts General Hospital & Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Harvard Medical School. After his clinical fellowship year, Dr. Toka joined the laboratory of Dr. Martin Pollak at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, where his research focuses on the genetics of urinary calcium excretion, kidney stone disease and congenital kidney anomalies. He joined the clinical faculty of the BWH in 2010. As associate director for peritoneal dialysis therapy, his clinical responsibilities included the care for patients with end-stage kidney disease.

About EVMS Division of Nephrology and Hypertension

The Division of Nephr‌ology and Hypertension within EVMS Internal Medicine provides clinical care, conducts basic and clinical research into kidney disease, and has an accredited fellowship program to train the next generation of nephrologists.

EVMS works in partnership with local hospitals, community physicians, and clinics throughout the area. These educational partnerships spread the benefits of an academic medical institution throughout the region, improving the quality of health care for the entire community. The clinical division serves patients with kidney disease and hypertension in outpatient and inpatient settings, evaluating and treating patients with all types of kidney-related conditions, including, but not limited to, those with acute and chronic kidney disease as a result of glomerulonephritis, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and renal cystic disease. Clinical care also extends to those with kidney stones and electrolyte disorders (including hyponatremia, hyperkalemia, and hypokalemia) and complex hypertension.

The team of providers includes full time board certified physicians specializing in nephrology and hypertension to evaluate and manage hospitalized patients with pre-existing and newly diagnosed kidney disease and uncontrolled hypertension in the acute-care hospital setting.

The newly developed educational component is an intensive two-year fellowship program, preparing physicians for hospital and community-based management of nephrology and hypertension related diseases. See the Nephrology Fellowship Program for more detailed information.