Hypertension and Kidney Specialist was started in 1980 as the solo practice of Internal Medicine and Nephrology by Dr. Laurence E. Carroll, M. D. The practice was incorporated in 1981, and subsequently changed its name to Nephrology Associates of Lancaster in 1982 when John Schubert, M.D., joined the practice.

Dr. Schubert, came to the Lancaster area in 1972 and had been the Medical Director and Initiator of the Renal Dialysis Unit at Lancaster General Hospital.

The practice initially saw patients at 719 North Duke Street and subsequently moved to 439 North Duke Street where it remained until moving to the Lancaster General Health Campus in the fall of 1998.

In 1989, the practice added Marc H. Weiner, M. D., who succeeded Dr. Schubert as the Medical Director of the Lancaster General Hospital Renal Dialysis units in the fall of 1994. Dr. Schubert retired completely from full-time practice in October of 1995 and subsequently retired in the summer of 1996.

The practice grew with the addition of Charles H. Rodenberger, M. D., in April 1996, and combined with the practice of Jeffrey N. Levine, D. O., in July 1996, who had practiced at Community Hospital since the 1980’s and was the long time Director of the Community Hospital Renal Dialysis Unit.

Susan K. Ciampaglia, D.O., joined the practice in August 1997. James A. Groff, D.O., joined the practice In September 2001. Jeffrey L. Martin, M.D., followed in June 2003. Doreen Bett, D.O. joined the practice in August 2009, followed by Rajiv Sharma, M.D. in 2011. David Somerman joined the practice in the summer of 2013.

In 2001, Hypertension and Kidney Specialists welcomed its first certified registered nurse practitioner when Jennifer Groff joined the practice. Then, in 2005, Joanne Van Dask was added to the staff and stayed with the practice until retirement.  Over the next couple of years, the practice continued to grow in the area of advanced practice practitioners.  Today several of the groups’ APPs have made the commitment towards advanced education and certification of CNN-NP.

Together our physicians and nurse practitioners have grown to a group of providers who are recognized for excellence, sought for teaching appointments, research collaborations, directorships, and comprehensive medical evaluation. Our Providers practice in an environment of teamwork and integrity. They remain committed to a coordinated, partnership approach to patient care.