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Carbon Medical Associates Joins St. Luke’s
September 03, 2019

Carbon Medical Associates has joined St. Luke’s University Health Network. The new name of the practice as of September 1 is St. Luke’s Nephrology Associates of Carbon County.

St. Luke’s Nephrology Associates of Carbon County provides high quality nephrology care and is fully committed to you. Cheryl Lipson, MD, and Nicholas Varvarelis, DO, work with a broad array of specialists in the fields of cardiology, endocrinology, rheumatology, transplant surgery and urology to provide the best outcomes. Treatments and procedures provided include:

  • hemodialysis
  • peritoneal dialysis
  • kidney biopsy
  • the medical management of chronic kidney disease and associated complications, including hypertension, mineral bone disorders and kidney stones

St. Luke’s Nephrology Associates of Carbon County cares for patients in the following locations:


218 Delaware Avenue                                     

Palmerton, PA                                                            



1122 North Street   

Jim Thorpe, PA 



120 Pine Street

Tamaqua, PA



With the strength of St. Luke’s University Health Network behind it, St. Luke’s Nephrology Associates of Carbon County is proud to say that better nephrology care is here. New patients are welcome! For more information, call St. Luke’s InfoLink at 1-866-STLUKES (785-8537), Option 4.


About St. Luke’s

Founded in 1872, St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a fully integrated, regional, non-profit network of more than 15,000 employees providing services at 10 hospitals and 300 outpatient sites.  With annual net revenue greater than $2 billion, the Network’s service area includes 11 counties: Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Montgomery, Monroe, Schuylkill and Luzerne counties in Pennsylvania and Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey.  Dedicated to advancing medical education, St. Luke’s is the preeminent teaching hospital in central-eastern Pennsylvania.  In partnership with Temple University, St. Luke’s created the Lehigh Valley’s first and only regional medical school campus.  It also operates the nation’s longest continuously operating School of Nursing, established in 1884, and 34 fully accredited graduate medical educational programs with 263 residents and fellows.  St. Luke’s is the only Lehigh Valley-based health care system with Medicare’s five- and four-star ratings (the highest) for quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction.  St. Luke’s is both a Leapfrog Group and Healthgrades Top Hospital and a Newsweek World’s Best Hospital.  In 2019, three of IBM Watson Health’s 100 Top Hospitals were St. Luke’s hospitals.  St. Luke’s University Hospital has earned the 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital designation from IBM Watson Health seven times total and five years in a row. St. Luke’s has also been cited by IBM Watson Health as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Program.  Utilizing the Epic electronic medical record (EMR) system for both inpatient and outpatient services, the Network is a multi-year recipient of the Most Wired award recognizing the breadth of the SLUHN’s information technology applications such as telehealth, online scheduling and online pricing information.  St. Luke’s is also recognized as one of the state’s lowest cost providers.