From left: Dr. Ranka Samsa, Dr. Penny DeFranco, Olga Kosoy, PA-C
PENNY DEFRANCO, MD
Dr. Penny DeFranco founded South Mountain Nephrology in 2001 with a goal of providing the best possible medical care encompassing a
wide range of services to patients, while preserving the personal, individualized approach often found only in smaller practices. Dr. DeFranco,
along with partner Dr. Ranka Samsa, physician assistant Olga Kosoy and an outstanding support staff, is proud to provide comprehensive care
to adults of all ages.
Fellowship trained in nephrology, Dr. DeFranco’s expertise encompasses hypertension and disorders of the kidney, including hypertensive
kidney disease, edema (swelling), diabetic kidney disease, chronic kidney disease, dialysis and end-stage renal disease, kidney transplant man-
agement, electrolyte imbalance and kidney stones. She is recognized for her medical skills as well as for taking a team approach to patient care.
Her group’s mission is to make every visit comfortable, positive and informative. South Mountain Nephrology is affiliated with several hospi-
tals and specialty care facilities and also services multiple dialysis units in Essex County.
Without exception, the practice focuses on individual needs and emphasizes practical, real-life treatment programs based on its patients’
unique circumstances. “Our patients are very proactive in their own treatments, and we work with them on treatments that fit their lifestyles,”
says Dr. DeFranco. “What’s most rewarding to us is helping people feel better and improving their quality of life.”
HOSPITAL AFFILIATIONS: Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville; Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston; HackensackUMC
Mountainside, Montclair. MEDICAL TRAINING: Saint Luke’s Hospital–University of Missouri (residency in internal medicine); St. Louis
University Health Services Center (fellowship in nephrology).
SOUTH MOUNTAIN NEPHROLOGY, LLC
5 Franklin Avenue, Suite 401, Belleville, NJ 07109 • 973-450-8999