Dr. Robert J. Wyatt, Professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine has been Chief of the Division of Pediatric Nephrology since 1999. He is also the Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Program Director, Medical Director of the Kidney Transplant program at the Le Bonheur Childrenís Hospital and Medical Director for Pediatric Nephrology at the St. Jude Childrenís Research Hospital. Dr. Wyatt will be stepping down as Division Chief and a national search for his successor is in progress.
Dr. Bettina Ault, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, is the Associate Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Program Director. Dr. Noel Delos Santos, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, is director of the Pediatric Hypertension Program. Dr. Colleen Hastings, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, is the Director of Dialysis Services at the Le Bonheur Childrenís Hospital. Dr. Russell W. Chesney, former Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and past Editor of Pediatric Nephrology actively participates in the divisionís clinical and research conferences.
The mission of the Division of Pediatric Nephrology is to maintain excellence in the areas of patient care, education and research related to childhood kidney diseases. The division is a regional resource for evaluation of children with kidney disease and hypertension and has active pediatric dialysis and kidney transplantation programs. Members of the division are involved in the education of medical students, pediatric residents and medicine-pediatric residents. The division maintains an accredited pediatric nephrology fellowship-training program. Members of the division regularly participate in public and professional education through involvement with the National Kidney Foundation of West Tennessee. The division has active clinical and laboratory research programs. The divisionís philosophy is that in order for progress to be made in the clinical and pathogenetic understanding of childhood kidney disease, clinical trials for glomerular disorders, hypertension, dialysis and transplantation should be available for our patients.