Patient Care

Clinical Care

Pediatric Nephrology Group 2011
Pediatric Nephrology Division (2010-2011) from left: Matthew Eison, Sabahat Afshan (fellow), Oulimata Kane Grossman (fellow), Noel Delos Santos, Colleen Hastings, Bettina Ault, Robert Wyatt

The division of pediatric nephrology cares for patients admitted to the Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, a 255 bed full service regional children’s hospital that opened on December 4, 2010. Acute dialysis and chronic venous-venous hemofiltration are provided for inpatients at the LCH. The dialysis program of the LBCMC has an average census of 12 chronic hemodialysis and 6 home peritoneal dialysis patients. An average of 8 kidney transplants are performed per year by the 3 transplant surgeons of the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute/University of Tennessee Division of Transplant Surgery. In 2008 thirty native kidney biopsies and 19 renal allograft biopsies were performed. The division provides pediatric nephrology consultations and dialysis services for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and consultations for the Newborn Center at Regional One Health. The 2014-15 U.S. News Best Children's Hospitals: Nephrology ranked our program #44.

Pediatric Nephrology Clinic

There is an average of 2000 outpatient visits per year to the pediatric nephrology clinic and 500 visits per year to the pediatric kidney transplant clinic.

The pediatric nephrology clinic is held in 4th floor Pediatric Subspecialty Offices in the Physicians Office Building at the Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, 777 Washington Ave or the corner of Washington and Dunlap. The entrance to the parking garage is on Washington Ave between Dunlap and Manassas. Parking is free – you pull a ticket to get into the lot, but you will be given a token for parking at checkout after the visit.

Appointments – 901-287-5414 - Ms. Kim Harris, Medical Office Assistant

Kidney Transplant Clinic

Sixty patients are followed in this clinic. Pediatric transplant nurse coordinator Sandy Childress is supported by the LBCH and attends these clinics. She may be reached at 901-287-5434 or through the LBCMC operator at 287-0000.

The clinic is held every Monday 9 AM to 12 noon - Dr. Bettina Ault and Dr. Robert Wyatt.

Le Bonheur Children's Hospital Dialysis Program

Dr. Colleen Hastings is the medical director of the LBCMC dialysis program. The dialysis unit is located on the first floor of the Children's Foundation Research Center, 50 North Dunlap. The dialysis unit has seven stations for chronic hemodialyis and a room for peritoneal dialysis teaching.

Acute hemodialysis services are also provided for patients at the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Contact Information

Fellowship Training Program Director
John J. Bissler, MD
FedEx Chair of Excellence
Professor and Chief, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension Department of Pediatrics
Director of Tuberous Sclerosis Center of Excellence
Medical Director of Nephrology, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital University of Tennessee Health Science Center
UT Le Bonheur Pediatric Specialists, LCH
Children’s Foundation Research Institute
49 North Dunlap, C-312
Memphis, TN 38105

Fellowship Training Program Assistant Director
Arwa Nada, MD
Assistant professor of Pediatric Nephrology
Division of Pediatric Nephrology
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital
49 North Dunlap, FOB 326. Memphis, TN 38105

Fellowship Training Program Coordinator
Rhonda Gray
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
50 N. Dunlap 654R
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901) 287-6034
Fax: (901) 287-5062