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Kidney Associates, PLLC

St Lukes Towers
6624 Fannin
Suite 1400
Houston, Texas 77030
(713) 795-5511
Valet parking available.

Kidney Assoc North Office
1415 North Loop West
Suite 940
Houston, TX 77008
Tel: (713) 691-0107

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13111 East Freeway
Suite 317
Houston, TX 77015
Tel: (713) 691-0107

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1250 Creek Way Drive
Suite 200
Sugar Land, TX 77478
Tel: (281) 265-6564

12237 Shadow Creek Parkway
Bldg 6, Suite 6106
Pearland, TX 77584
Tel: (713) 795-5511

Park Plaza Professional Building
1213 Hermann Drive, Suite 530
Houston, TX 77004
Tel: (713) 341-9685

Billing Office
1415 North Loop West
Suite 940
Houston, Texas 77008

"Is Kidney Associates
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Stephen Z. Fadem, MD

6624 Fannin, Suite 1400
Houston, Texas 77030
phone (713) 795-5511
fax (713) 795-4627

Biography | Nephrology | Dialysis | Computer Projects

Dr. Fadem is a practicing Houston nephrologist. He began practice in 1978 after completing a renal fellowship at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, and did his internal medicine residency at The University of Texas and MD Anderson Hospital in Houston. He is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Baylor College of medicine. Formerly from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Dr. Fadem is married and has three children.

He is also a diplomate of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, and a member of the American Society of Nephrology, International Society of Nephrology, Renal Physicians Association, the American Association of Kidney Patients and The National Kidney Foundation.

He is active in quality management, credentialing and peer review for his dialysis centers. He is also active in several civic and religious organizations and is a past Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of the National Kidney Foundation of Southeast Texas. He was a founding member, and first president of the Gulf Coast Kidney Society. He is currently the Medical Advisory Board Chairman of the National Kidney Foundation Serving Texas

On a national level, he is former Vice-President of the Board of Directors, and current Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of the American Association of Kidney Patients. He is on three national RPA committees, the Government Affairs Committee, the Clinical Practice Committee and the Health Finance Committee. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Renal Physicians Association. He has participated in the Forum of ESRD Networks, and was a member of the CMS Clinical Performance Measures Committee. He has served on the Technical Expert Panel for Dialysis Facility Compare, and chaired a sub committee on the Fistula First Initiative Task Force. He serves on Technical Expert Panels for the National Quality Forum and the National Committee on Quality Assurance, was on the Technical Expert Panel for the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Association. He has been a consultant to the computer industry in the development of CKD management software and developed the Touchcalc® line of medical calculators Touchcalc®.

He lectures frequently on dialysis management, preventive nephrology, vascular calcification, anemia, patient education, CKD education, information systems, computer technology and computer security.

Dr. Fadem has been nationally recognized by receiving the American Association of Kidney Patient's Nova Award, the National Kidney Foundation's Distinguished Service Award. He has also received the National Kidney Foundation's Presidents Award and the Myron L. Jenkins Award. He has been awarded the Peter Lundin Award for his contributions to patient education. Dr. Fadem is also a recipient of the Samuel Orenstein Award and the AAKP Visionary Award. He is ranked among the Top Doctors in the USA by U.S. News and World Report.

He is the recipient of the 2013 Core Value Award for Continuous Quality Improvement. This award is given yearly to the DaVita Medical Director who best exemplifies the core value of CQI through outcomes-based leadership. He is a 2014 recipient of the NKF Crystal Slipper Award.

Dr. Fadem's research interest is in developing ways to remove viral particles as well as exosomes excreted by cancer cells using a modified form of dialysis, the Aethlon Medical's Hemopurifier® He is working on this cutting edge technology, featured in the Wall Street Journal, with DaVita Clinical Research and Aethlon Medical.

Dr. Fadem's hobby is photography.


A nephrologist (kidney doctor) treats patients with various kidney disorders such as kidney failure or chronic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, hypertension, electrolyte and acid-base disorders. Nephrologists play an active role in the prevention of renal failure caused by diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, polycystic kidney disease. They manage patients who require dialysis and are instrumental in the evaluation of these patients for kidney transplantation. Since the early detection and mangement of patients with kidney disease leads to better outcomes, the nephrology community is highly interested in the area of chronic kidney disease (CKD) management and education.

Several web sites offer a great deal of additional information about these disorders. See related links and visit the The Nephron Information Center, http://nephron.com. Wikikidney has excellent resources, and is a work in progress.


In 1985 Dr. Fadem and Dr. Samir Tuma, a former Baylor faculty member founded the Houston Kidney Center. The HKC Integrated Service Network, now a part of DaVita, is comprised of six dialysis facilities. The DaVita Medical Center Facility is now one of the largest dialysis units in the United States.

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In addition to his interests in medicine, Dr. Fadem is an avid computer enthusiast. Along with his wife, Joyce, and in cooperation with The Harris County Medical Society, he produced computer expositions in 1984 and 1985. He participates in the renal section of the The Harris County Medical Society Museum of Health and Medical Science, and worked with several physicians to develop an interactive patient education program using Macromedia Director. He created The Nephron Information Center, Renalworld, and has contributed to many websites. He is responsible for the original National Kidney Foundation's Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative Website (NKF-K/DOQI). Dr. Fadem is the co-founder of the Newsdesk, http://nephron.com. The Nephron Information Center and was among the first to use the novel technology of news aggregation to present updated news stories about kidney disease. His software has been engineered by Brian Rosenthal. He currently develops software calculators for Touchcalc.

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Dr. Fadem participates with Kidney Associates team in 2014 NKF Walk

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