Stephen Z. Fadem, M.D., FASN
6624 Fannin, Suite 1400
Houston, Texas 77030
phone (713) 795-5511
fax (713) 795-4627
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, Baylor College of medicine. Formerly
from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Dr. Fadem is married and has three
He is also a Fellow of of the American College of Physicians, Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology, diplomate of the American
Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (CHCQM - Certified Health Care Quality Management),
and a member of the 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.
On a national level, he is co-chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of
the American Association of Kidney Patients, and a past vice-president of the Board of Directors. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Renal Physicians Association, and actively serves on two national RPA committees, the Government
Affairs Committee and the Health Finance Committee. Dr. Fadem has been active in the
Forum of ESRD Networks was a member of the CMS Clinical Performance Measures
Committee. He serves as a consultant to the computer industry in the development
of CKD management software and is the founder of Touchcalc, a software design company.
He lectures frequently on dialysis management, preventive nephrology,
vascular calcification, anemia, patient education, CKD education, computer
technology and computer security. Dr. Fadem is on the co-editor of AAKP Renalife, and is a reviewer for several peer reviewed journals.
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 and The Visionary Award for his contributions to CKD education. He is the 2013 winner of the DaVita Core Value Award for Continuous Quality Improvement. He has been named as one of America's Top Doctors by Castle Connolly and US News and World Report, and is consistently ranked as a Top Doctor in Houston by H Texas Magazine.
Dr. Fadem founded Kidney Associates in 1996. Today, it is a highly prestigious nephrology practice, led by the 7 original partners, Steve Fadem, Joey Buquing, Wasae Tabibi, Han Dang, Dana Mitchell, Ruth Wintz and Emil Abdulhayaglu. Its office staff, under the direction of Anika Porter, has received numerous compliments for service excellence. KA comprises 9 nephrologists, a physician assistant and a nurse practitioner, and is involved in all aspects of clinical nephrology, home and incenter dialysis, interventional nephrology and transplantation. Kidney Associates will receive the 2013 Exemplary Practice Award from the Renal Physicians Association.
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,
acid-base disorders. Nephrologists play an active role in the
prevention of renal failure caused by diseases such as diabetes,
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. The links
page 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. In addition, Dr. Fadem is involved with several other local DaVita dialysis centers. 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.
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 participated in the development of 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 (nephron.com), Renalworld,
qKidney,DialysisUnits.com,CKD-EPI,Food Values and Kidney Disastersand has contributed to many other websites. He designed and developed the original
National Kidney Foundation's Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative
Dr. Fadem worked with programmer, Brian Rosenthal (now a Facebook Senior Engineer) to develop the Newsdesk Aggregator, now used exclusively by nephron.com