Dr. Stephen Z. Fadem, M.D., FACP, FASN, Nephrologist (Kidney Specialist) | Nephrology
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Dr. Stephen Z. Fadem, M.D., FACP, FASN

Nephrologist (Kidney Specialist) | Nephrology

6560 Fannin St #1730 Houston TX, 77030



Dr. Stephen Fadem is a nephrologist practicing in Houston, TX. Dr. Fadem specializes in the care and treatment of the kidneys. As a nephrologist, Dr. Fadem most typically treats conditions like kidney stones, chronic kidney disease, acute renal failure, polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, high blood pressure, and more. Nephrologists are also experts on kidney transplantation and dialysis. Primary care physicians refer to most patients for problems related to the kidneys. Many patients self-refer, however. While nephrologists can perform tests to diagnose kidney disorders, they do not perform surgeries.

Education and Training

University of Oklahoma

Univ of Ok Coll of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 1973

University Of Oklahoma College Of Medicine 1973

Board Certification

American Board of Internal Medicine

Nephrology (Internal Medicine)

Provider Details

Male English

Areas of expertise and specialization

Clinical nephrology - glomerulonephritis, genetic disorders (polycystic kidney disease, Alport Syndrome), vasculitis, kidney stones, geriatric nephrology, fall prevention, aging

Faculty Titles & Positions

  • Clinical Professor of Medicine, Section of Nephrology Baylor College of Medicine 2003 - Present


  • Distinbuished Service Award 1989 National Kidney Foundation 
  • Nova Award 2002 American Association of Kidney Patients 
  • Peter Lundin Award 2004 American Association of Kidney Patients 
  • Lifetime Achievement Award 2004 National Kidney Foundation 
  • Myron L Jenkins Award 1991 National Kidney Foundation 
  • Medal of Excellence 2019 American Association of Kidney Patients 
  • Samuel L Orenstein Award 2006 American Association of Kidney Patients 
  • Maureen Lundin Award 2007 American Association of Kidney Patients 
  • Continuous Quality Improvement Core Value Award 2013 DaVita 
  • America's Top Doctors 2008 Castle Connolly (2008 to the Present) 
  • Texas Super Doctors 2013 Texas Medicine (2013 - Presenet) 
  • President's Lifetime Achievement Award 2020 White House 
  • President's Lifetime Achievement Award 2022 White House 
  • Distinguished Nephrology Service Award 2023 Renal Physician's Association 

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Nephrology  
  • American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, Inc.  
  • American College of Physicians  
  • Samuel L Orenstein Award  

Charities and Philanthropic Endeavors

  • American Association of Kidney Patients and National Kidney Foundation


  • University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston


  • University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio

Professional Society Memberships

  • American Medical AssociationNational Kidney FoundationAmerican Society of NephrologyHarris County Medical Society

Articles and Publications

  • See CV - http://szf.com/cv

Areas of research

  • See CV - http://szf.com/cv

Teaching and speaking

  • Baylor College of Medicine

Favorite Place to Vacation

  • Norway

Hobbies / Sports

  • Reading, writing, photography

Dr. Stephen Z. Fadem, M.D., FACP, FASN's Practice location

Kidney Associates PLLC

6560 Fannin St #1730 -
Houston, TX 77030
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New patients: 713-795-5511, 713-795-5511
Fax: 713-795-4627

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Dr. Stephen Z. Fadem, M.D., FACP, FASN has a rating of 4 out of 5 stars based on the reviews from 14 patients. FindaTopDoc has aggregated the experiences from real patients to help give you more insights and information on how to choose the best Nephrologist (Kidney Specialist) | Nephrology in your area. These reviews do not reflect a providers level of clinical care, but are a compilation of quality indicators such as bedside manner, wait time, staff friendliness, ease of appointment, and knowledge of conditions and treatments.

Media Releases

Dr. Fadem’s Commitment to Nephrology Care and Patient Advocacy Sets Him Apart

A distinguished nephrologist and Clinical Professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Fadem’s practice at Kidney Associates in Houston, Texas, encompasses a wide range of nephrology services, including chronic kidney disease (CKD) screening and management, dialysis and transplantation care, consultative nephrology, vascular access intervention, and clinical research. 

Pertaining to his educational pursuits, Dr. Fadem received his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, before completing his residency in internal medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center.

Recognized as a Diplomate and Fellow of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, he is an active member of the American Society of Nephrology, the International Society of Nephrology, and the Renal Physicians Association.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Fadem is a passionate advocate for patient education and public service. He has been honored with numerous awards, including the American Association of Kidney Patients Nova Award, the National Kidney Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award, and the AAKP Visionary Award. His dedication to improving patient education has been recognized with accolades such as the Peter Lundin Award for his outstanding contributions.

An authority in his field, he has been ranked among the Top Doctors in the USA by U.S. News and World Report. He was also recognized as a Texas Super Doctor and was listed among the ‘Top Nephrologists in Houston’ by the Houston Chronicle. His commitment to providing quality medical care and advocating for patient rights has earned him the respect and admiration of colleagues and patients alike.

Beyond his professional achievements, Dr. Fadem is known for his passion for technology and public service. He is the Founder of the Nephron Information Center, a pioneering platform that utilizes news aggregation to disseminate updated information about kidney disease.

In his personal life, he finds joy in exploring national parks, reading, and photography. He credits his success to his unwavering dedication to his patients and his commitment to advancing the field of nephrology.

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