Dr. Stephen Fadem, MD

Nephrology  |  
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Age 69
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Dr. Stephen Fadem, MD
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. In addition to serving as a consultant nephrologist, Dr. Fadem is a medical director of the DaVita Medical Center, one of the nation's largest dialysis facilities. 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. Dr. is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Baylor College of medicine. Among many national awards and accolades, he is the recipient of the Peter Lundin Award for his contributions to patient education, the AAKP Visionary Award for his accomplishments in developing CKD education initiatives, and the NKF Distinguished Service Award. He is a 2014 recipient of the NKF Crystal Slipper Award. He is among 109 nephrologists in the nation named as one of America's Top Doctors by Castle Connolly, has been listed among Houston's Top Doctors (H Texas Magazine), and Super Doctors. He is listed as a Doctor's Choice, one of the top 362 physicians in Houston as voted upon by peers, and is also listed among the top 1% of the nation's top doctors by U.S. News and World Report. Dr. Fadem has served on the Board of the Renal Physician's Association, and is chairman of the Medical Advisory Board, AAKP as well as the Medical Advisory Board of the National Kidney Foundation Serving Texas. The annual National Kidney Foundation Serving Texas Symposium was named in his honor from 1999 through 2011. Dr. Fadem is also active in clinical research. He also founded the Nephron Information Center, http://nephron.com and has been active in medical calculator development. He is the founder of http://touchcalc.com and http://dialysisunits.com. He is from Tulsa, Oklahoma. His hobbies are reading, travel and photography.

6624 Fannin St Ste 1400

Houston, TX 77030

Contact Information

(713) 795-5511

Dr. Stephen Fadem, MD

Dr. Stephen Fadem, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
  • CareOregon
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Community Health Choice
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Health Net
  • HealthFirst
  • HealthPlus
  • 21 More

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Diabetes With Renal Manifestations
more than 88% of peers
Vitamin D Deficiency
more than 84% of peers
End-Stage Renal Disease
more than 80% of peers

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Care Philosophy

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  • Nephrology

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*
  • Nephrology
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*

Conditions Treated

  • Acute Glomerulonephritis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Calcium Metabolism Disorders
  • Chronic Kidney Diseases
  • Congenital Cystic Kidney Disease
  • Congenital Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Diabetes With Renal Manifestations
  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis
  • Electrolyte Disorders
  • End-Stage Renal Disease
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Gout
  • Hydronephrosis
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Hyperkalemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertension, Kidney Disease-Induced
  • Hypertensive Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypertensive Heart and Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypokalemia
  • Hypotension (Excluding Maternal)
  • Kidney Disease
  • Kidney Hypertrophy
  • Kidney Stones
  • Limb Swelling
  • Limb Swelling Caused by Fluid Overload
  • Mineral Metabolism Disorders
  • Nephritis
  • Nephritis and Nephropathy
  • Nephrotic Syndrome
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Disease
  • Phosphorus Metabolism Disorders
  • Proteinuria
  • Renal Artery Arteriosclerotic Disease
  • Renal Hyperparathyroidism
  • Renal Osteodystrophy
  • Small Kidney
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vasculitis
  • Vitamin D Deficiency


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  • Dialysis
  • Hemodialysis
  • Kidney Transplant
  • Peritoneal Dialysis

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Texas.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Tulane University Of Louisiana
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1969
  • University Of Oklahoma / Health Sciences Center
    Medical School | Graduated 1973
  • University Tex Integrated Hosps
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1974
  • University Tex Integrated Hosps
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1976
  • Bexar Co Audie Murphy Va Ho
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1978

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Maureen Lundin aakpRenalife Award, 2007,2010
  • Nova Award AAKP, 2002
  • President's Award NKF, 1998
  • Samuel Orenstein Award, 2006
  • Council Nephrology Social Workers Physician of the Year, 1998
  • NKF Distinguished Service Award, 1989
  • Top Doctors in Houston (Health & Fitness Sports Magazine), 2010 -
  • Distinguished Service Award NKF Southeast Texas, 1999
  • Lifetime Achievement Award - NKF of Southeast Texas, 2004
  • Medal of Excellence Nominee - AAKP, 2001, 2008
  • Top Doctors in America (Castle Connolly), 2008 -
  • AAKP's Peter Lundin Award, 2004
  • Visionary Award for CKD Education Initiatives (AAKP), 2006
  • Houston's Top Doctors (HTexas Magazine), 2010 -
  • US News & World Report Top Doctors, 2010
Media & Publications

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Fadem's Reviews

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Dr. Fadem's Performance
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  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (2)
in Baytown, TX |
Dr Fadem is everything you want in a doctor. Just follow his recommendations and take care of yourself, god will do the rest. Excellent staff.
in Pasadena, TX |
I have been on hemodialysis since June, 1999, Dr. Fadem is by far the best Dr. I know out there I would ALWAYS recommend him to ANYONE.
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Dr. Fadem accepts 35 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
    Blue Choice
  • CareOregon
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Community Health Choice
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Health Net
    Medicare Advantage PFFS
  • HealthFirst
  • HealthPlus
  • HealthPlus Amerigroup
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
    Preferred PPO
  • Humana Health Plan of Texas
    Houston Area HMO-Standard
  • Husky Health
  • inHealth
  • INTotal Health
  • Medica
  • Medicaid
  • MHealth Insured
  • Midwest Health Plan
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Peach State Health Plan
  • Principal Life
  • Simply Healthcare Plans
  • Staywell (Wellcare)
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO
    United Healthcare
  • Universal American
  • WellCare
  • Wellcare of Georgia

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Hospitals where Dr. Fadem has admitting privileges

Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center
6720 Bertner Ave
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Houston Methodist Hospital
6565 Fannin St
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