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Pediatric Nephrology Expands at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

New York (Oct 1, 2011)

Fangming Lin, M.D., Ph.D.
Fangming Lin, M.D., Ph.D.

NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital recently welcomed noted pediatric nephrologist Fangming Lin, M.D., Ph.D., as Chief of the Division of Pediatric Nephrology. Earlier in the year, Patricia Liu Weng, M.D., pediatric nephrologist and researcher, joined the staff, which also includes pediatric nephrologist Robert L. Seigle, M.D.

In coming to Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, Dr. Lin says she was impressed by the expertise and experience of the Hospital's clinical team and leadership. "The physicians and Hospital leaders here have a vision and a passion to do what's best for patients," she says. "Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital is one of the few academic institutions in the country to have these qualities, as well as the resources to build a comprehensive nephrology service."

Dr. Lin, who is Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, was previously Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Nephrology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Texas, treating children with nephrology disease at Children's Medical Center of Dallas. She received her medical degree at Fujian Medical University, China, followed by a Ph.D. in Pharmacology at New York Medical College. She then completed pediatric residencies at Fujian Medical University Union Hospital and New York University Medical Center, as well as a pediatric nephrology fellowship at Seattle Children's Hospital, University of Washington.

A Comprehensive Pediatric Nephrology Program

Stepping into her role as Chief of Pediatric Nephrology, Dr. Lin explains the Division's three-fold mission. "We provide compassionate, state-of-the-art care for patients with acute and chronic kidney diseases. In addition, we want to be in the forefront of research and discoveries to advance our understanding of kidney disease and improve prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. And we are committed to training young physicians in the best practices in pediatric nephrology." A clinician-scientist, Dr. Lin's ongoing research focuses on stem cell-based therapy for acute kidney injury and the mechanism of kidney tubular atrophy. The ultimate goal of her basic science research is to develop new and more effective treatments for human kidney disease.

The Division of Pediatric Nephrology provides comprehensive care for a wide range of complex kidney diseases and urologic conditions that affect newborns, infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. These include:

  • acute kidney injury
  • chronic kidney disease
  • end-stage renal disease
  • fluid and electrolyte abnormalities
  • glomerulonephritis
  • hematuria and proteinuria
  • hypertension
  • kidney stones
  • nephrotic syndrome
  • urinary tract and kidney malformations

Care is provided in a family-centered environment by a dedicated interdisciplinary team that includes physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, medical assistants, dietitians, and social workers.

Hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, continuous renal replacement therapy, and a comprehensive kidney transplant program are available for patients with end-stage renal disease. The kidney transplantation program offers pre and post-transplant counseling for patients and family members, and leading edge therapies are used to help reduce the side effects of anti-rejection drugs.

"Our staff also has particular expertise in managing children with stunted growth resulting from renal failure," notes Dr. Lin. Adolescents with kidney disease can share mutual concerns and find peer support in regularly scheduled group meetings conducted by nephrology staff members and with teenage tutors, many of whom are patients themselves.

Dr. Patricia Weng and Dr. Robert Seigle

Dr. Patricia Weng's clinical and research interests focus on the genetics of congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract, specifically the genetic determinants of vesicoureteral reflux, renal dysplasia/hypoplasia, and ureteropelvic junction obstruction. She oversees one of the largest registries of patients and their families who have congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract and other kidney diseases. Clinically, Dr. Weng has an active general pediatric nephrology practice treating patients with a variety of pediatric renal disorders, including hypertension, electrolyte imbalances, and chronic kidney disease (including end stage renal disease and transplant patients).

Dr. Weng, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Nephrology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, received her medical degree at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and went on to complete a residency in pediatrics at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital, a pediatric nephrology fellowship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and a nephrology research fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Ali Gharavi at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Robert Seigle has been an attending pediatrician in the Division of Pediatric Nephrology since 1981. An Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University College of Physicians, Dr. Seigle's clinical practice includes extensive experience in treating acute and chronic kidney failure, nephrotic syndrome, hypertension, glomerulonephritis, kidney stone disease, and metabolic disorders. He has cared for numerous kidney transplant recipients, as well as patients requiring hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.

Dr. Seigle, who earned his medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, completed a residency in pediatrics at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and a fellowship in pediatric nephrology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

For additional information on the services of the Division of Pediatric Nephrology or to make an appointment, please call (212) 305-5825.

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