This website was founded and is maintained by Stephen Z. Fadem, MD, FACP, FASN. The site is intended as a public service (See mission statement).
It is not linked to the manufacturing of any dialysis products, but its founder does participate in clinical research trials and is the medical director of several dialysis facilities. Dr. Fadem is an owner of Touchcalc, Inc which produces online, medical calculators.
Medical ads, when present will list only the company name,
and not the product. All commercial resources that contribute
content are encouraged to use only the generic name of their product.
Non medical ads and partnership (like amazon.com)
may use product names, but all product advertising must be done
in good taste.
Nephroquest provides content in the form
of replies to patient questions. This site has no intention of
selling or distributing the registration list of Nephroquest or
the Guest Book. Questions are answered only by renal professionals. Unfortunately,
due to time contstraints of professionals, it is not possible to answer questions as frequently as we would like.
So, from your excellent questions we are compiling frequently asked questions, and developing a content-based database entitled links.nephron.com.
Meanwhile, please use the NKF's KIDNEY DISEASE site sponsored by the National Kidney Foundations to submit questions that require individual answers.
The replies, when possible, are by a carefully screened
panel of nephrologists and on occasion other highly qualified
members of the renal community. Product endorsement is discouraged.
Wherever possible, direct links to the National
Library of Medicine medical literature database are incorporated and strongly encouraged.
Also, when possible direct links will be made to the National
Kidney Foundation's K/DOQI
Dr. Fadem is a member of cyberNephrology
and the International Society of Nephrology Informatics Commission.
He has been a speaker for Orthobiotech, Bone Care International, Biovail, Abbott, Pfizer and Amgen . He has been
a Principal Investigator in clinical trials for Amgen, Abbott, Shires, ASH Medical, Advanced Magnetics, 3M, Genentect
Bone Care, Baxter, Nabi and Ortho Biotech, Oxford Health and the Collaborative Study Group. He is medical director of
The Houston Kidney Center Integrated Service Network, Chief Medical
Director of five DaVita dialysis facilities, the past medical director of DaVitaCare in Houston and is the CEO of
Kidney Associates, PLLC. He is Vice President of AAKP -
The American Association of Kidney Patients and serves on their medical advisory board and their board of directors.
This website intends to abide and support
ethical standards created to improve the quality of web-based
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of this website, its links, its sponsorship should be brought
to the immediate attention of the webmaster.
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never have to reveal your identity to use its resources. In registering
with various services, such as Nephroquest, which is a public
forum, we urge you that these resources are not intended to be
confidential, and that we urge you to use discretion when supplying
sensitive or confidential information about your health.
The information about users of this site through our Guest
Book is intended solely for the use of The Nephron Information
Center in an desire to tailor its efforts to be in line with public
demand. This information is not intended to be sold nor distributed
to any third party. Using your name is strictly optional and not really necessary to enjoy the site.
Z. Fadem, M.D., FACP, FASN