Our Team

Chief of Service

Dr. Braun is dedicated to providing outstanding clinic care in the context of innovative clinical and translational research. His clinical interests include membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis, disorders of complement proteins, renal transplantation, disease recurrence in renal transplantation… read more
Phone: 832-824-3800

Clinic Physicians

Dr. Braun is dedicated to providing outstanding clinic care in the context of innovative clinical and translational research. His clinical interests include membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis, disorders of complement proteins, renal transplantation, disease recurrence in renal transplantation… read more
Phone: 832-824-3800
As a pediatric nephrologist, I treat children and adolescents with all forms of kidney disease, but my clinical and research interest is in pediatric hypertension.  When treating patients, I like to partner not only with the other physicians of a patient’s care team, but with the patient’s family… read more
Phone: 832-824-3800
Dr. Angelo is dedicated to providing the highest level of patient-centered, evidence-based care to children and adolescents with all types of kidney disease.  His clinical and research interests include acute kidney injury, critical care nephrology and the short and long-term effects of cancer and… read more
Phone: 832-824-3800
Dr Akcan-Arikan is a dual trained pediatric intensivist and nephrologist and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics with tenure at Baylor College of Medicine. She is the Associate Chief (Research) of Division of Critical Care Medicine. Dr Arikan is a clinician-scientist whose research focus is on the… read more
Phone: 832-826-6230
Dr. Brewer is an internationally known expert in pediatric renal diseases, dialysis, transplantation and hypertension.  She is past president of the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology, former Council Member of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association and organizer of International… read more
Phone: 832-824-3800
I am a clinical and a clinical molecular geneticist who sees both pediatric and adult patients. As a geneticist my clinical interests include care of individuals with developmental delay, intellectual disability, seizure, cardiovascular diseases, connective tissue disorders, hereditary cancers and… read more
Phone: 832-822-4280
Dr. Elenberg is a national expert in cystinosis; in 1995 she received Cystinosis Foundation Award: "In rateful Recognition of Special Concern for and Outstanding Service to Children with Cystinosis", in 1998 she was the first to describe eating problems in cystinosis, and in 2009 she received a… read more
Phone: 832-824-3800
As a pediatric nephrologist, I am committed to providing outstanding family-centered patient care to children with all kinds of kidney disease including congenital and acquired kidney diseases, kidney failure, high blood pressure, kidney transplant and dialysis. I also have an interest in global… read more
Phone: 832-824-3800
As a pediatric nephrologist, my goal is to help children with all forms of kidney disease including glomerular disease, tubular disorders, nephrotic syndrome, hypertension, acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease and renal transplant disorders. In addition to providing excellent clinical care… read more
Phone: 832-824-3800
Dr. Malatesta is a dedicated pediatric nephrologist who takes care of children with all types of kidney disease including hypertension, nephrotic syndrome, glomerulonephritis, obstructive uropathies, chronic kidney disease, end stage renal disease, dialysis and transplantation. She has special… read more
Phone: 832-824-3800
Dr. Michael provides care for all pediatric renal patients and her special interests include renal transplantation, hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and nephrotic syndrome. She has a holistic approach to patient care.  Clinical Interests: • Hemolytic uremic syndrome • Nephrotic syndrome • Kidney… read more
Phone: 832-824-3800
I treat children with various forms of kidney diseases and have a special interest in pediatric hypertension. My goal is to help my patients improve their health by collaborating with them and educating them on their medical conditions. I am a strong communicator and good listener, and I cherish… read more
Phone: 832-824-3800 (Main) | 936-267-7819 (Woodlands) | 936-267-7552 (Renal Office)
Dr. Orjuela provides care for children with all types of kidney conditions and diseases including nephrotic syndrome, kidney and urinary anomalies, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, end stage renal disease, dialysis, transplantation and renal failure from other diseases. His special interests… read more
Phone: 832-824-3800
Dr. Shah is committed to providing excellent patient and family centered general nephrology care to the communities in and around the TCH West Campus in Katy Texas.   Her clinical expertise extends to all forms of renal disease both congenital and acquired.   She has an active research interest in… read more
Phone: 832-227-2400
Dr. Siddiqui specializes in caring for pediatric patients from infancy to adolescence with a wide variety of renal disorders including obstructive uropathies, hypertension, nephrotic syndrome, glomerulonephritis, acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease, dialysis and transplant. Her philosophy… read more
Phone: 832-824-3800
Dr. Srivaths is committed to providing excellent patient and family centered general nephrology care to the communities in and around Houston. His clinical expertise extends to all forms of renal disease both congenital and acquired. He manages a multi-disciplinary pheresis program that provides… read more
Phone: 832-824-3800
Dr. Swartz provides care for children with all types of kidney disease and conditions including chronic kidney disease, end stage renal disease, dialysis, transplantation, renal failure from other diseases, nephrotic syndrome, kidney and urinary anomalies, and hypertension. As Medical Director of… read more
Phone: 832-824-3800
As a pediatric nephrologist, I provide care to children with all types of kidney conditions and diseases including nephrotic syndrome, kidney and urinary anomalies, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, end stage renal disease, dialysis, transplantation and renal failure from other diseases.  With… read more
Phone: 832-824-3800
As a Pediatric Health Psychologist in the Renal Section at TCH, my passion and work is with families and patients who have renal conditions. My primary clinical interests are assessing and improving mood, coping, adherence, and adjustment to the medical condition and treatment. A key component of… read more
Phone: 832-824-3800

Renal Service Leadership

Phone: 832-824-7596
Phone: 832-826-0851 (Clinic) | 832-824-5612 (Direct Line)

Advanced Practice Providers

My area of specialty is the evaluation and treatment of hypertension in both children and adolescents. I am passionate about providing my patients and families with the information they need to understand and actively participate in their own care. I work with families to individualize the… read more
Phone: 832-824-3800
My goal is to work with the patient and their family to provide care that includes evolving education and exceptional health care post-transplant with the renal transplant team. I work cooperatively on an interdisciplinary team with physicians, dietitians, pharmacists, social workers, child life… read more
Phone: 832-824-3800
Working with patients and families with complex medical needs requires an interdisciplinary approach, and patients with chronic kidney disease can be quite challenging.  My philosophy of care includes managing all aspects of the disease with the entire team including the family, social worker,… read more
Phone: 832-824-3800
I strive to give our patients the best care by coordinating services among specialties and working as part of a multidisciplinary team.  Our families should rest assured that they are cared for by some of the best nurses, nephrologists, advanced practice providers and ancillary staff in the country… read more
Phone: 936-267-7599

Renal Ambulatory Staff

Heidi Flota Sanchez, MA

Social Workers

Phone: 832-826-0874
Phone: 832-826-5055
Clinical Interests: Renal transplant, bariatric counseling, quality of life, and transition from pediatric to adult care.
Phone: 832-824-3800

Child Life Specialists

Phone: 832-826-0819

Dietitians

My goal is to optimize nutrition prescriptions to best serve patients in their disease state, improve their health as able through nutrition, and promote adequate growth. Clinical Interests: Renal nutrition, optimization of growth in renal disease, nutrition education and counseling, healthy… read more
Phone: 832-824-3800
Get healthy, stay healthy. I am committed to providing evidenced based care that will allow best quality of life for the patient and family. Clinical Interests: Renal nutrition, pediatrics, malnutrition, healthy eating behaviors  Research Interests: Research in renal nutrition, malnutrition
Phone: 832-826-0818
My goal is to provide the best nutritional care that balances our goals of optimizing growth with medical condition and life style.  Clinical  Interests: Nephrology Nutrition, Sports Nutrition, Weight Management, Pediatric Nutrition Research Interests: Pediatric Malnutrition, Pediatric Critical… read more
Phone: 832-824-3800

Quality of Life Program Coordinators

I collaborate with team members in providing care for kidney disease patients and their families. I also search for ways to make patients and families lives and lead more prosperous lives through the many initiatives of the Quality of Life Program.  
Phone: 832-826-0818 (Clinic) | 832-824-1921 (Direct)
Meredith Vela