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Kidney (Renal)


Texas Medical Center

Kidney (Renal)
Phone: 832-824-3800
Fax: 832-825-9330


6701 Fannin Street
11th Floor
Houston, TX 77030

Eileen D. Brewer, MD

Medical Director, Renal Transplantation

Professor, Renal Section, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
University of California San Francisco Fellowship Pediatric Nephrology 1977
University of California San Francisco Residency Pediatrics 1974
Saint Louis University Internship Pediatrics 1972
Washington University School of Medicine Medical School Doctor of Medicine 1971


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 Workshops on Hypertension in Children and Adolescents in 2001, 2004 and 2007.  She has been an active clinician and clinical researcher throughout her career. She has participated as institutional Principal Investigator in numerous national multi-center clinical investigations such as the NIH-sponsored randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of antimicrobial prophylaxis in children with vesicoureteral reflux and urinary tract infection (RIVUR).  Recent local studies have been conducted in collaboration with Dr. Poyyapakam Srivaths and Fellows in the Pediatric Renal Section, focusing on clinical investigation of fibroblastic growth factor 23, Klotho, vitamin D and dysfunctional mineral metabolism as potential cardiovascular risk factors in pediatric patients with end stage renal disease, including children with renal transplants or those maintained on chronic dialysis.  Other collaborative renal transplant studies include evaluation of pediatric waitlist access to transplantation, of long-term outcomes of pediatric transplants and of ways to improve medical adherence for pediatric patients transitioning to adult transplant care.  Dr. Brewer is author of over 90 journal articles and 30 book chapters and is frequently invited to speak at scientific meetings and workshops nationally and internationally. 

Dr. Brewer strongly supports the importance of mentorship to help fellows and junior faculty find the right career path, become independent investigators and succeed as medical school faculty ready to teach the next generation.  She currently mentors several faculty and fellows in the Renal Section.  She also has experience in helping young pediatric nephrologists in developing countries.  She collaborated from 2011-2013 as established center director to help an emerging center director, Dr. Randall Lou-Meda at Fundanier, Hospital Roosevelt in Guatemala City, develop his center’s fledgling pediatric renal fellowship training program and chronic kidney disease/dialysis/transplantation programs through a grant from the International Society of Nephrology Sister Renal Center Program.  Dr. Brewer also mentors Dr. Peace Imani, Pediatric Renal Fellow at Baylor and recipient of a Thrasher Research Fund Early Career Award Program Grant (2015-2017) to study the impact of chronic kidney disease on health related quality of life of children in Uganda.

Clinical Interests:

• End stage renal disease / chronic dialysis

• Kidney Transplantation

• Lowe Syndrome

• Tuberous sclerosis

Research Interests:

• fibroblastic growth factor 23, Klotho, vitamin D and dysfunctional mineral metabolism in end stage renal disease

• Long-term outcomes of pediatric kidney transplant

• Impact of chronic kidney disease on health related quality of life of children in Uganda


Organization Name Role
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Member Coding and Nomenclature Committee; AAP Alternate to American Medical Association Relative Value Scale Update Committee
American Board of Pediatrics Former member General Pediatrics Examinations Committee and Planning Committee, past Chairman Decision Skills Committee
American Society of Pediatric Nephrology Past-President, former Council Member, Recipient 2010 Founder’s Award for unique and lasting contributions to the field of Pediatric Nephrology, past Co-Chair Public Policy Committee 2000-2013 and current committee Member
OPTN/United Network of Organ Sharing Chair, Pediatric Committee 2014-2016; Member Pediatric Committee and Kidney Committee
Renal Physicians Association Board of Directors 2006-2012, past Chairman and current member Healthcare Payment Committee, Member Relative Value Update Subcommittee

Selected Publications

Smith JM, Brewer ED. Decreasing living donor rates in pediatric kidney transplantation: A time for action. Pediatric Transplantation 21(2). PubMed PMID: 28191751, 2017.

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