Dr. Melvin Bonilla-Félix

Professor

Chairman Department of Pediatrics/

Interim Section Chief Nephrology

UPR School of Medicine

GPO Box 365067

San Juan, P.R. 00936-5067

Tel: 787-756-4020, 787-474-0333 Ext. 7292, 7295

melvin.bonilla1@upr.edu

The Pediatric Nephrology Section of the University Of Puerto Rico Of Medicine is organized under the Pediatric Department and is responsible for the development of the academic, clinical research and service activities, as pertain to the renal system, for the medical students, pediatric residency and the community.

As part of the UPR School of Medicine its faculty participates in teaching to the students in medicine, dental medicine, nursing and public health among others. The active teaching of interns and residents during their clinical rotation through the Section as well as lectures scheduled within the Residency Training Program, provide a continuum of the kidney functions and diseases and their treatments options.

The Faculty of this Section are the Pediatric Nephrologists responsible to direct the medical care of children with renal disease admitted under their care or serve as consultants to other services at the University Pediatric Hospital Dr. Antonio Ortiz, a Tertiary Care Hospital located in the Puerto Rico Medical Center, devoted to care of sick children with the most complex health conditions. The Nephrology Section Director also directs the Pediatric Renal Center which is the only facility for pediatric dialysis care in Puerto Rico and the Eastern Caribbean. This Section’s Nephrologists are consultants to the Cardiovascular Hospital of Puerto Rico, a hospital dedicated to the surgical care of adults and children with cardiovascular conditions, such as congenital heart defects and heart transplants. As consultants to the Puerto Rico Transplant Program, located in the Auxilio Mutuo Hospital, these nephrologists participate in the evaluation and treatment of children with renal transplants. The section faculty also provides consultation services to the Nursery Unit in the University District Hospital. Three Out Patient Clinics a week offer an excellent array of all clinical renal conditions, hereditary, congenital and acquired.

Research in clinical nephrology areas has included Nephrotic Syndrome. Hypertension, Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, Acute Renal Failure, Chronic Renal Disease, Hemodialysis, Peritoneal Dialysis, Renal Transplant, Psycho-nephrology , public health, among others.

Service to the community has been part of our efforts to improve the wellbeing of children with kidney disease. We have participated as members of the Directives of health organizations such as local nonprofit entities as  Puerto Rico Renal Council, participants as resource for the Puerto Rico Kidney Foundation, consultants in public health issues to the Puerto Rico Health Department, members of the Puerto Rico Nephrology Society as leaders to disseminate the knowledge of nephrologic care for children. Also participation in National and International Societies such as the International Society of Pediatric Nephrology, and editors for peer reviewed medical journals such as Pediatric Nephrology.

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Contact Information for getting more detailed information or referring students or patients or research interests:

Dr. Melvin Bonilla-Félix

Professor

Chairman Department of Pediatrics/

Interim Section Chief Nephrology

UPR School of Medicine

GPO Box 365067

San Juan, P.R. 00936-5067

Tel: 787-756-4020, 787-474-0333 Ext. 7292, 7295

melvin.bonilla1@upr.edu

Dr. Marta Suárez Rivera

Associate Professor

Medical Director Pediatric Renal Center

Pediatric Nephrology Section

UPR School of Medicine

GPO Box 365067

San Juan, P.R. 00936-507

Tel: 787-474-0333 Ext. 7292, 7295

Marta.suarez@upr.edu

Dr. Nilka De Jesús González

Assistant Professor

Pediatric Nephrology Section

UPR School of Medicine

GPO Box 365067

San Juan, P.R. 00936-507

Tel: 787-474-0333 Ext. 7292, 7295

nilka.dejesus@upr.edu

Dr. Janice Crespo Salgado

Assistant Professor

Pediatric Nephrology Section

UPR School of Medicine

GPO Box 365067

San Juan, P.R. 00936-507

Tel: 787-474-0333 Ext. 7292, 7295

 

Outpatient  Clinics:

Mondays  8:00 AM and 1:00 PM at:                           Thursday 1:00PM  at:

School of Medicine Clinic                                           Basement Clinics Tower

Commercial Center                            .                       San Juan City Hospital

Reparto Metropolitano                                               P.R. Medical Center

Ave. Américo Miranda                                               (787)480-2805

San Juan, P.R.

(787)758-7910

We have expertise in the evaluation and treatment of conditions such as:

Agenesia or solitary Kidney

Bartter’s syndrome

Congenital Nephrotic syndrome

Cystitis

Dialysis (hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis)

Fanconi syndrome

Fluid and electrolyte disorders

Focal and segmental glomerulosclerosis

Gittleman’s syndrome

Glomerular disease

Glomerulonephritis

Henoch-Schonlein purpura

Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome

Hypertension

IgA nephropathy (Berger’s disease)

Kidney anomalies (hydronephrosis, horseshoe kidney, small kidney)

Kidney cyst

Kidney dialysis

Kidney failure

Kidney stone

Kidney transplant

Lupus nephritis

Nephritis

Nephrotic syndrome

Polyangiitis

Polycystic Kidney disease Pyelonephritis

Pyelonephritis

Renal Tubular Acidosis

Renal Failure

Tubulo-interstitial nephritis

Urinary tract infections

Vasculitis

Wegener’s granulomatosis

Inpatient

The division is committed to provide consultation services to the Pediatric University Hospital, University District Hospital, and Cardiovascular Hospital, 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week. We treat neonates, infants, children and adolescents up to 21 years of age patients with renal diseases. Our team includes clinic, transplant and dialysis nurses, dietitians, nephrology physicians, in-house teacher, nurse practitioners and social workers. Transfers are accepted from the complete island of Puerto Rico, as well as the Virgin Islands to the Pediatric University Hospital.  Service is trained to perform invasive procedures, such as: renal biopsies, renal dialysis (peritoneal and hemodialysis), others

Outpatient

Services are provided on outpatient clinics that run biweekly at the School of Medicine Outpatient Clinic, once a week at the UPR School of Medicine Hospital at Carolina, and once a week at the San Juan City Hospital, throughout the year.  High risk patients and patients with End Stage Renal Disease are seen regularly and on an as needed basis.  To get appointments please refer to the following:

Dr. Melvin Bonilla-Felix
Professor
Departments of Pediatrics

Interim Chair Nephrology Section
UPR School of Medicine
School of Medicine Outpatient Clinic
Tel: 787-758-7910

melvin.bonilla1@upr.edu

Dr. Marta Suarez
Assistant Professor
Pediatric Nephrology Section
UPR School of Medicine
School of Medicine Outpatient Clinic
Tel: 787-758-7910

Marta.suarez@upr.edu

Dr. Nilka De Jesús González

Assistant Professor

Pediatric Nephrology Section

UPR School of Medicine

GPO Box 365067

San Juan, P.R. 00936-507

Tel: 787-474-0333 Ext. 7292, 7295

nilka.dejesus@upr.edu

Dr. Janice Crespo Salgado

Assistant Professor

Pediatric Nephrology Section

UPR School of Medicine

GPO Box 365067

San Juan, P.R. 00936-507

Tel: 787-474-0333 Ext. 7292, 7295

 

Outpatient  Clinics:

Mondays and Fridays 1:00 PMWednesday 8:00 AMThursday 1:00PM
School of Medicine Clinic

Commercial Center

Reparto Metropolitano

Ave. Americo Miranda

San Juan, P.R.

(787)758-7910

UPR Hospital

65th Infantry Ave.

Carolina, P.R.

(787) 757-1800 Ext. 463

Clinics Tower

San Juan City Hospital

P.R. Medical Center

(787)480-2700 Ext. 2805

 

Conditions treated include:

  • Agenesia or solitary Kidney
  • Bartter’s syndrome
  • Congenital Nephrotic syndrome
  • Cystitis
  • Dialysis (hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis)
  • Fanconi syndrome
  • Fluid and electrolyte disorders
  • Focal and segmental glomerulosclerosis
  • Gittleman’s syndrome
  • Glomerular disease
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Henoch-Schonlein purpura
  • Hypertension
  • IgA nephropathy (Berger’s disease)
  • Kidney anomalies (hydronephrosis, horseshoe kidney, small kidney)
  • Kidney cyst
  • Kidney dialysis
  • Kidney failure
  • Kidney stone
  • Kidney transplant
  • Lupus nephritis
  • Nephritis
  • Nephrotic syndrome
  • Polyangiitis
  • Polycystic Kidney disease Pyelonephritis
  • Pyelonephritis
  • Renal Tubular Acidosis
  • Renal Failure
  • Tubulo-interstitial nephritis
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vasculitis
  • Wegener’s granulomatosis