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Robert Fildes, MD

Medical Director of:
Nephrology
Languages:
English, Spanish, French
Specialty/Profession:
Pediatric Nephrology
Board Certifications:
American Board of Pediatrics; Sub Board of Pediatric Nephrology
Education:
Undergraduate - Universite Libre de Bruxelles Magna Cum Laude (1974)
Medical School - Universite Libre De Bruxelles, Faculte De Medecine Magna Cum Laude    (1978)
Residency - Georgetown University Hospital (1980)
Internship - Norton Children’s Hospital – “Outstanding First Year Resident” (1979)
Fellowship - Georgetown University Hospital (1982)
Awards & Recognition:
“Teacher of the Year" for 3 University Hospitals: Children’s Hospital of Buffalo 1986, Georgetown University 1988, INOVA Fairfax Hospital for Children (1990)
Best Doctors in America  (2010-14)
Super Doctor – DC, Baltimore, Northern Virginia (2013, 2012, 2011)
“Top Doctor” Washingtonian and Northern Virginia Magazine (2000-15)
Top Nephrologist in VA – International Association Healthcare Professionals (2012)
Clinic Locations: Ashburn, Fairfax
Keystone Publications:

Pelayo JC, Fildes RD, Jose PA. The effects of dopamine blockade on renal sodium excretion. Am J Physiol. 1983 Aug;245(2):F247-53.

Fildes RD, Eisner GM, Calcagno PL, Jose PA. Renal alpha-adrenoceptors and sodium excretion. Am J Physiol. 1985 Jan;248(1 Pt 2):F128-33.

Fildes RD, Springate JE, Feld LG. Acute renal failure: Management of suspected and established acute renal failure. J. Pediatr. 1986;109: 567-571.

Tarkington MA, Fildes RD, Levin K, Ziessman H, Harkness B, and Gibbons MD. High resolution single photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) 99m Technetium-Dimercapto-Succinic Acid renal imaging: A state of the art technique. J Urol. 1990 Aug;144(2 Pt 2):598-600.

Fildes, R.D. and Atkins, J.L.: Substance P (SP) mediates decreased fluid reabsorption in straight portions of rabbit proximal tubule by SP receptor independent mechanisms. Am J. Physiol. 1997;272 (Regulatory Comp. Physiol. 41): R1396-R1401.

Fildes RD, Jose PA. “Disturbances of salt and water metabolism in renal disease,” in Edelman, C.M., ed. Pediatric Kidney Disease. Little, Brown and Co. Boston 1992.

Where did you grow up?
Pleasantville, NY
Why did you become a doctor and why did you choose your specialty?
I became a doctor due to my love for science; curiosity about all things in nature; and love for people, in general, and children, in particular; also, I have the belief that I can make a difference in the lives of my patients and colleagues through caring for patients.
How long have you practiced in the Washington, DC area and what do you like most about it?
I have practiced in our area since 1982 right out of fellowship training at Georgetown.
What do you most enjoy doing outside of your clinical practice, when you’re not working?
Spending time with loved ones (my wife!), including family and friends; I also enjoy golf, soccer, travel, photography, and art.
Do you volunteer? If so, where?
National Kidney Foundation – Primary Chair of Board; Medical Mission Overseas: Haiti, Mexico, Columbia; my local parish and country club, also INOVA Hospital for Children’s Pediatric Leadership Committee.
Describe your proudest accomplishment as a provider and/or in your personal life:
I have helped thousands of children and their families with all types of kidney disorders, including more than 150 kidney transplants in children suffering from kidney failure. I helped build three Nephrology programs at three different hospitals – Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, Georgetown University, and INOVA Hospital for Children. I enjoyed the challenges and rewards of original research in nephrology and hypertension.
If you weren’t a doctor, what profession would you most likely be doing and why?
I would most likely be a research scientist as I enjoy discovery, or maybe an attorney.
Personal Sketch:
8 - Years Married
3 - Children