A photo of Edward Nehus.

Director, Nephrology Fellowship

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

My Biography & Research


My pediatrician, whom I looked up to as a young child, inspired me to become a pediatrician. He cared for me when I was sick, including hospitalization for pneumonia, and encouraged me to study and read.

I was attracted to nephrology because of the comprehensive nature of the field. Nephrologists, or kidney doctors, care for children with all types of conditions, from kidney transplant recipients to critically ill children to those with common conditions such as high blood pressure.

In my practice, I specialize in caring for children with kidney conditions such as glomerular disease, end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and nephrolithiasis (kidney stones). My approach to patient care is to always treat the patient rather than just the medical condition.

I follow the advice of Sir William Osler who said, "The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease." This approach often involves a focused effort to teach children and parents about the nature of the medical condition and to provide guidance and reassurance.

In my research, I am investigating the cause of kidney disease in obesity and obesity-related conditions such as type 2 diabetes.

When I’m not helping patients or doing research, I enjoy spending time with my wife, running, reading the Bible and studying Spanish. I also like participating in outdoor activities such as biking and hiking.

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Nephrology and Hypertension, Kidney Disease, Dialysis, Kidney Stones

Research Divisions

Nephrology and Hypertension

My Locations

My Education

MD:   University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, 2002.

MS:   University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2011.

Residency: Pediatrics, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH.

Certification: Pediatrics, 2009.

Fellowship: Pediatric Nephrology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

My Publications

Reversible Myelofibrosis in Pediatric Renal Osteodystrophy. Sabulski, A; Hughley, E; Nehus, EJ; Grier, DD; Niss, O. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2020; 226:303-305.

Five-year kidney outcomes of bariatric surgery differ in severely obese adolescents and adults with and without type 2 diabetes. Bjornstad, P; Nehus, E; Jenkins, T; Mitsnefes, M; Moxey-Mims, M; Dixon, JB; Inge, TH. Kidney International. 2020; 97:995-1005.

Propensity score analysis for correlated subgroup effects. Liu, S; Liu, C; Nehus, E; Macaluso, M; Lu, B; Kim, M. Statistical Methods in Medical Research. 2020; 29:1067-1080.

Bariatric surgery and kidney disease outcomes in severely obese youth: Bariatric surgery and kidney disease. Bjornstad, P; Nehus, E; van Raalte, D. Seminars in Pediatric Surgery. 2020; 29:150883-150883.

Effect of surgical versus medical therapy on diabetic kidney disease over 5 years in severely obese adolescents with type 2 diabetes. Bjornstad, P; Hughan, K; Kelsey, MM; Shah, AS; Lynch, J; Nehus, E; Mitsnefes, M; Jenkins, T; Xu, P; Xie, C; et al. Diabetes Care. 2020; 43:187-195.

When to Initiate Dialysis in Children and Adolescents: Is Waiting Worthwhile?. Nehus, E; Mitsnefes, MM. American Journal of Kidney Diseases. 2019; 73:762-764.

Estimating heterogeneous treatment effects for latent subgroups in observational studies. Kim, HJ; Lu, B; Nehus, EJ; Kim, MO. Statistics in Medicine. 2019; 38:339-353.

Childhood Obesity and the Metabolic Syndrome. Nehus, E; Mitsnefes, M. Pediatric Clinics of North America. 2019; 66:31-43.

Composite Health Outcomes in Pediatric and Young Adult Kidney Transplant Recipients. Taylor, VA; Kirby, CL; Nehus, EJ; Goebel, J; Hooper, DK. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2019; 204:196-202.

Obesity and chronic kidney disease. Nehus, E. Current Opinion in Pediatrics. 2018; 30:241-246.