Our Lady of the Lake Children's Health Adds Region's Only Pediatric Nephrologist

Atul Poudel

Our Lady of the Lake Children's Health Adds Region's Only Pediatric Nephrologist

08/29/2018

Atul Poudel, MD, has joined the team at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health as the region’s only pediatric nephrologist, specializing in treatment of kidney and urinary tract diseases and infections.

The new freestanding Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, set to open next year, continues to attract coveted specialists as the hospital works to improve care for children across Louisiana. Atul Poudel, MD, has joined the team at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health as the region’s only pediatric nephrologist, specializing in treatment of kidney and urinary tract diseases and infections, and is one of only eight pediatric nephrologists in Louisiana.

“Nephrology is a critical specialty that children have been missing in the Baton Rouge region, requiring patients to travel if their care plan called for a pediatric nephrologist,” said Shaun Kemmerly, MD, chief medical officer of Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. “Dr. Poudel’s addition to our team will benefit children across Louisiana, and it is yet another testament to the importance of our freestanding hospital and the caliber of physicians it is attracting to Baton Rouge.”

Dr. Poudel received his medical degree from the Kathmandu University in Nepal. He completed a pediatric residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, N.Y., and St. Joseph`s Children`s Hospital in Paterson, N.J. He then finished his Fellowship training in pediatric nephrology at University of Florida Health Shands Children’s Hospital in Gainesville, Fla.

Since 2014, Dr. Poudel has served as an assistant professor of pediatric nephrology for Batson Children’s Hospital at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. He is Board Certified in general pediatrics and pediatric nephrology. He has presented in multiple local and national-level meetings, has several publications in prestigious medical journals and actively participates in graduate medical education.

Dr. Poudel is the latest addition to Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health – a collaborative, coordinated and child-focused statewide health network that provides patients with more access to physicians and providers specifically trained to care for children. By adding a full-time pediatric nephrologist in Baton Rouge, Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health is able to provide even more complex care to children who may need to see several specialists, and now don’t have to travel to do so.

The network includes hospital-based services at the main campus and the future freestanding hospital in Baton Rouge and in Monroe with St. Francis Pediatrics. It also connects pediatricians, pediatric specialists and other health providers across our state with clinics in the Baton Rouge region, Hammond, Lafayette and Monroe.

This model of coordinated pediatric healthcare extends the vital work happening at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital into more communities across Louisiana.

Dr. Poudel’s office is located at 7777 Hennessy Blvd., Suite 502 in Baton Rouge. Call (225) 765-6834 for more information on obtaining a referral.

About Our Lady of the Lake

Our Lady of the Lake is a not-for-profit 800-bed medical center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with more than 7,100 employees committed to building a healthy community through excellence in patient care and education. With a Regional Medical Center, dedicated Children’s Hospital, two freestanding emergency rooms, and a 450-provider Physician Group, Our Lady of the Lake provides comprehensive healthcare services for common to complex conditions. Our Lady of the Lake is a primary teaching site for graduate medical education programs and is recognized in the areas of heart and vascular, trauma and emergency care, stroke, cancer care, minimally-invasive procedures and more. In 2016, Our Lady of the Lake was one of three hospitals recognized by the American Hospital Association with the Quest for Quality Prize award.

About Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital

Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital is Louisiana’s fastest growing children’s hospital treating more than 100,000 patients annually from across Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The hospital is the only healthcare provider in the Baton Rouge area that provides a full range of pediatric services ranging from a 24/7 pediatric emergency room to a team of more than 100 pediatricians and pediatric specialists. For more information, visit www.ololchildrens.org.

The new freestanding Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital is currently under construction and is set to open in 2019. To learn more about the project, visit www.letsbuildamazing.com.

About Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health

Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health is a collaborative, coordinated and child-focused statewide health network that provides patients with more access to physicians and providers specifically trained to care for children. The network includes hospital-based services at the main campus in Baton Rouge and the future freestanding hospital, as well as in Monroe with St. Francis Pediatrics. It also connects pediatricians, pediatric specialists and other health providers across our state with clinics in the Baton Rouge region, Hammond, Lafayette and Monroe. This model of coordinated pediatric healthcare extends the vital work happening at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital into more communities across Louisiana so families have greater access to expertise close to home.

About the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System

The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System is one the largest healthcare systems in Louisiana and is the leading healthcare provider for more than half the state’s population. The health system is a non-profit, Catholic organization sponsored by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady. Headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, we serve patients statewide through a network of hospitals, clinics, physicians, elderly housing and integrated systems. Our five hospitals include St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette, St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales and Our Lady of the Angels in Bogalusa. For more information, visit www.fmolhs.org.

About Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group

With more than 450 healthcare providers throughout more than 70 locations, Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group is one of the area’s largest physician networks. In addition to primary care, this experienced group of doctors specializes in diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of illnesses and complex medical problems.

About St. Elizabeth Physicians

St. Elizabeth Physicians is the largest provider of primary and specialty care in Ascension Parish, employing over 50 primary care physicians, specialists and providers. St. Elizabeth Physicians has been recognized for quality by the Louisiana Quality Foundation, and as the Large Business of the Year twice by the Ascension Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit the St. Elizabeth Hospital website.

About St. Francis Medical Center

From a modest beginning in July 1913 as a three-story red brick building with 75 patient beds, St. Francis Medical Center has grown to become Northeast Louisiana’s largest healthcare provider and one of the largest employers in Ouachita Parish. Today, St. Francis Medical Center is licensed for 367 beds, employs over 1,700 team members and partners with over 300 medical staff members. Our mission of extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to those most in need reaches out to 17 parishes in Louisiana and three counties in Arkansas, an area with a population exceeding 515,000 people. St. Francis Medical Center is part of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System. For more information, visit the St. Francis Medical Center website.

About St. Francis Medical Group

With over 50 healthcare providers at 16 clinic locations, St. Francis Medical Group is one of the area’s largest physician networks and is backed by the resources of St. Francis Medical Center. In addition to primary care, this experienced group of providers specializes in diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of illnesses and complex medical problems. For more information visit the St. Francis Medical Center website.