Jean Bender, MD

Curricular Lead, Pediatric Nephrology

Jean Bender, MD specializes in pediatric nephrology with a broad range of interests. This includes: high blood pressure, acute kidney injury, and chronic kidney disease including all types of dialysis and kidney transplants.

Dr. Bender believes managing chronic diseases needs to be done through a team approach involving the medical team, patient, and patient’s family. She believes that education regarding the disease process helps families better understand and make decisions related to their children’s health care.

Dr. Bender received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Duke University, where she also competed on the cross country and track teams. She earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center and completed her internship in internal medicine and pediatrics at The Ohio State University and Columbus Children’s Hospital. She then completed her internal medicine/pediatrics residency at University of Texas Health Science where she also completed a combined nephrology/pediatric nephrology fellowship. During her fellowship she earned a master’s degree in public health and was involved in several research studies involving pediatric hypertension.

In her free time, Dr. Bender enjoys spending time outside with her husband and children.