About Us

Pediatric Nephrology

The Division of Pediatric Nephrology is a tertiary referral center for North and Central Florida and the surrounding states. Our Division offers special expertise in the care of very young children with renal failure and in the care of patients with complex renal abnormalities who require dialysis and transplantation.

The Division of Pediatric Nephrology provides diagnosis and treatment for infants, children, and adolescents with all forms of acute and chronic kidney disease. There are approximately 3600 outpatient visits and 350 admissions each year. These include infants, children, and adolescents with a variety of bladder and kidney problems, patients with hypertension and electrolyte abnormalities, and the assessment of pregnant women carrying a fetus with a renal abnormality noted on ultrasound. Physicians over the entire tri-state area call for consultations, as do the faculty of the University of Florida Health Science Center who need joint consultative care of the complex pediatric problems.

Our Team


Lawrence R Shoemaker

Lawrence R Shoemaker M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor And Chief

Larry T Patterson

Larry T Patterson M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor

Kiran K Upadhyay

Kiran K Upadhyay M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor



Naile Tufan Pekkucukesen, M.D.

I have been interested in Pediatric Nephrology since I completed my Nephrology rotation. My interests are acid-base disorders, complement systems and acute kidney injury. I would like to pursue my career in academic center to be able to do translational and clinical research besides clinical work. In my spare times I like to cook traditional foods and spent time in outside with my family. Being used to living in a big city, I have been adjusting to living in Gainesville, a small college town. On the Brightside, my family and I have been experiencing closeness to mother nature.

Naile Tufan Pekkucuksen

Clinical & Administrative Staff

Clinic Coordinator

Zach Betty, LPN

Zach has been a part of the Pediatric Nephrology team since July of 2016. His role is multifaceted in that it he carries out a variety of responsibilities such as hands on patient care to office administrative demands. Zach is currently working to expand his education as he peruses a degree in healthcare administration.

Zach Betty, LPN

Fellowship Coordinator

Melissa Watson

Melissa joined the Division of Pediatric Nephrology in August of 2016. She has been with UF Health Pediatrics since June 2007. Melissa oversees our staff, and is the Coordinator for our Fellowship Program. Melissa is currently working to expand her education as she peruses a degree in Healthcare Administration and Criminal Justice.

Melissa Watson

Kidney Transplant Team

Rachel Bush, ARNP

Rachel Bush

April Ellis


Felicia Johns

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