Jordan M Symons, MD

Jordan M Symons, MD

Nephrology, Fetal Care and Treatment Center, Dialysis, Apheresis

On staff since October 1999

Children's Title: Program Director, Nephrology Fellowship

Academic Title: Professor, Pediatrics

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

  • Jordan Symons, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and an Attending Nephrologist at Seattle Childrens Hospital, where he treats general nephrology, kidney transplant and dialysis patients.

    He received his MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, completed a pediatric residency at Childrens Memorial Hospital in Chicago and completed his fellowship in pediatric nephrology at Childrens Hospital in Boston. Dr Symons area of clinical interest is in renal replacement therapies and acute kidney injury. He is the center PI for the Prospective Pediatric Acute Kidney Injury (ppAKI) network, a multi-center consortium investigating the causes and treatment of pediatric acute kidney injury. Dr. Symons other major area of academic interest is in medical education. He serves as the program director for the Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship at Seattle Children's Hospital and as co-director for pediatric education at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

    • John Lake Forest Park, Washington 12.16.16

      For 16 years, Dr. Jordan Symons was my nephrologist at Seattle Children's before I transferred to the University of Washington after I turned 21. It was the hardest 16 years of my life, for both myself AND my parents. Yearly visits to the Emergency Room and countless weeks in the hospital wore both my parents out. Yet not once did we ever have any reason to not trust Dr. Symons. Not only was he a great Medical Professional intellectually, but he also possessed the ability to help both myself and my parents understand. Both of my parents have college educations, but sometimes that isn't enough to understand what is happening with your child, and that can be a horrifying thought, especially if your doctor speaks to you in a way that you cant understand. Dr. Symons was not like that at all, he spent numerous hours with my parents explaining things to them so that they knew exactly what was happening and what the plan was to get me well. He possesses both compassion and an intellectual ability to work with his patients and their families and I'm honestly not sure where me or my family would be right now without him.

    • Aditya Seattle, WA 12.03.15

      Dr Symons is the most loving, caring and above all highly technical nephrologist. His explanations, technical analysis, his indepth knowledge have all helped me make better decisions for my child. I would highly recommend Dr Symons for any and all parents with kids requiring any kind of kidney attention

    • Pam Langley, WA 03.18.15

      I am convinced he saved my son's life!

    • Jennifer Olympia, WA 07.09.14

      Dr. Symons has been my son's nephrologist since he was first diagnosed with chronic kidney disease at age 2. That was 10 years ago, and my son is a thriving, healthy, active 12-year-old today who never dreads his twice-yearly visit to Children's. Dr. Symons has a wonderful bedside manner with both kids and parents, and really takes the time to make sure all your questions are answered and that you understand everything. You never feel rushed during appointments and his entire team is just wonderful. We consider them all part of the family!

    • Kim Everett, WA 10.18.12

      Dr. Symons is the most caring, thorough, professional, and supportive physician I have met. He took the time and had the patience to help us understand our son's kidney condition before he was even born. We are grateful for his insight.

    • Amber Bothell, WA 08.25.11

      He has been so patient in going through with us the basics and tune us onto more serious things about Nephrotic Syndrome. He is the guy to go to if it is your first time. He has a the time and patience in the world for you to get through this hard time. The staff is wonderful and very much on quick response. He called me personally to find out how my daughter( who just turned two) is doing. I dont see many doctors do that. It feels human to be connected with such a wonderful caring person.

  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    SEATTLE TOP DOCTOR - 2022 Seattle Magazine 2022
    Seattle Top Doctor - 2019 Seattle Magazine 2019
    SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2015 Seattle Met Magazine 2015
    SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2015 Seattle Magazine 2015
    SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2014 Seattle Magazine 2014
    SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2014 Seattle Metropolitan Magazine 2014
    Seattle's Top Doc Seattle Met Magazine 2013
    Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2013 Seattle Magazine 2013
  • Other Publications

    • Hsu CW, Symons JM
      Acute kidney injury: can we improve prognosis?
      20379746 Pediatric nephrology (Berlin, Germany), 2010 April 9
    • Sutherland SM, Zappitelli M, Alexander SR, Chua AN, Brophy PD, Bunchman TE, Hackbarth R, Somers MJ, Baum M, Symons JM, Flores FX, Benfield M, Askenazi D, Chand D, Fortenberry JD, Mahan JD, McBryde K, Blowey D, Goldstein SL
      Fluid overload and mortality in children receiving continuous renal replacement therapy: the prospective pediatric continuous renal replacement therapy registry.
      20042260 American journal of kidney diseases : the official journal of the National Kidney Foundation, 2010 Feb. : 316-25
    • Symons JM, Picca S
      Acute kidney injury and dialysis in children: illustrative cases.
      18790362 Seminars in nephrology, 2008 Sept. : 431-5
    • Flores FX, Brophy PD, Symons JM, Fortenberry JD, Chua AN, Alexander SR, Mahan JD, Bunchman TE, Blowey D, Somers MJ, Baum M, Hackbarth R, Chand D, McBryde K, Benfield M, Goldstein SL
      Continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) after stem cell transplantation. A report from the prospective pediatric CRRT Registry Group.
      18228045 Pediatric nephrology (Berlin, Germany), 2008 April : 625-30
    • Symons JM, Chua AN, Somers MJ, Baum MA, Bunchman TE, Benfield MR, Brophy PD, Blowey D, Fortenberry JD, Chand D, Flores FX, Hackbarth R, Alexander SR, Mahan J, McBryde KD, Goldstein SL
      Demographic characteristics of pediatric continuous renal replacement therapy: a report of the prospective pediatric continuous renal replacement therapy registry.
      17699489 Clinical journal of the American Society of Nephrology : CJASN, 2007 July : 732-8
    • Brophy PD, Somers MJ, Baum MA, Symons JM, McAfee N, Fortenberry JD, Rogers K, Barnett J, Blowey D, Baker C, Bunchman TE, Goldstein SL
      Multi-centre evaluation of anticoagulation in patients receiving continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT).
      15855212 Nephrology, dialysis, transplantation : official publication of the European Dialysis and Transplant Association - European Renal Association, 2005 July : 1416-21
    • Goldstein SL, Somers MJ, Baum MA, Symons JM, Brophy PD, Blowey D, Bunchman TE, Baker C, Mottes T, McAfee N, Barnett J, Morrison G, Rogers K, Fortenberry JD
      Pediatric patients with multi-organ dysfunction syndrome receiving continuous renal replacement therapy.
      15673313 Kidney international, 2005 Feb. : 653-8
    • Gillespie RS, Symons JM
      Sodium ferric gluconate for post-transplant anemia in pediatric and young adult renal transplant recipients.
      15667610 Pediatric transplantation, 2005 Feb. : 43-6
    • Gillespie RS, Seidel K, Symons JM
      Effect of fluid overload and dose of replacement fluid on survival in hemofiltration.
      15517417 Pediatric nephrology (Berlin, Germany), 2004 Dec. : 1394-9
    • Symons JM
      A nurse-led education and direct access service for the management of urinary tract infections in children: prospective controlled trial.
      15001959 The Journal of pediatrics, 2004 March : 405
    • Finn LS, Symons JM, Smith JM
      Nephrotic syndrome in the newborn.
      14655207 American journal of kidney diseases : the official journal of the National Kidney Foundation, 2003 Dec. : 1318-23
    • Eddy AA, Symons JM
      Nephrotic syndrome in childhood.
      12944064 Lancet, 2003 Aug. 23 : 629-39
    • Symons JM, Brophy PD, Gregory MJ, McAfee N, Somers MJ, Bunchman TE, Goldstein SL
      Continuous renal replacement therapy in children up to 10 kg.
      12722032 American journal of kidney diseases : the official journal of the National Kidney Foundation, 2003 May : 984-9
    • Gillespie RS, Symons JM, McDonald RA
      Peritonitis due to Leuconostoc species in a child receiving peritoneal dialysis.
      12432444 Pediatric nephrology (Berlin, Germany), 2002 Nov. : 966-8


Board Certification(s)

Pediatric Nephrology

Medical/Professional School

Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York, NY


Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL


Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA

Research Focus Area

Translational Research