In this interview, kidney health expert Matthew Hand, DO, describes how an integrative approach can help improve outcomes and quality of life for patients with kidney disease. Hand is the section chief for pediatric nephrology at Children's Hospital at Dartmouth. He provides practical clinical advice on how best to support patients who have kidney disease or those who are at high risk.
Matthew Hand, DO, is the section chief for pediatric nephrology at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth. He graduated from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1989 and did his pediatric residency and chief residency at Maine Medical Center. Hand then completed his fellowship in pediatric nephrology at Children’s Hospital in Boston. Subsequently, he developed the pediatric nephrology division at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center. In 2008 he graduated from Andrew Weil’s fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona and created the pediatric integrative medicine division at Maine Medical Center. In 2011, Hand was hired by New Hampshire’s Hospital for Children at the Elliot Hospital to develop the pediatric nephrology division and to create a children’s hospital with integrative medicine as its cornerstone. He has been featured in a number of international television shows including 20/20, the Discovery Channel and the Oprah Winfrey Show.