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Richard N. Hellman, MD - Nephrology

Richard N. Hellman, MD

IU Health


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  • Biography
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Rick Hellman is a senior clinical Nephrologist with a broad base in clinical Nephrology and specific interests in acute kidney injury, contrast nephropathy, hypertension, fluid and electrolyte disorders particularly disorders of Potassium metabolism, anemia in CKD, CKD management, infection in patients with renal disease, hemodialysis of toxins and poisons and glomerulonephritis with a particular interest in IgA nephropathy. At present he is involved in clinical teaching and mentoring of medical students, Residents and Renal Fellows as a consultant in nephrology at IU Health Physicians. While at Indiana University he has had a major interest in ESRD care as it relates to the inner city patient populations and presently has an interest in health care and public policy as it relates to renal disease. He was prior medical director at DCI Indianapolis, a large inner-city dialysis unit, and medical director of the hypertension clinic at IU Health University Hospital and IU Health Physicians.

Dr. Hellman received a BA in Economics from Roosevelt University and an MD degree from the Baylor College of Medicine. He did his internship in internal medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine and Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas San Antonio and a Fellowship in Nephrology at Washington University Barnes Hospital. After completion of his Fellowship in Nephrology, he was a consultant in Nephrology at the Duluth Clinic, subsequently Essentia Health and Associate Clinical Professor of Nephrology and Adjunct Professor of Physiology at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. After 20 years in private practice, he returned to clinical academic medicine at Indiana University to devote more time to clinical teaching and research.

Dr. Hellman is a member of the ASN, ACP, NKF, NKFI, and prior member of the Mayo Nephrology Collaborative group, a member of the Contrast Media Workgroup Indianapolis Coalition for Patient Safety (CPS), Inc. Contrast Media Workshop. Over the course of his career he has received several medical teaching awards including The Minnesota Medical Foundation Clinical teacher of the year, 1999 Laureate Award, American College of Physicians, Minnesota Chapter, Indiana University Department of Medicine Stellar Teacher in Student Education and the Indiana University Renal Fellowship Clinical Teacher of the Year Award which has been named in his honor. He has been cited as Best Doctors in Indiana.

Specialties & Details



Conditions & Treatments:

Acute Renal Failure, Chronic Kidney Disease, Fluids & Electrolytes, Glumerulonephitis, Hypertension, Renal Stones


School of Medicine:

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX


Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Program


University of Texas, San Antonio, TX


Washington University, Barnes Hospital, St Louis, MO

Hospitals & Affiliations

Hospital Privileges:

IU Health Methodist/IU Health University

Physician Group:

IU Health Physicians


Research Publications
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