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Leonela Villegas, MD, MSCE

Pediatric Nephrologist

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Practice Name Connecticut Children's Specialty Group


BS, University of Connecticut, 2012
MD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, 2016
MSCE, University of Pennsylvania, 2022

Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 2016-2019

Nephrology, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 2019-2022

Board Certifications

  • General Pediatrics, The American Board of Pediatrics
  • Faculty Appointment

    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

    Clinical Expertise

    Leonela Villegas, MD, MSCE, is Pediatric Nephrologist at Connecticut Children’s. Dr. Villegas’ clinical interests include the spectrum of chronic kidney disease from congenital anomalies to renal replacement therapies, kidney transplant, acute kidney injury, and autoimmune conditions. Her research interests include health disparities, equity, and outcomes. In her free time, Dr. Villegas enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and Latin dancing.

    Selected Publications

    • Villegas L, Marsenic O, Baluarte H. Acute Kidney Injury and Chronic Kidney Disease. In: Soeiro RT, Devon EP, editors. Netter’s Pediatrics. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2022, p. 625-633

    • Villegas L, Amaral S. Patient Reported Outcomes in Chronic Kidney Disease. Seminars in Nephrology. 2021; 41(5):  476-484, doi: 10.1016/j.semnephrol.2021.09.010

    • Vasan A, Krass P, Seifu L, Hitt, T, Ijaz N, Villegas L, Pallegedara K, Pandurangi S, Congdon M, Rezet B, Kenyon C. Pediatric provider perspectives and practices regarding health policy discussions with families: a mixed methods study. BMC Pediatrics. 2020; 20 (343) doi: 10.1186/s12887-020-02238-y

    • Villegas L, Cahill AM, Meyers K. Pediatric Renovascular Hypertension (RVHTN): Manifestations and Management. Indian Pediatrics. 2020; 57(5): 443-451 doi: 10.1007/s13312-020-1820-z

    • Reese T, Villegas L, Woods JB, Gotte AC. A 21-Month-Old Boy With Refusal to Walk, Rash, and Weight Loss. Arthritis Care & Research. 2017 Feb; 69 (2): 286-293 doi: 10.1002/acr.22792

    • Villegas L, Otero L, Sterling TR, Huaman MA, Van der Stuyft P, Gotuzzo E, et al. Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Treatment Outcomes of Isoniazid- and Rifampicin- Mono-Resistant Pulmonary Tuberculosis in Lima, Peru. PLoS ONE. 2016 Apr 5;11(4): 1-11 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0152933

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