Pediatric Kidney Services (Nephrology)

University Hospitals Provides Expert Kidney Care for Children

The Division of Pediatric Nephrology at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital specializes in children’s kidney disease. Our physicians, nurses and other experts work to diagnose, treat and manage kidney problems.

They routinely consult with specialists in urology, genetics and other fields. Through this collaborative approach, the team develops individualized treatment plans that meet each child’s unique needs.

Our program is among the best in the nation for treating pediatric renal disease. It is consistently listed at the top of rankings published by U.S.News & World Report.

Comprehensive Care for Children with Kidney Problems

Critical to the health of the human body, the kidneys perform multiple functions. They produce urine, which removes waste products and extra water from the body. The urine flows from the kidneys down narrow tubes called ureters to the bladder, where it is stored until it is expelled. In addition to removing waste, kidneys also regulate a variety of compounds, salts and other minerals in the blood.

In children, kidney problems arise when:

  • Kidneys were not properly formed during pregnancy
  • Blockages occur, which slow or stop the flow of blood or urine
  • Genetic problems cause the kidneys to improperly process blood or urine
  • Other diseases, such as lupus, cause inflammation of the kidneys
  • Medication, poison or other ingested substances cause damage

Our team is led by pediatric nephrologists who have advanced training in managing kidney problems in children. They are also experienced in treating complex cases, including rare genetic disorders and kidney failure requiring dialysis or kidney transplantation.

The team is experienced in treating children of all ages, from birth through adolescence. UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital brings significant advantages to families in need of kidney care, including:

  • Experience: Our nephrologists and other specialists manage hundreds of demanding cases each year. Their extensive experience translates into knowledge and enhanced effectiveness of care.
  • Specialized training: Our nephrologists have completed fellowship training, which means they have received additional medical education specific to children’s kidney disorders following medical school and pediatric residency. UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine offer the only pediatric nephrology fellowship training program in Northeast Ohio.
  • Research: The division is actively involved in significant, nationally funded pediatric nephrology research.
  • Comprehensive services: In addition to physicians, the team includes pediatric nephrology nurses, dietitians, social workers, financial counselors, behavioral health experts and child life specialists. They provide supportive services to meet the nonmedical needs of children and their families.

Our pediatric experts employ sophisticated technology and techniques to improve health and save lives in the following areas, from the most common to the least common:

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