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The causes of kidney diseases and the impact on body systems are different in children. Treatmentfor these conditions often continues into adulthood, and a pediatric nephrologist understands howthe condition and care affect a child who is still growing.

Division Chief Kanwal K. Kher, MD, MBA, recognized as one of the Washington, DC, area's topphysicians, and the division's pediatric nephrologists, nurses, dieticians, social workers, andsupport staff, comprise a team with the expertise to treat complex renal (kidney) disorders andrelated pediatric conditions, including:

  • Acute glomerulonephritis
  • Acute renal failure
  • Chronic glomerulonephritis
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Congenital kidney disease and malformations
  • Hemolytic uremic syndrome
  • Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP)
  • Hypertension
  • IgA nephropathy
  • Inherited kidney disease
  • Nephritis
  • Obstructive uropathy
  • Polycystic kidney diseases
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Vasculitis

Nationally Recognized for Excellent Care

Our highly skilled team not only achieved the highest number of transplants in 2011, but alsoreceived the Silver Level performance from the Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice in2012. This award recognizes outstanding performances in post-transplant survival rates, transplantrates and mortality rates after being placed on the waitlist. The division's pediatric nephrologistsand specialists perform the initial diagnostic procedures and treatments, arrange and coordinatetransplant services, and help families understand all aspects of follow-up care.

We also provide an essential supportive role for families when longer-term care management isnecessary, including training for home dialysis. The division has a dedicated post-transplantpediatrician, and around the clock physician coverage for children in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)- critical care in a child and family-focused environment.

Dialysis and Therapy Services Exclusively for Children

Children's National has the only stand-alone, pediatric dialysis facility in the region with adedicated dialysis program exclusively for children. One of several designated therapy programsoffered through the division, the environment enables our nurses and physicians to provide care in asetting specifically designed for children.

Other designated therapy programs offered through the division:

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Pediatric specialists at Children’s National work closely to ensure an integrated approach to caring for each child and family.

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