Whether your child has a common kidney (renal) condition or something more complex, Children's National's nationally-recognized Division of Nephrology has the expertise, experience, and knowledge to provide the best possible care and support.
The causes of kidney diseases and the impact on body systems are different in children. Treatment for these conditions often continues into adulthood, and a pediatric nephrologist understands how the condition and care affect a child who is still growing.
The division's pediatric nephrologists, nurses, dieticians, social workers, and support staff, comprise a team with the expertise to treat complex renal (kidney) disorders and related pediatric conditions, including:
Our highly skilled team not only achieved the highest number of transplants in 2011, but also received the Silver Level performance from the Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice in 2012. This award recognizes outstanding performances in post-transplant survival rates, transplant rates and mortality rates after being placed on the waitlist. The division's pediatric nephrologists and specialists perform the initial diagnostic procedures and treatments, arrange and coordinate transplant 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 is necessary, including training for home dialysis. The division has a dedicated post-transplant pediatrician, and around the clock physician coverage for children in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)- critical care in a child and family-focused environment.
Children's National has the only stand-alone, pediatric dialysis facility in the region with a dedicated dialysis program exclusively for children. One of several designated therapy programs offered through the division, the environment enables our nurses and physicians to provide care in a setting specifically designed for children.
Other designated therapy programs offered through the division:
"We are hopeful and taking it day by day, which appears to be the best way. We have friends who have a child with a brain tumor and are thankful this is all poor Sean has to deal with."
Interim Chief, Nephrology
Sun Young Ahn
Lisa Guay Woodford
Children’s National is one of just 4 pediatric hospitals ranked in the top 20 in every specialty in the U.S. News and World Report 2016-17 Best Children’s Hospital Survey.
We provide a healthcare experience designed with kids in mind, and delivers confidence and assurance when parents need it most.
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