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.
Division Chief Kanwal K. Kher, MD, MBA, recognized as one of the Washington, DC, area's top
physicians, and 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 love going to Children's National. The first visit was very hard since we found out about the diagnosis, but after that we have only had good visits. My daughter loves going there."
Sun Young Ahn
Lisa Guay Woodford
Division Chief, Nephrology
Over the last 20 years, Children’s National Health System has received continued national and international recognition as well as steady grant support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for its successful fight against HIV-associated renal diseases in children.
We provide a healthcare experience designed with kids in mind, and delivers confidence and assurance when parents need it most.
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Our providers represent medical and surgical specialties, family practice, and general pediatrics.
Pediatric specialists at Children’s National work closely to ensure an integrated approach to caring for each child and family.
We value the network of referring physicians and staff and offers resources for medical education and referring patients.
Children’s National Health System provides suggested treatments to compliment top-notch medical education and experience.