• A Global Leader in Helping Children with Kidney Disorders

    Eight-year-old Autumn is one of more than 630 children with kidney stones who were treated last year at Cincinnati Children’s – a three-fold increase compared to 10 years ago.

    Last year, 34 children received a kidney transplant at Cincinnati Children’s – more than any other pediatric center in the country. 

    More than 4,000 children a year are admitted to Cincinnati Children’s to be treated for the most complex kidney and urinary tract disorders. An additional 5,000 children with kidney diseases are treated in our outpatient facilities. They receive care from a nephrology program that’s rated No. 2 in the country in the 2014-15 list of Best Children’s Hospitals, published by U.S. News & World Report.

    “Our vision is to be the global leader in improving the health of children with kidney disease,” says Prasad Devarajan, MD, director, Nephrology and Hypertension at Cincinnati Children’s. “We have one of the busiest clinical programs in the country and we lead all pediatric hospitals in the US in terms of research funding and publications.”

    Why We Stand Out

    • Our Center for Acute Care Nephrology specializes in recognizing and identifying acute kidney injury early – and treating it before it causes irreparable damage. In fact, we have developed tests that detect kidney injury much sooner than traditional methods.
    • Our kidney transplant program began in 1965 with the first pediatric kidney transplant in Ohio and one of the first in the nation. We performed 34 kidney transplants last year, with outcomes that exceed national benchmarks.
    • Our Multidisciplinary Stone Center provided comprehensive care for more than 630 children with kidney stones last year.
    • Our NIH Center of Excellence in Nephrology provided the infrastructure for the performance of ground-breaking research in pediatric kidney diseases.
    • Our NIH-funded Fellowship Training Program continues to train leaders in academic pediatric nephrology.
    • Our commitment to continuous quality improvement has made us the national leaders in standardizing care and improving outcomes for children with acute and chronic kidney diseases.

    “Our physicians come here to participate in clinical care, research, quality improvement and training the next generation of specialists,” Devarajan says. “The depth of this expertise is why many other physicians and families around the world turn to us for second and third opinions.”

  • Nephrology

    Our nephrology program is rated No. 2 in the country in the 2014-15 list of Best Children’s Hospitals, published by U.S. News & World Report.
    Learn more about our nephrology programs.