About Cincinnati Children's

  • A Global Leader in Helping Children with Kidney Disorders and Injuries

    Tyler.Tyler Scheid knew since he was in junior high that he might someday need a kidney transplant, but was able to wait until he was in college to have the surgery, thanks to medical management from Cincinnati Children’s.

    When Jack Lennon was 7 years old, he received a kidney from his dad. Several years later, he got a second transplant, with the kidney donated by his mom. He now works as operations coordinator for our kidney transplant program.

    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 2013-14 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, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at Cincinnati Children’s. “We have one of the busiest kidney transplant 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 a test that detects 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 have performed more than 500 transplants since.
    • We operate one of the largest pediatric dialysis programs in the country, including education and support for families providing dialysis at home.
    • 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 2013-14 list of Best Children’s Hospitals, published by U.S. News & World Report.
    Learn more about our nephrology programs.