• A Global Leader in Helping Children with Kidney Disorders

    More than 9,000 children a year come to Cincinnati Children’s to be treated for the most complex kidney and urinary tract disorders.

    They receive care from a nephrology program that has been rated No. 2 in the country for the past three years, including in the 2015-16 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 and clinical scoring systems that predict kidney injury much sooner than traditional methods, and in many cases prevent it from occurring. 
    • We are one of only a few pediatric hospitals in the United States offering liver dialysis via MARS (Molecular Adsorbent Recirculating System), which adds a new level of blood filtering beyond standard kidney dialysis for patients with liver failure.  
    • Our kidney transplant program was established in 1965 with the first pediatric kidney transplant in Ohio and one of the first in the nation. It is one of      the busiest programs in the nation, with outcomes that exceed national benchmarks.  
    • Our NIH Center of Excellence in Nephrology provides the support our scientists need to conduct groundbreaking research in pediatric kidney diseases. Our faculty receives about $3 million a year in research funding and we publish more than 40 peer-reviewed studies a year. 
    • Our clinical laboratory is a national resource for diagnosing rare kidney disorders. In the past year, we have added several new tests that offer even faster diagnosis of potentially devastating conditions. 
    • Our NIH-funded Fellowship Training Program continues to train three to four leaders each year in academic pediatric nephrology.

    “Our physicians come here to excel 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 2015-16 list of Best Children’s Hospitals, published by U.S. News & World Report.
    Learn more about our nephrology programs.