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 consistently been rated among the top three in the country for the past eight years, including a No. 3 ranking in the 2017-18 list of Best Children’s Hospitals, published by U.S. News & World Report.

The program led the landmark study called AWARE (Awareness of Worldwide Acute kidney injury, Renal angina and Epidemiology in children), the largest prospective multinational study ever undertaken in pediatric critical care nephrology. Findings from this study were published this year in the New England Journal of Medicine.

“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 nephrology divisions 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.
  • 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 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 physicians come here to excel in clinical care, research, quality improvement, community service, advocacy 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.”