Services & Specialties
Nephrology and Hypertension

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Expert Care for Your Child’s Kidney Disorder

If your child has a kidney disease or an illness that might be affecting their kidneys, you have come to the right place. We have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating kidney disease and kidney injuries in children.

Our nephrology program is ranked among the best in the nation in the 2023-24 list of Best Children’s Hospitals published by U.S. News & World Report.

Achieving the Best Possible Outcomes for End-Stage Kidney Disease

Building on over 40 years of experience treating children, the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at Cincinnati Children’s pursues the highest quality and reliable care for patients with end-stage kidney disease.

The mission of our team is to work jointly with our patients and their families to achieve the best possible clinical outcomes through reliable, evidence-based medicine, personalized and family-centered care, state-of-the-art research and quality improvement, and seamless transition through all phases of care.

Areas of Emphasis

  • Managing children whose kidney failure is accompanied by severe congenital anomalies and / or bladder dysfunction. Using a team approach to nutrition, growth promotion, and staged surgical repair, the end-stage kidney disease team has successfully rehabilitated a number of children with devastating anomalies.
  • Staged surgical procedures, including bladder augmentation or replacement, creation of a Mitrofanoff neourethra, urinary and bowel incontinence repairs, and nephrectomy.
  • Developing and monitoring clinical guidelines for childhood kidney transplantation.
  • Clinical and quality improvement research to design healthcare delivery systems capable of delivering the highest quality, reliable, evidence-based and personalized care.
  • Providing all modalities of dialysis, including peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis, and hemofiltration for children of all ages including infants.
  • Kidney transplantation for higher risk patients, including very young children, children with complex urologic conditions, children with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, and pre-sensitized patients.

End-Stage Kidney Disease Program Highlights

  • Performed the first pediatric kidney transplant in Ohio, as well as one of the first in the nation.
  • One of the first in the United States to provide comprehensive end-stage kidney disease services for children.
  • Performed the first total urinary tract replacement including creation of a neobladder and neourethra followed by kidney transplant.
  • Performs an average of 21 kidney transplants a year.
  • Provides home peritoneal dialysis.
  • Provides in center hemodialysis.
  • We encourage, provide medical staffing, and assist our patients to attend kidney summer camp annually.

Nephrology and Hypertension Research

Our team of clinician-scientists work to make the study of basic molecular, cellular and biochemical science translate seamlessly into clinical studies and new therapies. Learn more about our research.