U.S. News Ranks Our Nephrology Program No. 2 in the Nation

When 2-year-old Logan Wiesman was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease (PKD), his father Dave described the images as looking like bags of marbles. Five years later, one kidney had swelled to the size of a football, a monster inside that Logan called “Voldemort.”

In a remarkable act of generosity, family friend Karly Schmidt, a 23-year-old nursing student, donated one of her kidneys to Logan. The transplant was performed in June 2017.

Now Logan has a future to dream about. “When I grow up, I want to be a scientist to help other people who have PKD.”

Meanwhile after completing her degree, Schmidt joined the nursing staff at Cincinnati Children’s. “I’m so glad that it’s helped him and changed his life. But for me, it was just a couple months,” she says. “I didn’t need my other kidney, so why not give it to him?”

Logan was one of the more than 9,000 children a year who 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, and now is ranked No. 2 in the 2018-19 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 nephrology divisions in the U.S. 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 Stone Center provides multidisciplinary care to more than 650 children with kidney stones each year. In the past three years, our advanced medical management has resulted in a 50 percent reduction in surgeries and a 66 percent reduction in emergency hospital visits for these children.
  • Our clinical laboratory is a national resource for diagnosing rare kidney disorders. We provide several new tests that offer even faster diagnosis of potentially devastating conditions.
  • Our NIH Center of Excellence in Nephrology provides the support our scientists need to conduct groundbreaking research in pediatric kidney diseases.

“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.”