Cincinnati Children’s Ranked No. 3 Nephrology Program in U.S.

When your child has a kidney disorder, needs a kidney transplant or is managing high blood pressure, you want an experienced team to find answers.

At Cincinnati Children’s, that’s exactly what we do. Our scientists, clinicians, nurses and specialists come together to help your child feel healthy and strong. 

We lead research to develop more effective treatments. 

We offer proven care that helps your child feel better – care that’s often not available anywhere else.

We develop education and resources to help your child and family feel confident and comfortable with therapy – and are always available to answer your questions and address your concerns. 

Breaking Down Barriers for Kidney Transplant

Facing a kidney transplant can be an emotional and overwhelming time. From finding a donor to becoming an empowered participant in the transplant process, our team is committed to working closely with your child and you. 

We’ve developed resources that make it easier to access the care your child needs:

  • Our Clinical Concierge Services team has helped reduced the waiting time during the referral and review process for kidney transplants, from 150 days to 60 days.
  • We were one of the first children’s hospitals to participate in the paired kidney exchange with the National Kidney Registry, which opens up donor opportunities and creates shorter wait times.
  • Team Kidney, our approach to outpatient care for children with kidney transplants, has improved access, care and overall satisfaction among patients we see. The team includes pediatric nephrologists, kidney transplant coordinators, a pharmacist who specializes in kidney transplants, a dedicated psychologist, social worker and dietician to offer comprehensive care for our children and families.
  • The Big Ask, The Big Give, a free workshop launched in partnership with the National Kidney Foundation, provides children awaiting transplant and their families with effective strategies to find and ask potential donors. Since the event, we have seen a dramatic increase in interested living donors.
  • The Improving Renal Outcomes Collaborative (IROC), a multicenter learning network spear-headed by our Transplant Team, now includes 32 centers that meet in Cincinnati every six to 12 months to learn and share better ways to take care of children with a kidney transplant.
  • Our kidney transplant program has collaborated in multiple National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded studies, including one to help predict Post-Transplant Lymphoproliferative Disorder and VIRTUUS to help predict acute cellular rejection.
  • Efforts to help children and families follow treatment plans after transplant have led to a 50 percent reduction in rejection rates – from 20 rejections per 100 transplants to 9 rejections out of 100 transplants.

Advancing Care, Together

We’re honored to be ranked as the No. 3 nephrology program in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Children and their families have access to research, therapies and partnerships that are improving care:

  • We are one of three National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Centers of Excellence in Nephrology, which supports, encourages and funds breakthrough research to improve outcomes for children.
  • Research, made available through a grant from the NIH, has looked at how to prevent kidney fibrosis, which can cause chronic kidney disease (CKD) to worsen. The study showed promising results, including decreased damage to kidneys. 
  • Our partnership with the bone marrow transplant team has helped reduce the risk of kidney injury for children and improved outcomes.
  • Our partnership with Urology in the Stone Center has reduced the number of patients needing surgical procedures from 40 to 18 percent, and the number of visits to the Emergency Department per patient per year from 1.5 to 0.5.
  • The new Onco-Nephrology Clinic addresses the unmet needs of cancer patients and survivors to help protect their kidney health.
  • The Center for Acute Care Nephrology uses data in the electronic health record to automatically predict if children in our hospital are at risk of losing kidney function so we can intervene early.  
  • The Nephrology Clinical Laboratory performs highly specialized testing in blood and urine samples from all over the world for the diagnosis of several kidney diseases.