Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is ranked among the top hospitals in the nation for
Nephrology care on the U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospitals List. For
over four decades, the Division of Nephrology has been a pioneer in providing expert,
specialized care for children suffering from a wide range of kidney diseases.
The Division is pioneering new tools, treatments and lifestyle changing clinic programs.
It is at the forefront of regional, national and international efforts to bring about healthier
lives for children.
Five board certified pediatric nephrologists (with collectively over 100 years of
experience) treat infants, children and adolescents with a wide variety of kidney
disorders including acute renal failure, end stage renal disease, hypertension, nephrotic
syndrome, hematuria, urinary tract infections and other acquired diseases and injuries.
The Division of Nephrology began in 1967 and became the first group on the West
Coast and one of the first nationally to provide comprehensive dialysis and kidney
transplant services to children.
At the present time, over 70 patients are undergoing chronic dialysis care making the
dialysis program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles one of the two largest in the United
States. Additionally, on average 25 patients a year receive kidney transplants. Over
150 children who have received transplants are currently being followed by members of
the Division. Both the short and long term success rates (patient and graft survival) are
among the best in the United States.
The Division provides comprehensive care to children with chronic kidney disease.
There is a team approach including physicians, nurses, social workers, and dietitians,
all of whom are skilled in various aspects of the care of children with kidney disease.
Physician members of the Division are engaged in wide range of research projects
including the use of novel immunosuppression for kidney transplants, dealing with the
problem of non-compliance with medication necessary to prevent transplant rejection,
and transition of adolescents to the adult healthcare system.
Other research includes utilization of newer medications to prevent complications
related to dialysis and chronic kidney failure.
The Division prides itself on being rapidly responsive to requests from community
physicians to assist them in the care of their patients.