The Division of Pediatric Nephrology at Children's Mercy provides compassionate, high-quality care to children and teens with kidney and urinary tract disorders. Our commitment to quality care and ongoing research has helped us earn recognition as one of the top 10 nephrology programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
Pediatric Nephrology Providers
Our team offers specialized services ranging from treatment for bed wetting to kidney transplants. Our approach to care is supported by the latest research to ensure every patient experiences the best possible outcome. Along with seven pediatric nephrologists, the team also includes nurses, dietitians, social workers, psychologists, pharmacists, child life specialists and nephrology fellows, all of whom are among the best in their field.
Enhancing Pediatric Kidney Disease Treatment
We are leading the largest pediatric nephrology research study ever conducted in North America. Our pediatric kidney transplant graft survival rates are above the national average. Our dialysis-related infection rates are routinely better than national averages. We provide specialized treatment to support the psycho-social needs of teens and adolescents. Our dialysis services includes one of the only pediatric home hemodialysis programs in the U.S.
Nephrology Research Highlights
Children’s Mercy is one of two clinical coordinating centers for the Chronic Kidney Disease in Children (CKiD) study. Our nephrologists are learning about the relationship between genomic abnormalities and kidney disease. The hope is to determine if underlying genetic abnormalities influence chronic kidney disease or other complicated conditions.
Laurel K. Willig, MD, assistant medical director for the Genome Center, and fellow nephrologists are using genomics to determine how gene variances influence a variety of processes, including RNA, transcription and protein building. The goal of this research is to better understand the genetic causes of kidney disease to provide patients with the best possible treatment.
Other Research Initiatives
We're working to determine factors that contribute to he progression of chronic kidney disease and its impact on growth, cardiovascular disease, and neurocognitive outcomes. Our team is investigating the role of mechanical strain on podocyte biology. Research is underway to investigate the etiology and treatment of children with hypercalciuria and/or kidney stones. Our team is collaborating with the Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine to understand the genetic causes of kidney disease. We're actively involved in the International Pediatric Dialysis Network.