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Pediatric Nephrology

The Division of Pediatric Nephrology at Children's Mercy provides high-quality care to children and teens with kidney and urinary tract disorders. Our commitment to care and our innovative research earned us recognition as one of the 5 best nephrology programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

Our team

Our team provides a full range of nephrology services, from treating bed-wetting to performing kidney transplants. We use the latest research and innovation to ensure that our patients receive not just the best possible outcomes, but also the most compassionate care. In addition to our board-certified pediatric nephrologists, the team also includes nurses, dietitians, social workers, psychologists, pharmacists, child life specialists and nephrology fellows, all of whom specialize in treating the unique needs of children.

Research leading to better outcomes

Because of our commitment to finding new and innovative ways to treat pediatric patients, we consistently achieve some of the best outcomes in the nation. 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. 

Save the Vein

If your child has chronic kidney disease, they can often need frequent IVs which can damage their veins. To help preserve your child’s veins for adulthood, Children’s Mercy has implemented "Save the Vein," which encourages staff to place IVs in your child’s dominant arm when possible.

Your child is a Save the Vein candidate if they have advanced chronic kidney disease, are on dialysis, or are waiting for a kidney transplant. When your child visits the emergency department or is admitted to the hospital, they will be given a pink "Save the Vein" wristband to be worn on their non-dominant arm, which indicates it should not be used for vascular access.

We believe preserving your child’s veins now will help with future treatments and improve their long-term outcome.

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Nephrology Research Highlights

CKiD Study
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. 

Genomic Medicine
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 the 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.

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