A multidisciplinary approach to care
Our team includes physicians, pediatric nephrology fellows, certified nurse practitioners, nurses, renal transplant coordinators, social workers, a psychologist, a pharmacist, registered dieticians and other professionals who coordinate your child’s care and work closely with you to ensure the very best outcomes for your child. As part of one of the top-ranked and largest children's hospitals in the nation, the division offers direct access to pediatric experts across every specialty your child might need. We also work with your family pediatrician and other specialty care physicians to support your child and ensure continuity of care.
Expertise in kidney disease
Our team is committed to advancing understanding of kidney disease and bringing breakthroughs in care to patients. Five faculty members (Drs. Ulf Beier, Benjamin Laskin, Michelle Denburg, Sandra Amaral, and Erum Hartung) currently have or recently completed National Institutes of Health career development awards, and two have successfully transitioned to independent NIH Research Project Grant Program funding. The division currently has $31.9 million in total research funding. In the current year, this includes $9.6 million in total research funding. In FY 2017, the Division of Nephrology published 78 manuscripts among 10 faculty. In FY 2018, the Division of Nephrology published an additional 77 manuscripts among 12 faculty. Several of these papers appeared in high impact journals, including Blood, Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Cell Metabolism, and The New England Journal of Medicine. Our Division’s work has garnered national attention and was even featured in The New York Times.
A diagnosis can be stressful for a child or adolescent. Our division has dedicated psychologists and social workers on staff to provide your child with the emotional and social support they need to thrive.
A child’s illness can impact the entire family. Our staff members are skilled and compassionate, providing support to caregivers and siblings of children with kidney disorders. To help answer your questions about how to care for your child, we offer:
- Registered dieticians to teach you how best to meet your child’s nutritional needs
- Support groups for families and patients
- A weeklong renal diet cooking camp
- Care at six locations around the region, including our Main Campus in Philadelphia
- MyCHOP, a patient portal for families to schedule visits, access records, see test results, ask your doctor questions, and more
- Help with insurance and billing issues