Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program

Recognized leader in pediatric kidney transplantation

Patient with stuffed animalThe Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Kidney Program was established in 1980. As part of the comprehensive renal services at Children's, our program is a recognized leader in kidney transplantation

Children's is nationally known for excellence in patient care partnered with advanced medical research.

For more than 30 years, the Children's Kidney Transplant Program has been a pioneer in pediatric kidney transplantation. 

Our rich history and dedication further our mission to enhance the lives of children, today and in the future.

  • Transplant Process

      A kidney transplant provides your child with a healthy kidney from a donor. The donor is a person who gives your child a kidney. There are two types of kidney transplants, a deceased donor and living donor. Read more.

      - A deceased donor transplant provides your child with a kidney from a person who has recently died. To receive a deceased donor kidney, you child is placed on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) list.

      - A living donor is a person who volunteers to give your child one of his kidneys. The donor’s remaining kidney works well enough for him to have a normal quality of life. Your child’s new kidney takes over the work of two failed kidneys.

  • Care Team

      Our multidisciplinary team includes pediatric nephrologists, transplant surgeons, pediatric anesthesiologists, researchers, advance practice providers, transplant coordinators, nurses, transplant pharmacist, nutritionists and family support team members.

      This works together to help ensure that our patients receive specialized care pre- and post-transplant in a place designed just for them. 

  • Family Support

      Having a child undergo a kidney transplant can be an overwhelming, life-changing event for the entire family. 

      We offer a variety of special programs designed to involve the entire family, including the Adolescent Kidney Transplant Clinic and kidney transplant support groups

      These programs and events help families make connections with other families whose children have had a transplant or are waiting for a transplant.

      Additionally, we provide our patient families with our Kidney Transplant Patient Family Handbook. This handbook provides important educational information about the entire kidney transplant process. 

  • Research

      In conjunction with Emory University School of Medicine, we are committed to excellence and innovation in pediatric kidney transplant research.

      To remain at the forefront of pediatric kidney transplant research, we collaborate with other centers across the country and around the world to further our research efforts.


    Kidney Transplant Volumes & OutcomesWe are one of the largest pediatric kidney transplant centers in the country, consistently ranking among the top pediatric programs in the U.S. 

    Additionally, we have kidney transplant and graft survival rates that are better than the national average and some of the shortest wait times in the country.

    Read more about our results.


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This video guides you through the kidney transplant process, from deciding whether transplantation is right for your child to meeting Children's team of expert pediatric transplant surgeons and caregivers.