What is nephrology?

Nephrology is a specialty that treats conditions and diseases of the kidneys.

What do pediatric nephrologists treat?

  • Congenital kidney problems
  • Cystic kidney disease
  • Enuresis
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Hematuria (blood in the urine)
  • Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS)
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Kidney failure
  • Kidney stones
  • Nephrotic syndrome
  • Lupus nephritis
  • Proteinuria (protein in the urine)
  • Urinary tract infections

Why choose our pediatric Nephrology Program?

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is home to one of the leading pediatric nephrology programs in the country, ranked No. 11 by U.S. News & World Report. At Children’s, our team of pediatric-trained nephrologists treats children and teens who have a broad range of kidney problems, whether common, complex or rare.

The nephrology team at Children’s includes 12 full-time pediatric nephrologists who have more than 150 years of combined experience. Our pediatric Kidney Transplant Program is the largest in the Southeast and one of the largest in the U.S. Likewise, our pediatric dialysis unit is one of the largest in the country. Our cutting-edge research has led to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for four new treatments for children with kidney disease.

Glomerular Disease Program Designated a Center of Excellence

The glomerular disease program was designated a Center of Excellence by the International Society of Glomerular Disease (ISGD) in recognition of expertise in caring for children with glomerular diseases, fulling a four-part mission of excellence in patient care, education, research, and advocacy.

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Through Children’s Physician Group, our pediatric nephrology practice offers convenient outpatient clinics throughout metro Atlanta and surrounding communities to evaluate, diagnose and treat children with kidney problems.

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

The Mary Boyle Chronic Kidney Disease Clinic is located at Children's Egleston Hospital. At this clinic, we:

  • Treat children who have potential medical complications from chronic kidney disease, such as anemia, bone disease, high blood pressure and poor growth.
  • Prepare children for dialysis and kidney transplant, when necessary.
  • Deliver quality medical care while addressing the psychosocial needs of our patient families.
  • Allow patients to see a full range of our CKD experts during one clinic visit.

Chronic Dialysis Clinic

Our stand-alone pediatric dialysis clinic is one of the largest in the country, and offers hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. A multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, social workers and kidney dietitians work together to provide exceptional care for children who are experiencing kidney failure.

General Nephrology

In our General Nephrology Clinic, we see children with a variety of kidney problems. Some of the most common conditions that we treat include hydronephrosis, kidney stones, recurrent urinary tract infections, blood or protein in the urine, cystic kidney disease, nephrotic syndrome and glomerulonephritis.

Center of Excellence in Glomerular Disease

We care for many children with glomerular diseases including nephrotic syndrome and lupus nephritis. From the moment of diagnosis, we focus on delivering the highest quality care through a multidisciplinary approach to make sure families receive the appropriate education and support, state-of-the-art evaluation, and the evidence-based treatments. We are a part of the National Institutes of Health-sponsored study networks NEPTUNE and CureGN and offer patients the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge medical research.

Pediatric Hypertension

Our multidisciplinary approach to care has made our Hypertension Clinic one of a few of its kind in the Southeast.

This clinic provides comprehensive care to infants, children and teens who have high blood pressure. The team includes pediatric nephrologists, a registered nurse and a nutritionist.

Our Hypertension Clinic offers:

  • Evaluations
  • Consultations
  • Nutritional evaluation and intervention
  • 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring

Kidney Transplant Clinic

Our Kidney Transplant Clinic is one of the largest pediatric kidney transplant programs in the Southeast, providing full pre- and post-transplant services for children who need a kidney transplant. Since our program’s inception in 1980, we have performed more than 740 lifesaving pediatric kidney transplants.

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The first pediatric hospital in the Southeast to offer life-saving dialysis device

Children’s is proud to be one of the first pediatric hospitals nationally to offer Cardio-Renal Pediatric Dialysis Emergency Machine (CARPEDIEM), a ground-breaking dialysis device designed specifically for infants with kidney failure or injury.


Advanced practitioners

  • Brittney Arnold, CPNP
  • Meredith Combs, CPNP
  • Carissa Hayes, CPNP
  • Elizabeth LaHaie, CPNP
  • Melissa Trabold, CPNP
  • Anh Trieu, PA

Chronic kidney disease and pre- and post-kidney transplant clinics are held at the Emory Children’s Center Building, while general nephrology and hypertension clinics are held at our other neighborhood locations.