Division Highlights - Nephrology

The Division of Nephrology provides comprehensive care for children with all types of kidney disease.

We offer a complete range of renal replacement therapies for both acute and chronic renal failure, with successful transplantation the ultimate goal for children with kidney failure. We are internationally recognized experts in pediatric renal transplantation and for over 10 years have offered a novel prednisone-free immunosuppression option to our patients.

Research interests include corticosteroid-free maintenance immunosuppression in pediatric kidney transplant patients; pediatric kidney stone risk factors; impaired growth associated with kidney failure; peritonitis and exit site infection rates and quality outcome measures in patients on home dialysis modalities; outcomes research in chronic kidney disease; and epidemiology and prevention of nephrotoxin-associated acute kidney injury.

2015 Highlights

  • Sharon Bartosh, MD, was elected to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN)/United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) 2015 board of directors as its at-large physician/surgeon representative. 
  • Allison Redpath Mahon, MD, MPH, joined a national collaborative of pediatric nephrology programs to implement NINJA (Nephrotoxic Injury Negated by Just in Time Action) at American Family Children’s Hospital. This multidisciplinary effort, which includes pharmacy and quality improvement, has worked to establish a method that uses the electronic medical record to identify patients at risk for acute kidney injury, and develop a protocol for monitoring them.
  • The division welcomed Neil Paloian, MD, a fellowship-trained pediatric nephrologist. In addition to his clinical time in general nephrology, he jointly runs the multidisciplinary Pediatric Kidney Stone Clinic along with colleagues in pediatric urology. 
  • The division joined the Cure GN study, an NIH-funded, multicenter, five-year cohort study of 2,400 adults and children with nephrotic syndrome and other glomerular diseases. The study aims to improve the diagnosis, treatment and outcomes for patients with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, minimal change disease, IgA nephropathy, Henoch Schonlein Purpuric nephritis and Membranous nephropathy.
  • In 2015, U.S. News and World Report ranked American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH) among the top 50 children’s hospitals for pediatric nephrology.


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