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.

2016 Highlights

  • Sharon M. Bartosh, MD, organized and chaired a multidisciplinary Consensus Conference on Transition of Solid Organ Transplant Patients, co-sponsored by the American Society of Transplantation (AST) and Genentech.  Products from this conference, including transition readiness assessment tools, will be available for general use from the Patient Transition Portal of the AST website in spring 2017.

    Dr. Bartosh also gave an invited presentation on the significance of APOL genotyping in renal failure and transplantation at the annual Pediatric Academic Society meeting.

  • Neil Paloian, MD, became director of the American Family Children’s Hospital Pediatric Metabolic Bone Disease clinic, a multi-disciplinary regional referral clinic for children with genetic or acquired disorders of bone mineralization. He relocated the clinic to AFCH to better facilitate lab testing and imaging studies. 

  • As a result of our participation in the SCOPE Collaborative, Allison Redpath Mahon, MD, presented “ Implementation of Standardized Practice Care Bundles for Insertion of Peritoneal Dialysis Catheters in Children: Impact on Peritoneal Dialysis Related Infections in the Post-Op Period” at the 17th International Pediatric Nephrology Association Congress in Iguacu, Brazil, and at the Annual Dialysis Conference in Seattle. 

  • The division welcomed Michael Semanik, MS, MD, as a fellowship-trained pediatric nephrologist. In addition to his clinical nephrology duties, Dr. Semanik is a physician informaticist for UW Health, working to improve research databases for acute kidney injury, glomerulonephritis and renal transplant.

  • Kim Squires, NP, was on the planning committee of the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology’s 4th Annual Multidisciplinary Symposium. 

  • The pediatric kidney transplant program had a busy year in 2016, performing eight pediatric kidney transplants (seven living donor, one deceased donor) and continuing to offer a corticosteroid-free immunosuppression option. 

  • The University of Wisconsin is one of the highest enrollers in the multicenter, National Institutes of Health-sponsored Cure GN study, a collaborative study to determine the origins and outcomes of four of the major glomerular diseases in adults and children: minimal change disease, FSGS, membranous nephropathy and IgA/HSP. 

  • In 2016, 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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