Kidney Disorders (Nephrology)

The Pediatric Nephrology and Hypertension Program provides patient care to infants, children and adolescents with acute and chronic kidney disorders and hypertension. Our multidisciplinary team includes board-certified physicians and nurses certified and experienced in pediatric dialysis. They work closely with other physicians to coordinate treatment plans and monitor all aspects of a child's health.

Call us to make an appointment: 954-265-9344.

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How We Offer Care

Dialysis Center

Dialysis is a life-sustaining procedure that requires a team approach and the participation of both the medical team and the patient's family. At our pediatric-only dialysis center, patients are monitored for adequacy of treatments, nutrition, bone health, anemia and growth. Most importantly, they are referred for transplantation very early. We also provide the service of pediatric dialysis social workers and child life specialists who, in addition to helping the children integrate into school, are instrumental in the psychological well being of both patients and their families.

We also offer pediatric dialysis on-site as well as training for home dialysis, if needed. Here, we support a patient- and family-centered care philosophy and encourage information sharing and collaboration between families and staff.

Emotional Support and Child-friendly Environment

Living with kidney disease can be very challenging. Both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis are time-consuming and bring change to activities, diet and other aspects of daily life.

In addition to medical services, the Pediatric Nephrology and Hypertension Program provides essential emotional support. A child-friendly environment, including televisions, games and other activities, help keep young patients entertained during lengthy dialysis treatment. In addition, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital has an available Broward County Public Schools teacher to assist children who have had extended school absences.

Experienced Team Provides Compassionate Care

The extraordinary physicians at the Pediatric Nephrology and Hypertension Program at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital have many years of experience diagnosing and treating pediatric kidney disorders including pediatric kidney diseases, hypertension, and metabolic bone disorders. Our physicians, working with our experienced nurses and support professionals, are fully committed to meeting the medical and emotional needs of our patients. What's more, this outstanding care is administered, with compassion, in a child-friendly environment.

Recognizing the Role of the Family

At Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, we recognize that the family is not only the strongest foundation in a child's life, but also a great influence over their health and well-being. We believe strongly that our patient- and family-centered care philosophy best serves the needs of our patients and their families and helps make their voices heard.

If you would like more information about the Division of Pediatric Nephrology and Hypertension, please call 954-265-9344.

Conditions We Treat

  • Edema
  • Electrolyte abnormalities
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Hematuria
  • Hydronephrosis
  • Hypercalciuria
  • Hypernatremia
  • Hyperpotassemia (also called hyperkalemia)
  • Hypertension
  • Hyponatremia
  • Hypopotassemia (also called hypokalemia)
  • Kidney stones
  • Kidney transplant
  • Lupus
  • Metabolic bone disease and mineral metabolism (abnormalities in bone formation, and disorders of Calcium and Phosphorus balance)
  • Nephritis (various forms)
  • Nephrotic syndrome
  • Proteinuria
  • Renal failure or renal insufficiency (also known as kidney insufficiency)
  • Voiding problems, i.e., difficulties with urination, such as urinary incontinence (in conjunction with our pediatric urology colleagues)

Our Services

  • Percutaneous renal biopsy
  • Inpatient and outpatient dialysis (hemodialysis), or training for overnight at-home dialysis (peritoneal dialysis)
  • Continuous Veno-Venous Hemofiltration (CVVH)
  • Continuous Veno-Venous Hemofiltration with Dialysis (CVVHD)
  • Coordinated treatment plans that include your child's pediatrician, as well as pediatric endocrinologists, pediatric urologists, child life specialists, social workers, dietitians and other medical professionals
  • Monitoring and evaluation of your child's overall health, growth and development
  • Initial testing, preparation and referrals for kidney transplantation, along with postsurgical follow-up
  • Referrals to a variety of community resources that can expand your knowledge of kidney disease and assist you in managing it