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Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is among the country’s top pediatric centers for kidney transplants. We’re home to one of the most established, longest-running pediatric kidney transplant programs. Our robust care team includes kidney doctors (nephrologists), transplant surgeons, transplant coordinators, dietitians, social workers and more. The skill and dedication of these experts sets our program apart.
Since 1967, we’ve successfully performed thousands of lifesaving kidney transplants for children. We help your child live life to the fullest.
Our program provides care for a large number of children who need kidney transplants. We’re also among a select few children’s hospitals nationwide with the expertise to perform adult-to-child living donor kidney transplants. Your child benefits from our transplant expertise and exceptional outcomes.
When your family comes to CHLA, your child benefits from:
Your child may need a kidney transplant if they have chronic kidney disease or develop kidney failure, also called end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Your child’s kidneys filter waste products from their blood, maintain healthy fluid levels and control blood pressure. The kidneys are also important for building strong bones and making hormones that help produce red blood cells.
When your child has kidney damage, wastes and fluids can build up in their body, causing life-threatening problems. A treatment called dialysis can do some of the work of the kidneys. But the treatment takes a long time, may have complications and can affect your child’s ability to fully enjoy life. A kidney transplant can help your child avoid or stop dialysis, so they may lead a more typical and longer life. Our kidney experts provide your child with top medical care until a kidney transplant takes place.
Learn more about different types of pediatric kidney transplants.
Our specialized programs, clinics and services bring together leading experts to treat your child. These specialists work as a team to manage your child’s kidney condition. Team members may include pediatric transplant nephrologists (kidney specialists), pediatric transplant surgeons, urologists, nurses, dietitians, social workers and other specialists. We keep your child as healthy as possible until a kidney transplant takes place.
At CHLA, we’ve streamlined our services to make it easier for your family. You can see all the care team members your child needs during one visit. Your child may receive one or more of our dedicated pediatric kidney services.
Children with kidney conditions receive ongoing, personalized care at our Nephrology Clinic. Part of our nationally ranked Nephrology services, the clinic manages your child’s overall health with a focus on kidney care. Children who need kidney transplants receive care at both our Nephrology Clinic and our Kidney Transplant Clinic.
After your child receives a transplant, they get ongoing follow-up care in the Kidney Transplant Clinic. The multidisciplinary clinic team monitors your child’s health and helps them adapt to life with a transplanted organ. Our transplant nurse coordinators support your family throughout your time at CHLA.
The transition to adult care can be challenging. Our clinic offers a special program for older teenage patients who are working or attending college. The program helps prepare them for this transition while they continue to receive care without missing classes or work.
CHLA is a pioneer in pediatric dialysis. This treatment does the work of your child’s kidneys until they get a transplant.
We’ve been providing comprehensive outpatient pediatric dialysis services since 1967. This is the same year we performed our first lifesaving pediatric kidney transplant. Today, ours is among the largest pediatric dialysis services in the country. Treating so many children means our team is more experienced.
Our pediatric dialysis services include:
Learn more about dialysis and kidney failure treatments.
CHLA doctors and clinician-scientists are active in kidney transplant research. At The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, our researchers are seeking new ways to personalize post-transplant medications based on each child’s unique risk of organ rejection.
We’re also active in clinical trials related to pediatric kidney disease, kidney failure and kidney transplants. Children who receive kidney care at CHLA may be able to try promising new therapies that aren’t widely available.
Your child receives coordinated, comprehensive care from experts in various medical specialties. Your child’s care team may include:
Meet our kidney transplant team.
U.S. News & World Report rates CHLA’s pediatric Nephrology services among the best in the country for children with kidney problems. Our kidney experts partner with specialists in our top-rated Urology division to provide complete care for children who need kidney transplants.
U.S. News & World Report also ranks CHLA among the country’s top children’s hospitals and the best in California. You can trust your child’s care to us.
We use advanced tests to evaluate your child and perform all types of pediatric kidney transplants. Learn more about kidney transplant diagnosis and treatments.
The Kidney Transplant Program at CHLA welcomes new patients, referrals and second opinions. Please contact us to make an appointment.