Nephrology :: Nationwide Children's Hospital


The Nephrology Clinic at Nationwide Children’s gives comprehensive treatment to children and adolescents with kidney and urinary tract problems. Among the conditions addressed are kidney failure, developmental abnormalities of the kidneys, urinary tract infections, kidney stones, nephrotic syndromehigh blood pressuremetabolic bone disease and inflammatory diseases of the kidneys such as glomerulonephritis.

Dialysis Services

Nationwide Children’s has a pediatric-specific dialysis unit on-site to provide acute and chronic dialysis therapy for children with severe kidney failure. Hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and continuous renal replacement therapy are available depending on the patient’s need. All chronic dialysis patients are taken care of by a multidisciplinary team including a primary nephrologist, primary dialysis nurse, pediatric surgeon, pediatric interventional radiologist, dietitian, social worker, psychologist, teacher and massage therapist.

Kidney Transplant Program

For pediatric patients with end-stage kidney disease, Nationwide Children’s offers a complete transplant program with individualized care throughout the transplant process. The program team consists of nephrologists, transplant surgeons, transplant nurses, dietitians, a social worker, living donor advocates and pharmacists who provide consistent patient support with a familiar group of caregivers. The transplant nurse coordinator and social worker help families navigate a sometimes complex health care system and connect them with resources if needed.

Nephrology Clinics

Nephrology Clinic
Outpatient Care Center, 5th Floor
555 S. 18th Street
Columbus, OH 43205
(614) 722-4360
FAX (614) 722-6482

Dialysis Services
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
700 Children’s Drive
Columbus, OH 43205
(614) 722-4850
FAX (614) 722-4858
Mon. – Fri. 7 am – 3:30 pm
For emergencies, please contact the Hospital Operator at (614) 722-2000 and ask for the Dialysis Services on call.

Metabolic Bone Clinic
Outpatient Care Center
5th Floor, Suite B
555 S. 18th Street
Columbus, OH 43205
(614) 722-4360
(614) 722-6842
8 am – 4 pm
Information needed: Patient’s age, date of birth, and chronic medical condition(s); bone density or DEXA scan report (if done)

Nephrology Outreach and Support Services

Outreach and support services include:

  • Renal Basic Science Research Laboratory
  • Renal development
  • Clinical research
  • Hypertension
  • Pediatric renal transplantation
  • Kidney stones
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Pediatric renal dietician, clinical nutrition support
  • Dedicated renal social worker and psychologist
  • Homecare

The Midwest Pediatric Nephrology Consortium 

The Midwest Pediatric Nephrology Consorium (MWPNC) was formed in 2004 to develop and execute multi-center clinical and translational studies related to pediatric kidney diseases. The MWPNC is comprised of 30 pediatric nephrology programs primarily from the Midwest and Ontario that meets every six months to accomplish its work. The MWPNC has published 11 peer-reviewed manuscripts and conducted 11 funded research projects. Through these efforts, the MWPNC is re-making the way that pediatric nephrologists improve patient care through clinical research. John D. Mahan, MD, and William E. Smoyer, MD, are two of the founders and serve on the MWPNC Steering Committee.

Kidney Function Videos          

Our videos explain how functioning kidneys work and outcomes for non-functioning kidneys.
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contact info

Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43205
Phone: (614) 722-4360
Dialysis Services: (614) 722-4850
Fax: (614) 722-6482

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Hiren P. Patel, MD

Hiren P. Patel, MD
Chief, Nephrology

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S.C.O.P.E. Collaborative

Through the S.C.O.P.E. Collaborative, Nationwide Children’s is reducing infection rates and hospitalization among dialysis patients. Listen in as Dr. Hiren Patel discusses end stage renal disease, more commonly referred to as severe kidney failure.

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US News and World Report

Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a best children’s hospital in 2016.

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The Nephrology and Urology Research Affinity Group

The Nephrology and Urology Research Affinity Group

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Fast Facts

July 2014 – June 2015

Inpatient Discharges: 225
Observation and Outpatient-in-a-Bed Discharges: 90
Total Discharges: 315
Average Length of Stay*: 5.2
Average Daily Census*: 3.2
Patient Days*: 1,169
Nephrology Clinic Visits: 2,522
Dublin Nephrology Clinic Visits: 105
Bone Clinic Visits: 170
Kidney Transplants: 4

*Excludes observation and outpatient-in-a-bed patients.

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Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000