Nephrology :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

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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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Preventing Urinary Tract Infections in Babies and Kids
David Hains, MD, discusses research on causes of kidney disease associated with chronic reflux.
Megabladder Mouse Model of Congenital Obstructive Nephropathy

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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The Nephrology and Urology Research Affinity Group

The Nephrology and Urology Research Affinity Group

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Fast Facts

July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013

Total Discharges: 291
Inpatient Discharges: 210
Observation and Outpatient-in-a-Bed Discharges: 81
Total Patient Days*: 745
Average Length of Stay*: 4.5
Average Daily Census*: 2.6
Nephrology Clinic Visits: 3,046
Kidney Transplants: 9

*Excludes Observation and Outpatient-in-a-Bed Cases.

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U.S.News & World Report's Best Children's Hospitals 2012-13, NephrologyU.S.News & World Report's Best Children's Hospitals 2013-14

We are proud to announce that Nationwide Children's Hospital ranks 10th in the specialty ranking of Nephrology in this year's U.S. News & World Report’s 2013-14 Best Children’s Hospitals Rankings report.

Our specialists offer comprehensive programs to care for children and adolescents with kidney and urinary tract problems such as kidney failure, developmental abnormalities of the kidneys, urinary tract infections, kidney stones, inflammatory diseases of the kidneys such as glomerulonephritis, nephrotic syndrome, high blood pressure and metabolic bone disease. We provide all form of dialysis for children with acute and chronic kidney failure. Our kidney transplant program serves children and adolescents. Our support services include a pediatric renal dietitian, a dedicated renal social worker and psychologist.

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

Nephrology Department Highlights

2 Lead Investigators Receive a 3 Year $1.5 Million NIH RC4 Grant

Congratulations to project's lead investigators, David Hains and Andrew Schwaderer for receiving a 3 year $1.5 Million NIH RC4 grant. This grant will focus on researching genetic variations in patients with vesicoureteral reflux specifically trying to find a genetic cause of urinary tract infection risk and kidney scarring.

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.

Nephrology Fellowship Combats Nationwide Shortage  

The Section of Nephrology is helping combat the nationwide shortage of pediatric nephrologists with five fellows currently in the training program and a successful matched fellow to start in 2010. All fellows are actively involved in clinical and basic science research and several already have presented at national research meetings.

Kidney Function Videos          

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