Pediatric Nephrology

Nephrology is the scientific study of the kidneys, particularly their functions and diseases, and a nephrologist is a physician who specializes in the kidneys. The kidneys remove waste from the body (via urine), filter toxins from the blood and help regulate the concentration of certain elements in the blood. Children whose kidneys have become seriously impaired require immediate and specialized medical care.

Pediatric Nephrology Services at Cedars-Sinai offers comprehensive medical services for children with kidney diseases and disorders, from newborns up to 21 years old. Cedars-Sinai is an approved California Children's Services renal center, providing complete diagnostic and treatment services for the full range of kidney conditions, including:
 

  • Acute renal failure
  • Blood or protein in the urine
  • Diabetic kidney disease
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Hemolytic uremic syndrome
  • Hydronephrosis
  • Hypertension
  • Kidney failure
  • Kidney stones
  • Nephrotic syndrome
  • Neurogenic bladder
  • Pediatric kidney transplants
  • Polycystic kidney diseases
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections
  • Renal dysplasia
  • Renal tubular acidosis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Vesicoureteral reflux

Diagnosis

An accurate and speedy diagnosis is critical to developing an effective treatment plan for patients with life-threatening nephrologic conditions. Pediatric Nephrology Services at Cedars-Sinai offers comprehensive testing and evaluation of the kidneys to definitively diagnosis any problems, as well as to determine the cause. Pediatric Nephrology Services also provides prenatal evaluation and counseling for families whose unborn children are identified with kidney disease. Available testing includes:

  • Biopsy
  • Blood tests
  • CT imaging of the urinary system
  • MR imaging of the urinary system
  • Nuclear renal scan
  • Ultrasound
  • Urine analysis

Treatment

Pediatric Nephrology Services provides the most advanced treatments available for children with nephrologic conditions. Because hospitals can be a frightening place for children, services are delivered within state-of-the-art facilities designed for patient and family comfort, helping to relieve some of the stress of undergoing treatment. Pediatric Nephrology Services also works in partnership with Cedars-Sinai's Pediatric Urology Services to offer complete care for children who have complex urologic problems. In addition, Pediatric Nephrology Services works closely with community agencies to ensure that patients receive the developmental, nutritional, educational and other resources they need. Available treatments include:

  • Dialysis
  • Drug therapy
  • Management of kidney transplant patients
  • Nutritional therapy
  • Psychosocial support

A Team of Specialists

The team of specialists at Cedars-Sinai's Pediatric Nephrology Services includes highly skilled experts in the field of pediatric nephrology. This experienced team collaborates with Cedars-Sinai specialists in other areas, such as dialysis and transplantation, to provide a multidisciplinary continuum of care. Team members include:

  • Pediatric nephrologists
  • Pediatric nephrology fellows
  • Nurse coordinators
    • Ann Hurford, RN, BSN
    • Sharon Klarman, RN, BSN
    • Natalie Robinson, RN
  • Social workers
    • Adinah Lindner, LCSW
  • Nutritionists
    • Masako Harada, RD
    • Pirayeh Pedarsani, MS, RD
  • Administration
    • Irene Sapien - Administrative Services Associate
    • Diana French - Management Assistant II

Physician Referral

The experienced team at Cedars-Sinai's Pediatric Nephrology Services works with the referring physician to determine the best course of treatment for each patient and keeps the referring physician informed of the patient's condition. At the appropriate time, the patient is referred back to the primary care physician for continued management, but the physicians at Cedars-Sinai remain available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide post-treatment support and to serve as an informational resource.

For More Information

For more information about Pediatric Nephrology Services at Cedars-Sinai or to make a referral, please contact:

Pediatric Nephrology Services
Maxine Dunitz Children's Health Center
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
8700 Beverly Blvd., Suite 4221
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: 1-800-CEDARS-1 (233-2771)
Fax: 310-423-1676
Email: pediatric.services@cshs.org