Saint Louis University

Department of Pediatrics - Division of Nephrology


1465 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63104

Ellen Wood, MD

Craig Belsha, MD
Division Director
Division of Nephrology

Best Doctors 2016

Divisional Overview
The Division of Pediatric Nephrology in the Department of Pediatrics of Saint Louis University provides comprehensive care for infants, children, and adolescents with various forms of kidney or urologic disorders. Care is provided for both acute and chronic disorders with a multidisciplinary team, including physicians, renal nursing, renal dietician, renal social worker, and play therapist. Members of the division are involved in teaching of medical students, residents, community physicians, and families, and participate in various clinical research studies. The division is housed at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.

Clinical Services

Types of treatment offered include percutaneous renal biopsy, acute and chronic hemodialysis, acute and chronic peritoneal dialysis, including a peritoneal dialysis training program, acute hemodiafiltration, renal transplantation, and ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, in addition to inpatient and outpatient care and consultative services.

Services are provided for a variety of kidney disorders, including congenital and hereditary disorders involving the kidney and urinary tract, urinary tract infections, kidney stones, hypertension, acute and chronic glomerular and tubular disorders and renal diseases that occur secondary to a variety of systemic diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus, diabetes mellitus, and vasculitis. The division provides primary management of renal transplant recipients along with members of the Transplant Surgery service. The division also provides fetal consultation through the Fetal Care institute.

The division began a renal transplant program in 1983. Since that time, approximately 150 transplants have been performed. The division currently follows approximately 45 renal transplant recipients. Deceased Donor, Living Related, and Living Unrelated Transplants are currently performed; the division is participating in the Donor Exchange program for living donors as well.

The division has a special interest in Hypertension, with a weekly clinic for patients with primary hypertension, and an active Ambulatory BP monitoring program. A bimonthly outreach Clinic is held at the South County Outpatient facility. 

The division has a formal transition program for Dialysis and Transplant patients to aide in successful transition to adult care. 

To make an appointment, please contact us at:
Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital

Medical Education 

Educational programs address training of pediatric residents, family practice residents, and medical students, as well as community programs for families of children with renal disease and CME activities for community physicians.

Nursing Staff

Amy Hogoboom, RN
Cindy Lembeck, RN, Head Nurse for Dialysis Services 
Amy Stultz, RN

Medical Secretary 
Marjorie Jones