Saint Louis University

Department of Pediatrics - Division of Nephrology

NEPHROLOGY
1465 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63104
314-577-5662
314-268-6449

Ellen Wood, MD

Ellen Wood, MD
Professor
Division Director
Division of Nephrology

Best Doctors 2015

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 Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.

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

The division began a renal transplant program in 1983. Since that time, approximately 98 transplants have been performed. The division currently follows approximately 40 renal transplant recipients of cadaver/living donation. Cadaveric, living related and living unrelated transplantation is currently performed.

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 began a renal transplant program in 1983. The division currently follows approximately 40 renal transplant recipients of cadaver/living donation. Cadaveric, living related and living unrelated transplantation is currently performed. A pediatric dialysis unit is located on site. A multi-disciplinary team is involved in the care of these patients, including physicians, surgeons, nurses, renal dietician, renal social worker, and play therapy.

The division has a special interest in hypertension, and has a weekly clinic for patients with primary hypertension.

To make an appointment, please contact us at:
Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital
314-268-4010

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.

Research Highlights
The division participates in the North American Pediatric Renal Transplant Cooperative Study, a registry for Transplant, Dialysis, and Chronic Renal Insufficiency patients. The Division is participating in funded NIH Multi-Center Studies, Pharmaceutical studies, and Multi-Center Studies with the Midwest Pediatric Nephrology Consortium Study Group. Dr. Abraham completed her Master’s Program in Health Outcomes Research during the last year. Dr. Belsha continues to serve on the Atypical HUS Foundation, which has been active in funding research studies related to this devastating disease. He also serves on the Atypical HUS Advisory Board of Alexion Pharmaceuticals related to his expertise in treatment of Atypical HUS. The Division also participates in the International Pediatric Hypertension Association Study Group. Dr. Wood is serving as Co-Chair of the Medical Advisory Board for Mid-America Transplant Services.

The division is participating in the following Multi-center NIH studies:

  1. Chronic Kidney Disease in Children (CKID study).
  2. Novel Therapies for Resistant Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS): A Phase II Clinical Trial.

Pharmaceutical Multi Center Studies:
A Randomized, Double- Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study to Assess the Efficacy and Safety of Cinacalcet HCL in Pediatric Subjects with Chronic Kidney Disease and Secondary Hyperparathyroidism Receiving Dialysis. Sponsored by Amgen.

The division is participating in the following Multi-center studies with the Midwest Pediatric Nephrology Consortium Study Group:

  1. Genome Wide Association Study of Childhood Onset Idiopathic Nephrotic Syndrome. (Abraham E: Center PI).
  2. Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) Network Study. Validation of PROMIS Pediatric Banks with Incident Nephrotic Syndrome. (Abraham E: Center PI).
  3. Effect of Renal Transplantation on Heart Function in Children with ESRD and Left Ventricular Dysfunction: A Midwest Pediatric Nephrology Consortium Study- completed during this year. (Abraham E: Center PI).
  4. Outcomes of Permanent Vascular Access in Pediatric Hemodialysis Patients. (Wood EG: center PI, Co- PI for study)
  5. A Multicenter, open label, uncontrolled study to evaluate the efficacy, acceptance and tolerance of RenaStart (Vitaflo International Ltd.), a high energy powdered formula (medical food) with low levels of potassium, protein, calcium, chloride, phosphorous and Vitamin A for children aged 1-10 years with chronic kidney disease (CKD). (Belsha CW: center PI).

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

Medical Secretary 
Marjorie Jones

Ellen Wood, MD Ellen Wood, MD
Professor
Division Director
Division of Nephrology
Anne M. Beck, M.D. Anne Beck, M.D.
Professor
Division of Nephrology
Craig Belsha, MD Craig Belsha, MD
Professor
Division of Nephrology
L. Richard Feldenberg, MD Assistant Professor Division of Nephrology L. Richard Feldenberg, MD
Assistant Professor
Division of Nephrology