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, both acute and chronic.
Members of the division are involved in the 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. Our multidisciplinary team includes physicians, renal nurses, a renal dietitian, a renal social worker and a play therapist.
Our 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 continuing medical education (CME) activities for community physicians.
Our division began a renal transplant program in 1983. Since that time, approximately 150 pediatric renal transplants have been performed. The division currently follows approximately 45 renal transplant recipients. Deceased donor, living related, and living unrelated renal transplants are currently performed. We also participate in kidney paired donation (KPD), the donor exchange program for living donors.
The division provides primary management of renal transplant recipients along with members of the transplant surgery service. We also provide fetal consultation through the Fetal Care Institute.
Our division has a special interest in hypertension, with a weekly clinic for patients with primary hypertension, and an active Ambulatory BP monitoring program. A bi-monthly outreach clinic is held at an outpatient facility in the southern suburbs of St. Louis.
The division has a formal transition program for dialysis and transplant patients to aid in the successful transition to adult care.
Our physician faculty members treat a variety of acute and chronic 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 participates in the North American Pediatric Renal Transplant Cooperative Study, a registry for Transplant, Dialysis, and Chronic Renal Insufficiency patients. We also participate in multi-center studies funded by the NIH and the Midwest Pediatric Nephrology Consortium Study Group, as well as in pharmaceutical studies.
Division director Craig Belsha, M.D., serves on the Medical Advisory Panel for the Atypical HUS Foundation, which has been active in funding research studies related to this devastating disease.