Children's Hospital Colorado

Kidney Care

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Pediatric kidney care

The Kidney Center at Children's Hospital Colorado serves as a regional referral center for patients with kidney disease. For more than 30 years, our specially trained clinical staff has provided a wide range of services to patients with kidney disease, from diagnosing and treating mild conditions to providing chronic dialysis and kidney transplantation.

The Kidney Center sees several thousand patients each year and serves as the only 100% pediatric dialysis center in Colorado. We are proud to be at the forefront of research and teaching efforts to improve processes for transplants and dialysis.  

Why choose Children's Hospital Colorado for the treatment of pediatric kidney conditions?

Our experience in treating kids with kidney disease is well established. The Kidney Center and its clinical staff members have received recognition from national and regional publications, including U.S. News & World Report, which ranked Children's Colorado as one of the best hospitals in the nation for the treatment of pediatric kidney disorders. Our experienced staff members were also noted in 5280 magazine’s "Top Docs" list and the Best Doctors in America® database.

At Children's Colorado, you and your child have access to the services of one of the nation’s leading pediatric healthcare centers. Whether your child has a common kidney disease or is experiencing kidney failure, chronic dialysis and the possibility of kidney transplantation, our specially trained and experienced physicians, nurses and other clinical staff are here to care for your child.

We believe that being trained in pediatrics means being trained to care for the entire family. We educate parents and siblings, allow parents to be a part of their child's treatments and train parents to provide dialysis at home if their child receives peritoneal dialysis.

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Specific conditions treated

As part of our multidisciplinary approach, we work closely with other departments to better coordinate care. For example, conditions that require urinary tract surgery are treated in conjunction with the Urology department.

The Kidney Center treats the following conditions:

Services offered

At the Children's Colorado Kidney Center, we have the expertise and experience to diagnose and treat common and complex renal conditions in kids. Some of our services include:

Referring to Nephrology

If you believe your patient could benefit from care at our Kidney Center, take a look at our New Patient Supporting Documents for our Nephrology Department.


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