Children's Hospital Colorado

Pediatric Kidney Transplantation

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The Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program was relocated to Children's Hospital Colorado in 1990, after originating at the University of Colorado-School of Medicine in the 1960s. Our multidisciplinary team consists of qualified healthcare professionals, who are dedicated to the well-being of your child and family. In addition to the transplant program at Children's Colorado, you and your child have access to the services of one of the nation's leading pediatric healthcare centers.

Why choose Children's Colorado for pediatric kidney transplantation?

Commitment and innovation

Children's Colorado's Kidney Transplant team is committed to innovative care and strong integrated support for your child and your entire family. It is important to know that transplantation is not a cure; it is a treatment option for end-stage kidney failure. This requires a lifelong commitment to taking medication and receiving consistent medical treatment. The goals of transplantation are to give your child the best treatment for end-stage kidney failure, establish normal kidney function and allow for improved quality of life.

Advancing treatment through research

Current research efforts include studies of calcineurin inhibitor (CNI) toxicity in children and the effects of CNI in children following treatment, including after kidney transplantation; studies in Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD); and participation in Improving Renal Outcomes Collaborative (IROC) a learning network of top pediatric kidney transplant centers seeking to improve the health and outcomes of children receiving kidney transplants.

Outcomes and success rate of kidney transplants

Children's Colorado's Kidney Transplant Program has performed over 250 kidney transplants since 1988. Short and long term outcomes are above the national average. Success rate of kidney transplants and outcomes data for our program and all transplant centers across the United States is publicly available through the Scientific Registry for Transplant Recipients (SRTR).

Pediatric kidney transplantation options

Our Kidney Transplant Program offers both deceased donor transplantation and living donor transplantation. Living kidney donation, both related and unrelated, is offered through a partnership with the University of Colorado's Transplant Center.

Kidney transplantation and CAKUT

About 30% of all kidney transplants are related to congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUT). CAKUT encompasses a group of anomalies or abnormalities that affect the kidneys and other parts of the urinary tract, which consists of the ureter, bladder and urethra. The CAKUT team at Children’s Colorado includes urologists, nephrologists, nurses, dietitians, psychologists and kidney transplant specialists. Watch the video to learn how we have expanded the CAKUT Clinic at Children’s Colorado and why a multidisciplinary approach is important to treating CAKUT.

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Get to know our pediatric experts.

Fritz Karrer, MD

Fritz Karrer, MD

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Jonathan Roach, MD

Jonathan Roach, MD

Surgery - Pediatric, Surgery

Margret Bock, MD, MS

Margret Bock, MD, MS

Nephrology - Pediatric, Pediatrics

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Children's Colorado in the news

  • FOX31
    Metro Girl Who Needed Transplant Gets Kidney
    March 23, 2019

    After a life-saving kidney transplant, Davasia is grateful for things like being able to eat chips, take a shower and thank her best friend. She also acknowledges that there are many other kids in dialysis who still need kidneys.