About the Division of Pediatric Nephrology and Hypertension

The Division of Pediatric Nephrology and Hypertension at UNC provides diagnosis and management of kidney disorders and treatment of advanced kidney disease in infants, children and adolescents. Our highly qualified medical team provides both inpatient (hospitalized patients) care and outpatient nephrology services.

We also treat problems including hematuria (blood in the urine), proteinuria (protein in the urine), hypertension (high blood pressure), acid-base and salt-water disturbances, acute and chronic kidney failure, and other diseases of the kidneys. The division performs various forms of dialysis (filtering waste or toxins from the bloodstream) along with many other tests and procedures.

Providing the best care for our young patients often requires a team of many people with lots of talents. When treating advanced kidney disease, for example, we assemble a team of nephrologists, dialysis and transplant nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, play therapists, dietitians and hospital-based school teachers. Together, these skilled professionals provide comprehensive support to maintain age-appropriate school performance and to insure optimal rehabilitation during dialysis and following transplantation.

Since many health care professionals are involved in treating your child, you may want to refer to our Glossary of Pediatric Clinicians to better understand their roles.