Letter from the Director

Letter from the Director

The Division of Pediatric Nephrology continues to demonstrate success in both clinical and academic pursuits. The number of patients entering the End Stage Renal Disease program has continued to increase and a record number of renal transplants, as well as multi-visceral organ transplants, were performed during the past several years with excellent outcomes. In addition, the Division was successful in its academic activities, including, publishing a large number of papers in peer-reviewed journals, and presenting at many regional, national, and international conferences. Our faculty members are frequently invited for guest lectureships throughout the world. The Division also continues to attract the highest quality of pediatricians into our fellowship training program.

We are proud that our program at Holtz Children’s Hospital was ranked first in the South East Region and tenth in the nation by U.S.News & World Report’s America’s Best Children’s Hospitals for kidney disorders in 2009. Our Division demonstrated further success in the following outcome measures:

  • Excellent patient survival with dialysis and post renal transplant >90% at 5 years
  • Graft survival post renal transplant >95% at one year and >80% at 3 years
  • Compliance with therapy in 85% of patients
  • Correction of anemia with EPO in dialysis patients with >75% of these patients with Hb greater of 10 g/dl
  • Incidence of peritonitis in CAPD/CCPD patients with <1 episode every 12 months
  • Rehabilitation with >75% of children undergoing dialysis attending school or vocational rehabilitation programs
  • Client satisfaction surveys showed that >90% of patients and families rated us satisfactory or better
  • 6 clinical trials were conducted in 2009, including one NIH Multi-center clinical trial (NEPTUNE)