Kidneys

Best Children's Hospitals Nephrology 2016-17

You may have been told that your child has a problem with a kidney, or that he or she needs additional care from a specialist in children’s kidney disorders.

A pediatric nephrologist is a doctor who specializes in kidney disorders in babies, children and adolescents. Unlike adults, children are still growing, so it’s important to see someone with special training and expertise in pediatric kidney and urinary problems. University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital is home to the most comprehensive kidney treatment program in the state, including the only Pediatric Dialysis Center, which opened in September, 2010.

Our service offers evaluation and management of kidney disorders, including:

  • Abnormalities of the bladder and kidneys
  • Prenatal kidney counseling
  • Genetic disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney stones
  • Glomerulonephritis (inflammation), including lupus
  • Nephrotic syndrome
  • Blood or protein in the urine
  • Bladder or kidney infections
  • Rare kidney diseases (atypical HUS and dense deposit disease)
  • Acute kidney injury
  • Chronic kidney disease

Our services include:

  • Kidney dialysis
    • Hemodialysis: The process of circulating blood through an artificial kidney to remove extra fluid and filter waster products.
    • Peritoneal dialysis: A form of dialysis in which a special fluid is passed in and out of the abdomen to remove extra fluid and filter waste products 
  • Kidney transplant
  • Kidney biopsy
  • Prenatal consultation for kidney or bladder abnormalities
  • Electrolyte (salts)/fluid management

UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital offers both inpatient and outpatient pediatric dialysis services, including center or home hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis. The Pediatric Dialysis Center is designed to meet the needs of children of all ages.

Health Information

Support Groups

Comfort4Kidneys Support Group

Our UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital kidney support group provides a supportive environment and helps patients and their families adjust to living with chronic kidney disease, kidney failure, or a kidney transplant.

If you would like to get involved, contact us at 319-356-7249 .

Patient Stories

  • Abigail Hooper

    Abigail Hooper portrait

    Abby Hooper is a sweet and energetic teenager who loves to cook for her family, work in the garden, and play sports. You’d never know from looking at her that she’s battling a chronic disease.Read more

  • Emeline Dunham

    Emetine Dunham portrait

    When Emeline’s parents learned their daughter had Down syndrome, they knew they wanted her to be born at UI Stead Family Children's Hospital. Newborns with Down syndrome often have health issues, and they wanted a hospital that could care for all of her needs.Read more

  • Parent Blog: Erica Schmidt

    Kale Schmidt Portrait

    Kale was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Burkitt’s lymphoma. Erica Schmidt shares her son's story in her own words.Read more

  • Laila Walton

    Laila Walton portrait

    Laila’s mom, Christine, called UI Stead Family Children's Hospital hoping for answers. After many tests and hospitalizations, Laila was diagnosed with Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis, a rare genetic kidney disorder in which the potassium and sodium in her body are at odds. There is no cure, and it’s something Laila will have for the rest of her life.Read more

  • Alex and Molly Kirby

    Alex and Molly Kirby icon

    Alex went in for a routine physical in 2009, not expecting to find anything wrong. The results were shocking. He was diagnosed with pediatric nephronophthisis, a serious kidney disorder, and immediately began dialysis. Due to the severity of his illness, Alex needed a kidney transplant, which he received in November 2009.Read more

Locations and Contact

  • Iowa City, Iowa

    Pediatric Specialty Clinic (Iowa City)

    2400 Colloton Pavilion
    In House Directions: Elevator F, Level 2
    UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, IA 52242
    Hours
    • Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Contact
    • Appointment: 319-356-2229
    • Emergency: 319-356-1616
    • Toll Free: 888-573-KIDS (5437)
  • Bettendorf, Iowa

    Pediatric Specialty Services (Quad Cities)

    University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital - Pediatric Specialty Services (Quad Cities)
    865 Lincoln Road
    Suite 500
    Bettendorf, IA 52272
    Contact
    • Phone: 563-344-2240
    • Toll free: 877-386-9105
  • Clive, Iowa

    Outreach Clinic (Clive)

    Mercy West Building
    1601 NW 114th Street
    Suite 240
    Clive, IA 50325
    Contact
    • Phone: 855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)
  • Des Moines, Iowa

    Nephrology (Des Moines)

    Associates in Kidney Care
    411 Laurel Street
    Suite 2350
    Des Moines, IA 50314
    Contact
    • Phone: 515-288-1097
  • Waterloo, Iowa

    Covenant Clinic Urology (Waterloo)

    Covenant Clinic - Urology
    3410 Kimball Avenue
    Waterloo, IA 50702
    Contact
    • Phone: 855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)

Care Team

Other Team Members

  • Rachel Beiler, RDN, LD
  • Teresa Benda, RN
  • Teresa Cones, MA
  • Amanda Coulter, RN
  • Deanne Edgar, Administrative Assistant
  • Monica Hall, RN (Rare Kidney Diseases)
  • Emily Neeld, RN
  • Mary Lee Neuberger, APN