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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

  • Gentler Method of Dialysis Gives Toddler and Family More Mobility

    Charlie Flemming and his sister Gentler method of dialysis gives toddler and family more mobility.Read more
  • 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

Locations and Contact

  • UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
    2400 Colloton Pavilion
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242
    In House Directions: Elevator F, Level 2
    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)
  • UI Stead Family Children's Hospital–Quad Cities
    865 Lincoln Road
    Bettendorf, Iowa 52272
    Contact
    • Phone: 563-344-2240
    • Toll free: 877-386-9105
  • University of Iowa Health Care–Cedar Falls
    2624 Orchard Drive
    Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613
    Contact
    • 855-543-2884
  • Associates in Kidney Care
    411 Laurel Street
    Des Moines, Iowa 50314
    Contact
    • Phone: 515-288-1097
  • University of Iowa Health Care–Johnston
    8605 Chambery Blvd
    Johnston, Iowa 50131
    Contact
    • 855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)

Care Team

Other Team Members

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