Medical Specialties

Pediatric Nephrology at Phoenix Children's Hospital

The Department of Nephrology at Phoenix Children's Hospital is the largest treatment center in the Southwest for infants, children, and adolescents with kidney (renal) disorders and high blood pressure (hypertension).  We evaluate and treat patients with all kidney-related problems including blood or protein in the urine, kidney stones, recurrent urinary tract infections, congenital kidney diseases, chronic kidney failure, dialysis, and kidney transplantation.

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To provide the highest quality of care to our patients, the Nephrology Department features five pediatric nephrologists, two social workers dedicated to children with kidney diseases and their parents, a renal nutritionist, nurses specialized in kidney disorders, two child life specialists, and a school teacher for dialysis patients. This health care team is one-of-a-kind in the region, allowing us to provide more than 90 percent of the pediatric kidney transplants, hemodialysis, and peritoneal dialysis in the Southwest.

Additionally, Phoenix Children's comprehensive nephrology program includes Arizona's only dedicated Pediatric Dialysis Center, providing inpatient and outpatient hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, and the state's only dedicated Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program.  We have the state's largest 24-hour pediatric ambulatory blood pressure monitoring program, allowing us to pinpoint when high blood pressure readings are the result of anxiety or if additional testing is necessary.

Physicians

Bruce Morgenstern, MD – Medical Staff Section Chief

Gina-Marie Barletta, MD

Kelly A. Benedict, MD

Stephanie Hsieh, MD

Mark Joseph, MD

Karen Elise Papez, MD

Common Diagnoses Seen

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  • Acute and chronic kidney failure
  • Alport Syndrome
  • Congenital Nephrosis
  • Congenital Renal Disease
  • Cystinosis
  • Fluid and Electrolyte problems
  • Focal Glomerulosclerosis
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Hematuria
  • Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
  • Hereditary Nephritis
  • Hypertension
  • Idiopathic Nephrosis
  • Interstitial Nephropathy
  • Kidney stones
  • Lowe's syndrome
  • Lupus nephritis
  • Multicystic dysplastic kidneys
  • Nephrolithiasis
  • Nephrotic Syndrome
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Proteinuria
  • Reflux Nephropathy
  • Renal dysplasia
  • Renal transplantation
  • Systemic Vasculitis

Programs and Services

Physician Services

  • Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring
  • Kidney biopsy
  • CVVH (Continuous Veno-venous Hemofiltration)
  • Hemodialysis
  • Peritoneal dialysis
  • Pheresis
  • Pre and Post renal transplant care
  • Diagnosis and treatment of patients with various renal disorders

Nursing Services

  • Patient/family education related to blood pressure
  • Injectable medications
  • End Stage Kidney disease
  • Hemodialysis
  • Peritoneal dialysis
  • Kidney transplant
  • Coordination of services with home care providers

Department – Specific Services

  • Multidisciplinary Team Services
  • Multidisciplinary Clinic visits
  • Multidisciplinary care continuums
  • Multidisciplinary transplant rounds
  • Patient/family support group

Community Outreach

  • Brochure for school personnel
  • School visits
  • Telephone management with school nurses and PCP offices
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation referrals
  • Coordination with Lupus Foundation
  • Camp Maska

Professional Outreach/Education

  • Presentation to nurses at Phoenix Children's
  • Preceptor to undergrad and grad nursing students
  • Presentation to nurses at Good Samaritan Kidney Center
  • NICU and local dialysis units
  • Pediatric Update (National Pediatric Conference)
  • Pediatric conferences in Arizona including reservation
  • Resident Education and lectures
  • Grand Rounds

Research

  • Expanded Hospital's role in North American Pediatric Renal Transplant Cooperative Study (NAPRTCS) to include chronic renal failure and dialysis
  • Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring in Native Americans

Affiliations

  • American Society of Nephrology
  • American Society of Pediatric Nephrology
  • American Society of Transplantation
  • International Pediatric Hypertension Association
  • North American Pediatric Renal Transplant Cooperative Study
  • American Nephrology Nurses Association
  • North American Transplant Coordinators Organization
  • National Kidney Foundation
  • Arizona Kidney Foundation
  • American Dietetic Association

Contact

Ph: 602-933-0965

Fax: 602-933-4610

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