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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 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 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.

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Support Groups

Our UI 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.

Fall Comfort4Kidneys Support Group

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Atrium Dining Room (Elevator E to 7th Floor)
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City
Please RSVP 319-356-7249

Locations and Contact

Iowa City, Iowa

UI Children's Hospital
Pediatric Specialty Clinic
200 Hawkins Drive, 2400 Colloton Pavilion
Iowa City, Iowa 52242

Parking: Parking and Wayfinding. Valet Services Available
In House Directions: Elevator F, Level 2.


Monday through Friday
8 am-5 pm


  • Appointment: 319-356-2229
  • Emergency: 319-356-1616
  • Toll Free: 888-573-KIDS (5437)

Bettendorf, Iowa

University of Iowa Children's Hospital - Pediatric Specialty Services
Located at Genesis Health Group
865 Lincoln Road, Suite 500
Bettendorf, Iowa 52722


  • Appointment: 855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)

Des Moines, IA

Associates in Kidney Care
411 Laurel St, Suite 2350
Des Moines, IA 50314


  • Appointment: 515-288-1097

Waterloo, Iowa

Covenant Clinic - Urology
3410 Kimball Ave
Waterloo, Iowa 50702


  • Phone: 855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)

Care Team

Other Team Members

  • Amy Beckmann, RN
  • Teresa Cones, MA
  • Amanda Coulter, RN
  • Jennifer Ehrlich, RN
  • Monica Keleher, RN (Rare Kidney Diseases)
  • Emily Neeld, RN
  • Mary Lee Neuberger, APN
  • Katie Roben, RN
  • Annette Thomas, RN