Division of Pediatric Nephrology


Providing research, training, and a network of care for children and youth with kidney diseases

The Division of Pediatric Nephrology at the University of Minnesota is dedicated to the care of infants, children, and adolescents with kidney disease. We offer comprehensive medical services for a full range of kidney disorders, including:

  • Congenital Malformations of the Kidney and Bladder
  • Familial Nephritis (Alport Syndrome)
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Hematuria and Proteinuria
  • Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
  • Hypertension
  • Kidney Failure
  • Kidney Stones
  • Nephrotic Syndrome
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Prenatally diagnosed kidney abnormalities
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Vesicoureteral Reflux

We have a very active dialysis and transplant program for children with end-stage kidney failure. The University of Minnesota is one of the three largest pediatric kidney transplant programs in the world and has performed more infant transplants than any other program in the United States.

The pediatric nephrologists work closely with a number of other specialties including pediatric urology, transplant surgery, pediatric psychology, nutrition, and social work to provide a multidisciplinary approach to the care of children with kidney disease.

Alport Syndrome Treatments and Outcomes Registry

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The University of Minnesota's Department of Pediatrics has created the Alport Syndrome Treatments and Outcomes Registry (ASTOR). ASTOR's primary purpose is to enroll families and patients with a history of Alport syndrome in a central registry. The information we gather will be used as a basis for studies designed to test potential treatments for Alport syndrome. ASTOR also aims to provide patients, families and physicians with the most up-to-date information about Alport syndrome. This registry is the first of its kind in North America.

You can help doctors learn more about Alport syndrome and test possible treatments for the disease by enrolling in ASTOR. Since Alport syndrome is a rare disease it is essential for ASTOR to enroll as many patients as possible. Together, you and others facing the challenges of Alport syndrome can provide valuable information that will help doctors better understand the disease and in turn, help patients with Alport syndrome now and in the future.

Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship


The Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Training Program was established in 1965.  Graduates of our program provide high quality teaching and patient care, and demonstrate a continued dedication to improved understanding of disease through research based on the philosophy acquired during their training.  A remarkable number of our graduates have successfully competed for NIH funding and other independent research support.  Read more about our program by clicking the link below.

Patient Care

The University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital is one of the top pediatric nephrology programs in the nation, and has performed the largest number of kidney transplants in the world.  We also boast the highest reported infant kidney transplant success rate in the world.