Nephrology

Nephrology

 Welcome to the Division of Nephrology

The Division of Nephrology at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is dedicated to improving the health of children with renal disease. Our mission is to provide the best in family-centered, compassionate care, to lead in scientific and clinical advancement, and to prepare the next generation of leaders in Paediatric Nephrology.

The division provides state-of-the-art comprehensive care for patients with acute, chronic and end-stage renal disease. Renal replacement therapy is offered by way of Home Peritoneal Dialysis, Hemodialysis, Nocturnal Home Hemodialysis and Renal Transplantation. Outpatient Nephrology provides consultation and continuation of care for children with renal diseases such as nephrotic syndrome, polycystic kidney disease, vesicoureteric reflux, lupus nephritis, proteinuria, hematuria, hypertension and for infants with renal disease diagnosed in the antenatal or neonatal period.

The division's clinical and research arms are connected through the recent development of antenatal and neonatal renal clinics, and a balanced mix of staff members has created a dynamic working environment in which clinical and research interests enhance each other. Basic research in the Division has expanded in recent years, with a current focus on understanding the triggers of renal development in the fetus. Also noteworthy is a collaborative study of the natural history of antenatally recognized kidney disease.

Another focus of the division was the development of peritoneal dialysis techniques for children, leading to an international reputation in this area and an increasing shift toward outpatient treatment.  As well, the division's hemodialysis and nocturnal home hemodialysis program has become a major referral centre for children in Southern Ontario. 

What we do

The Division of Nephrology provides state-of-the-art comprehensive care for patients with acute, chronic and end-stage renal disease. Continuous renal replacement therapy is offered by way of Home Peritoneal Dialysis, Haemodialysis, Nocturnal Home Haemodialysis and Renal Transplantation.

Education and Learning

We have an extensive residents/fellows program that provides participation in all levels of our clinical activities. as well as a strong emphasis on the development of research skills (clinical or basic). Graduates of the program have pursued careers in academia, government, industry, and private practice.

Research

We are committed to creating an integrated and collaborative work environment that encourages our staff to engage in research and allow scientists and clinicians to share ideas and results, stimulating new ideas and innovations for patient care throughout the Division.