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Pediatric Nephrology

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If your child has congenital or acquired kidney or urinary tract disease, we provide the entire range of diagnostic and treatment services. Our care includes the evaluation and treatment of growth, nutrition and development problems that are related to chronic kidney disease.

We have one focus: kids.

Our team includes board-certified pediatric nephrologists, nurses, dietitians, social workers and psychologists who are dedicated to the care of children with kidney diseases. We strive to evaluate and treat problems with growth and development that are specifically related to chronic kidney disease. We also work closely with pediatric specialists in urology, surgery and cardiology.

Dialysis and Transplant care.

We offer dialysis to children and teens that have chronic or acute kidney failure. Kidneys remove extra fluids and waste products from the blood. When they stop working, waste products can build up in the blood and can quickly become life-threatening. Dialysis is a medical treatment that takes over the job of filtering the blood until your child's failing kidneys heal or are replaced with a donated kidney through a kidney transplant.

Pediatric Hypertension Clinic

We offer a full range of services to help manage hypertension in children. This includes ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, screening for coexisting metabolic abnormalities, nutritional education for both hypertension and a healthier life style.

Vasculitis Clinic:

For children who have vasculitis affecting the kidneys, we offer a combined clinic with our pediatric rheumatologists. The clinic makes it convenient for patients to see all of the specialists they need in one visit.

Stone Clinic.

We strive to provide one stop care for children with stone disease. Our multidisciplinary team includes, nephrologists, urologists, radiologists, dieticians and social workers. Collaborative effort with genetics as needed.


Locations/Contact Us

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Akron Children's Hospital Specialty Care
214 W. Bowery Street
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-3980
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Nephrology, Boardman
Akron Children's Hospital Specialty Care
6505 Market St., Building A
Boardman, Ohio 44512
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Nephrology, Mansfield
Akron Children's Hospital Specialty Care
371 Cline Ave.
Mansfield, Ohio 44907
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Our Doctors/Providers

Stephen Cha
Stephen Cha, MD

Pediatric Nephrologist

Kirsten Kusumi
Kirsten Kusumi, MD

Pediatric Nephrologist

Shefali Mahesh
Shefali Mahesh, MD

Director, Division of Pediatric Nephrology; Pediatric Nephrologist

Deepti Narla
Deepti Narla, MD

Pediatric Nephrologist

James Prebis
James Prebis, MD

Pediatric Nephrologist

Rupesh Raina
Rupesh Raina, MD, FACP, FAAP

Pediatric Nephrologist

Mallory Zehe
Mallory Zehe, PsyD

Pediatric Psychologist

Open Clinical Studies

Medical device study for patients with a rare kidney disease (Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis)

This study is evaluating a new treatment for children with a rare kidney disease resulting from scar tissue in the kidney’s filtering system (the glomerulus). This part of the kidneys helps get rid of harmful waste materials in blood. If this filtering system doesn’t work properly, it may lead to kidney disease or even failure. The therapy we’re testing, the Liposorber LA-15 System, is a blood processing device that removes certain lipoproteins (known as “bad” cholesterol) from the patient’s blood. The device was first used in the U.S. to treat people whose very high cholesterol put them at significant risk for heart disease. We expect it will likely benefit children with this kidney filtering defect.

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