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Pediatric Nephrology

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Akron Children’s specialists in the Division of Nephrology provide the entire range of diagnostic and treatment services for infants, children and teens with congenital or acquired kidney or urinary tract disease. Kidney disease can be chronic and life changing. In collaboration with your family, we offer comprehensive services to help your child reach the best level of physical and emotional health. 

We have one focus: kids

Our team includes board-certified pediatric nephrologists, nurses, dietitians, social workers and psychologists who are dedicated to caring for children with kidney diseases. This includes the evaluation and treatment of growth, nutrition and developmental problems related to chronic kidney disease. We also work closely with pediatric specialists in urology, surgery and cardiology. Our team will work with you to care for your child as a whole, not just their kidney disease.

Dialysis and transplant care.

We offer a comprehensive program for children with chronic, end-stage kidney failure. Kidneys remove extra fluids and waste products from the blood. When they stop working, waste products can build up and quickly become life-threatening. Dialysis is a medical treatment that takes over the job of filtering the blood until your child’s kidney function is replaced with a donated kidney through a kidney transplant. We have a 4-station dialysis unit for children from birth to 21 years of age who are on acute or chronic hemodialysis or home peritoneal dialysis. 

Our goal is to ensure every child who has end-stage kidney disease receives a transplant. We provide all the care before and after transplant. 

Coordinated, comprehensive care.

We also offer specialty clinics to provide comprehensive treatment and coordinated care to children and teens with certain medical conditions that affect the kidneys. This includes a Hypertension Clinic for diagnosing and managing high blood pressure in children and teens, and a Kidney Stone Clinic to treat and prevent stones in the kidney, ureter or bladder. For children and teens who have vasculitis, we offer a combined Vasculitis Clinic with our pediatric rheumatologists


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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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Currently recruiting