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Pediatric Nephrology

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Overview

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.

Conditions we treat.

  • Hematuria (blood in urine)
  • Proteinuria (protein in urine)
  • Glomerulonephritis, a type of kidney disease affecting the kidney filters
  • Nephrotic syndrome, a kidney disease that causes excess protein in the urine
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Electrolyte disorders, such as imbalances in the body’s sodium, potassium and calcium levels
  • Tubular disorders where the tubules or ducts in the kidneys don’t work properly, affecting the balance of water, minerals and acids in the blood
  • Kidney stones
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract, which are malformations in these parts of the body that are present at birth
  • Acute kidney injury, a sudden episode of kidney failure or damage
  • Chronic kidney disease, the gradual loss of kidney function
  • Polycystic kidney disease, an inherited disorder that causes clusters of cysts in the kidneys
  • End-stage kidney disease where kidney function is too low to survive without dialysis or a kidney transplant 

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

 

Locations/Contact Us

Contact Nephrology

330-543-8950

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Nephrology
Akron Children's Hospital
214 W. Bowery Street
7th floor - Orange Elevator
Level 7
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-3980
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Nephrology, Boardman
Akron Children's Hospital
6505 Market St., Building A
Boardman, Ohio 44512
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Nephrology, Beachwood
Akron Children's Hospital Specialty Services
23250 Chagrin Blvd. Ste 325
Beachwood, Ohio 44122
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Nephrology, Mansfield
Akron Children's Health Center
1029 S. Trimble Road
Mansfield, Ohio 44906
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Shefali Mahesh
Shefali Mahesh, MD

Medical Staff Vice President; Director, Division of Pediatric Nephrology; Pediatric Nephrologist

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Physicians/Providers:

Stephen Cha, MD

Director, Pediatric Hypertension Clinic; Pediatric Nephrologist

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Kirsten Kusumi, MD

Pediatric Nephrologist

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Deepti Narla, MD

Pediatric Nephrologist

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Rupesh Raina, MD, FACP, FAAP

Pediatric Nephrologist

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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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Safety and Efficacy of Ferimoxytol in Pediatric Anemia Patients

To evaluate the safety (compared to iron sucrose) and efficacy of ferumoxytol in pediatric chronic kidney disease (CKD) subjects with iron deficiency anemia (IDA) or who are at risk of development of IDA.

For complete study information please visit Clinicaltrials.gov

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