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Pediatric Nephrology

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.

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Contact Nephrology


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Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Nephrology, Akron
Main Hospital Building
214 West Bowery Street
7th floor - Orange Elevator
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-3980
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Nephrology, Amherst
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Nephrology, Amherst
Akron Children's Health Center
47185 Cooper Foster Park Road
Amherst, Ohio 44001
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Nephrology, Beachwood
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Nephrology, Beachwood
3733 Park East Drive
Suite 230
Beachwood, Ohio 44122
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Nephrology, Boardman
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Nephrology, Boardman
6505 Market St., Building A
Boardman, Ohio 44512
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Nephrology, Mansfield
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Nephrology, Mansfield
Akron Children's Health Center
1029 S. Trimble Road
Mansfield, Ohio 44906
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Nephrology, Marietta
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Nephrology, Marietta
Marietta Memorial Hospital
400 Matthew Street
Suite 100
Marietta, Ohio 45750
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Shefali Mahesh
Shefali Mahesh, MD

Medical Staff President;
Dr. Noah Miller Chair of the Department of Pediatrics; Pediatric Nephrologist

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Stephen Cha, MD

Director, Pediatric Hypertension Clinic; Pediatric Nephrologist


Kirsten Kusumi, MD

Pediatric Nephrologist


Deepti Narla, MD

Pediatric Nephrologist


Rupesh Raina, MD, FACP, FAAP

Pediatric Nephrologist


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.

Complete study details and description

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Ferimoxytol vs. Iron Sucrose 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.

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What Should Families Expect When They Come for an Appointment?

At Akron Children’s, your child’s health and safety is our priority. Please continue to bring your child for wellness visits, vaccinations or sick care appointments that keep children healthy. We want to assure you that we have taken additional precautions to ensure a safe environment for your child and family. The following are additional safety efforts, in addition to our normal cleaning protocols, that we are taking to help you be comfortable bringing your child to an appointment.

Masking and Other Safety Protocols

Akron Children’s has a number of safety protocols in place for our patients and visitors in order to provide a safe hospital environment.

Some of the Conditions We Treat...

hypertension, high blood pressure, kidney disease, kidney stones, renal failure, fluid and electrolyte disorder, Glomerulonephritis, Henoch-Schonlein Purpura, Acute Renal Failure, Chronic Kidney Disease, Disorders of Mineral Metabolism, Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, Kidney Stones, Kidney Tumors, Liver Tumors, Lupus, Nephrotic Syndrome, Posterior Urethral Valves, Proteinuria, Urinary Tract Infection, Bartter syndrome

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