Kidney Transplant Program
Learning that your child may need a kidney transplant can be an overwhelming experience. Our Kidney Transplant Program provides you and your child with exceptional care throughout the transplant process, from initial consultation to long-term follow-up.
We performed our first pediatric kidney transplant at Vanderbilt in1963. Now, about 10 children each year receive kidney transplants through our program. Our experience shows us that children who undergo kidney transplants tend to have a more active quality of life compared to other children who stay on dialysis.
Call our transplant coordinator to schedule a consultation: (615) 322-7416
The first step in kidney transplant: evaluation
When your child is referred to our program, we will schedule an initial consultation. This visit helps us determine the severity of your child’s condition and whether a transplant is needed. We will get to know you and your child, and you will have the opportunity to know us. During this visit we will answer your questions and together, determine the next steps for your child’s care.
Who you will see in our program
- Pediatric nephrologists
- Transplant surgeons
- Pediatric urologists
- A specialized pediatric transplant pharmacist
- Our transplant coordinator, who will schedule visits and be your direct contact
- Specialists in transplant social work, child life, and financial counseling
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