What We Treat

Conditions that may lead to kidney failure

  • Alport syndrome
  • Dysplastic or cystic kidneys
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Goodpasture’s syndrome
  • Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS)
  • Lupus erythematosis
  • Nephrotic syndrome
  • Nephropathy
  • Urinary reflux or posterior urethral valves
  • Wegener’s syndrome

Learn how the kidneys works

Services We Offer

Kidney transplant process

The Children's Carlos and Marguerite Mason Transplant Center provides full pre- and posttransplant services for children who need a kidney transplant.

Pre-transplant evaluation

Before your child is approved for a pediatric kidney transplant, he will undergo a pre-transplant evaluation—a series of tests that may include a routine medical exam, blood tests, imaging tests, breathing tests and other evaluations.

If your child meets all of the standards from the pre-transplant evaluation and the child, family and kidney transplant team may decide that a kidney transplant is the best option, the next step is to place your child's name on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) waitlist.

Learn more about UNOS

Kidney transplant

A kidney transplant provides your child with a healthy kidney from a donor. There are two main types of kidney transplants, a deceased donor transplant and living donor transplant.

  • A deceased donor transplant provides your child with a kidney from a person who has recently died. To receive a deceased donor kidney, you child is placed on the UNOS list.
  • A living donor is a person who volunteers to give your child one of his kidneys. The donor's remaining kidney works well enough for him to have a normal quality of life. Your child's new kidney takes over the work of two failed kidneys.

Learn more about deceased donor transplants

Learn more about living donor transplants

Kidney paired donation

Children's also offers paired donor exchange. A paired donor exchange transplant takes place when two patients have identified healthy donors who are not compatible themselves, but are a match for someone else. The two patients exchange donor kidneys, so they each receive a compatible kidney.

Children's Paired Donor Exchange Program helps reduce wait times for potential transplant recipients, making optimal use of willing donors.

Learn more about kidney paired donation 

After the transplant

A kidney transplant changes the life of your child and your family. Our team is here to help you in any way that we can.

Learn what to expect after your child's kidney transplant

Innovative research

In conjunction with Emory University School of Medicine, our nephrology team is committed to excellence and innovation in pediatric kidney research. We are devoted to developing new and better preventive, diagnostic services and treatments through research.

Learn more about research at Children's

Our Unique Approach

Why choose Children's?

Children's is home to one of the largest pediatric kidney transplant programs in the country. Combining the latest proven technology and research with a caring, child-friendly approach, makes Children's a top choice for pediatric kidney transplantation. 

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Meet the Team

Kidney transplant team

Led by Nicole Turgeon, M.D., Surgical Director, and Barry Warshaw, M.D., Medical Director, the Children's Kidney Transplant team is dedicated to caring for infants, children and young adults before, during and after pediatric kidney transplantation. Our team includes the following pediatric nephrologists and kidney transplant surgeons:

 

Helpful Resources

Transplant camps, events and support groups

Family involvement is a crucial part of recovery. That's why we offer programs and events that involve the entire family.

Learn more and get involved

Family support services

Transplant patients and their families have basic and extraordinary mental, physical, emotional and spiritual needs, and Children's has many services available to meet them.

Learn more about what you can expect during your stay

Transitional housing

Many families travel great distances to Children's for transplantation. To meet the needs of those families, we offer transitional or temporary housing options that have been carefully chosen for safety, cleanliness, amenities and proximity. The housing options for transplant patients include the Mason Guest House and the Ronald McDonald House near Egleston.

Learn more about our temporary housing options, transportation for out-of-town patients and amenities