The Division of Pediatric Nephrology has a pediatric renal transplant population that continues to grow with several new transplants per year. We strive to preemptively transplant our patients whenever possible to avoid the difficulties of dialysis. Children who receive transplants are often those with chronic kidney disease or severe metabolic abnormalities.
A team dedicated to your child
We work with the Transplant Surgery team, both during the evaluation process as well as with the chronic care that is involved post-transplant. Tufts Medical Center’s Transplant team has two exceptional transplant surgeons, Richard Rohrer, MD and Jeffrey Cooper, MD as well as a dedicated care team that includes Deb Basler, NP( transplant coordinator), Shannon Bradley, PharmD (transplant pharmacist) and Tony Lee, LicSW (transplant social worker).
Many of our patients have living relatives or close friends who are donors for their kidney transplant. For our living donors, our transplant surgeons prefer a minimally invasive, laparoscopic approach whenever possible to allow for a shorter recovery time; enabling patients to return to their normal activities as soon as possible. Living donors are not always an option for some of our patients, so your child may be placed on a list for a deceased donor. Given the current guidelines for transplantation, children are often transplanted after being listed for only a short time.
Recovery and transplant success
After transplant, our team uses modern immuosuppression protocols, which minimize graft rejection and also optimize growth and development. These techniques have been used successfully in both infants and older children requiring a kidney transplant.
To make an appointment with one of our expert Pediatric Nephrologists, please call 617-636-8100.