Children's Kidney Transplant Program

If your child has end-stage renal disease and needs a kidney transplant, we can help.

The kidney transplant program at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh is one of the most active in the world.

We did our first kidney transplant in 1964. Since then, we've helped hundreds of children and teens in need of a new kidney.

To learn more, call the kidney transplant team at UPMC Children's Hospital at 412-692-5182.

Helping Kids Be Kids

The kidneys are crucial for removing waste and extra fluids from the body. When they stop working, waste builds up and causes kidney failure.

A transplant is the best treatment for kidney failure. It also lets your child avoid or stop dialysis, which takes time away from friends, school, and hobbies.

The goal of the kidney transplant program at UPMC Children's Hospital is to restore your child's health and wellness.

The types of transplants we do include:

  • Living-donor kidney transplants.
  • Deceased-donor kidney transplants.
  • Liver/kidney transplants.
  • Multivisceral/kidney transplants.

Our experts did the world's first living-related pediatric kidney/bone marrow transplant.

Why Choose UPMC Children's for Your Child's Kidney Transplant?

Our program was one of the first in the world to use tacrolimus as its main immune suppressant drug.

As a result:

  • Long-term patient and graft survival rates are among the best in the world.
  • Most children can stop taking chronic maintenance steroids.

Current live-donor kidney transplant pretreatment with alemtuzumab allows us to avoid steroids after transplant.

Learn more facts about kidney transplants at UPMC Children's (PDF).

Contact the Kidney Transplant Program at UPMC Children's

If you have questions or concerns about your child's kidney disease or transplant, call our team at 412-692-5182.