The Weill Cornell Medicine pediatric kidney transplant program has been around almost as long as the adult program, with the first transplant in a pediatric patient occurring in early 1964.
Today, the multidisciplinary pediatric kidney transplant program crosses several specialties, with an integrated healthcare team comprised of transplant surgeons, pediatric nephrologists and pediatric urologists, as well as pediatricians, psychiatrists, nutritionists, social workers, and pharmacists.
Using this team approach, the Center is able to provide continuity of care to patients and their families throughout the length of the child's illness and treatment, pre- and post-surgery.
The kidney transplantation team includes pediatric urologists who are renowned for reconstructive surgical procedures to enhance the chance of a successful outcome after transplantation by correcting kidney and/or bladder abnormalities in a child before the transplant. Their goal is to help children achieve continence while ensuring the survival of the transplanted kidney.
Patients and family members also receive comprehensive transplant counseling throughout the process from the decision to transplant through recovery.
Our pediatric transplant coordinator will manage appointments and testing so that patients and families receive seamless care from the physicians and health professionals they have come to know.
This helps families to manage the fear, worry, and confusion that may surround your child’s health condition. We know this is a stressful time, and we will do everything in our power to make your child’s transplant journey as smooth as possible.
By applying new surgical techniques and approaches to expand the donor pool, the Center for Pediatric Transplant and Advanced Kidney and Urologic Diseases continues to make strides in pediatric kidney transplantation.
An active Living Donor Program enables the Center to offer pre-emptive kidney transplantation (transplant prior to needing dialysis).
The transplant team is also skilled in transplanting adult kidneys into children. These larger kidneys have more reserve and usually function better than pediatric donor kidneys. In addition, leading-edge therapies are used to help reduce the side effects of anti-rejection drugs, and we routinely use a medication protocol that avoids long-term use of steroids.
Visit the NewYork-Presbyterian Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children's Health website to learn more about pediatric kidney transplantation.