Andrew Atz, MD
Chair, Department of Pediatrics
The division of nephrology provides comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services for children with all types of renal disease including hypertension, urinary tract infections, acute and chronic glomerulonephritis, nephrotic syndrome and renal failure. Children with chronic renal failure and end-stage renal disease are treated by a high-skilled team offering hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and renal transplant.
Notably, the division of nephrology and the division of transplant surgery have established the only multidisciplinary pediatric kidney transplant clinic in the state of South Carolina, which offers care to children who are being evaluated for a kidney transplant as well as those who are post-transplant. The division also maintains membership in the Midwest Pediatric Nephrology Consortium (MWPNC), which is a nationwide group of pediatric nephrology care team members with the goal to improve and promote high quality care of pediatric nephrology patients though collaborative clinical and translational research.
More than 1,500 visits are handled in the pediatric nephrology clinic each year. Weekly seminars deal with renal pathology, nephrology, urology, and patient-care problems. The house officer is exposed to a variety of renal problems and participates in the care of dialysis and transplant patients. The division provides electives in nephrology to third and fourth year medical students and for pediatric residents.
The U.S. News & World Report rankings once again place the MUSC Children’s Hospital heart program among the top 20 in the country. Six MUSC Children’s Hospital divisions are honored in the rankings: