Andrew Atz, MD
Interim 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 and renal failure. Children with chronic renal failure and end-stage renal disease are treated by a high-skilled team offering hemodialysis, outpatient peritoneal dialysis and renal transplant.
Notably, the division of nephrology has established the pediatric hypertension program and pediatric kidney stone clinic as well as the vasculitis/lupus nephritis and the transition clinics. The division has expanded and improved continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) options and protocols. The division also maintains membership in the Midwest Pediatric Nephrology Consortium.
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 chronic dialysis patients. The division provides electives in nephrology to third and fourth year medical students and for pediatric residents. The nephrology elective offers an in-depth exposure, wherein the house officer is given the chance to review the current literature and to participate in clinical research.
The U.S. News & World Report rankings 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: