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Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program


A kidney transplant surgery can give a child with chronic kidney disease a new life. A healthy kidney means freedom from dialysis, multiple injections and blood transfusions, along with relief from debilitating symptoms such as weakness and fatigue. A transplant surgery can be life-changing, allowing children to be more active, attend school, travel, have fewer dietary restrictions and just feel better in general.

Our Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program

In 2001, UC San Diego brought its established pediatric abdominal transplant program to Rady Children’s to help provide transplant patients with specialized pediatric services. Since that time, our transplant team of healthcare professionals/transplant surgeons have performed over 100 pediatric kidney transplants and maintained outcomes well above the national average. The pediatric kidney transplant program is part of the Division of Nephrology, which provides comprehensive care to all pediatric patients with kidney disease, ranging from general kidney problems to dialysis and transplants. The division is routinely recognized as one of the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Tiffany gave Alejandro the ultimate gift — her kidney. Read about their heartwarming reunion.

Our pediatric kidney transplant team works with you or your child before, during and after the kidney transplant surgery. We take a multidisciplinary approach during the transplant process, working closely with the Urology and Rheumatology programs as well as other departments to help address the many common causes of kidney disease. We have social workers, pharmacists, nurses, child life specialists and financial coordinators who specialize in the care of the kidney transplant patients, and this team follows your child through their transplant process and journey. We are able to provide desensitization therapies for patients with high antibody levels and participate in paired exchange programs for pediatric patients with living donors who are not compatible.


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Pediatric Transplant Resources

National Kidney Foundation – San Diego Chapter

The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients
The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) supports the ongoing evaluation of the scientific and clinical status of organ transplantations in the United States. In addition to national statistics, SRTR provides center-specific reports that profile individual transplant programs, describing their waiting list populations, transplant patients, and outcomes. Some comparison of patients and outcomes is made to national profiles.

United Network for Organ Sharing
The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is a non-profit organization that administers the nation’s only Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN). In addition to facilitating organ matching and placement, UNOS collects and manages data about every transplant in the U.S. and develops organ transplantation policy. All organ transplant institutions in the U.S. use the UNOS transplantation information database to register patients for transplants, match donated organs to waiting patients, and manage the data of all patients, both before and after their transplants. The UNOS database contains the status of organ donation and transplantation on national, regional and statewide levels, as well as current and historical information about individual transplant centers.

UNOS Transplant Living

Transplant Experience

Patient Stories

Alejandro got the ultimate gift from a complete stranger. Check out their incredible reunion.

Born with a severe kidney disorder, Santino now thrives. Read about his incredible journey.

Pediatric Transplant Location

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego (Map it)
Nelson Pavilion, Entrance 10
8001 Frost Street
San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: 858-966-8354
Fax: 858-966-5815