Pictured is Isabel Roberti, MD, Director of the Children’s Kidney
Center, along with a pateint at the 20th Anniversary Celebration held by the Barnabas Health Children’s Kidney
Center on June 5, 2016.
Livingston, N.J. - For the past 20 years, the
Barnabas Health Children’s Kidney Center has been improving the quality of life for New Jersey’s youngest
patients with renal disease, renal dysfunction and hypertension. Started
as the first complete pediatric nephrology service in the state, it has
established a reputation built on technical excellence, clinical research
and advocacy for families whose children suffer from nephrologic and hypertensive
“When a child’s kidneys are not working, the whole body’s
physiology changes,” explains Isabel Roberti, MD, Director of the
Children’s Kidney Center. “The digestive system doesn’t
function normally, brain development and bone growth are impaired, even
taste sensation is affected. The kidney performs many functions, but dialysis
can only correct a few of them.” It requires an interdisciplinary
team of pediatric specialists to coordinate the care of children with
renal disease and for many of the tiniest patients, transplant is the
only good option.
Since 1996, The Children’s Kidney Center has performed more than
150 kidney transplants in patients between 10 months and 19 years of age
with excellent results. With nearly three quarters of their patients receiving
kidneys through living donation – mostly from their parents –
the program consistently exceeds national averages for both short-term
and long-term graft survival rates and acute rejection rates.
In addition to transplantation, the center provides treatment for blood
or protein in the urine, inflammatory kidney diseases, urinary tract infections,
hypertension, metabolic diseases of kidney origin, kidney stones and a
variety of immune-mediated conditions affecting the kidneys, including
Lupus. Physicians offer experienced pre-natal counseling for fetal renal
anomalies and genetic diseases diagnosed intra-utero.
Dr. Roberti and the entire pediatric nephrology and transplant team work
closely with parents and families throughout the transplant process. “It
is not just medical expertise and technology that create success stories
in pediatric renal transplantation,” stresses Dr. Roberti. “These
children survive because of the love, strength and dedication of their
While it is difficult to predict how pediatric nephrology and transplantation
will change in the next ten years, one thing is clear – the Barnabas
Health Children’s Kidney Center will continue to bring the highest
quality care to patients in need.
To learn more about the Barnabas Health Children’s Kidney Center,
973-322-5264 or visit