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Barnabas Health Children’s Kidney Center Celebrates 20 Years

07/29/2016

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 disorders.

“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 families.”

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, please call 973-322-5264 or visit our website.

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