At Cook Children's, your child will receive the best possible care and support from our team of four pediatric nephrologists, specialized nurses, nutritionists, social workers and Child Life specialists. We have extensive training and experience specific to pediatric patients, whose diagnoses and symptoms differ greatly from adult renal patients.
Whether your child needs inpatient care, outpatient care, dialysis or even kidney transplantation, our nephrologists provide continuous care through the entire process. With Cook Children's nephrology, you can feel confident that your child will have access to a wide range of the latest medical treatments and technology available at all times.
Uniting to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of kidney disease in kids
Dr. Robert S. Gillespie Medical Director, Nephrology and Kidney Transplantation, and Dr. Blake Palmer, Urology, Cook Children's Medical Center, join together in a discussion about the unique challenges of kidney transplant in children and how Cook Children’s nephrology and urology programs partner to achieve the best possible results.
Cook Children's leading specialists offer your child extensive expertise in the treatment and care of nephrology, urology and kidney related illnesses, diseases, and disorders.
Meet our doctors:
Your child's care team
Along with doctors and nurses, specialized caregivers are here to help support your child and your family throughout your child's care. These team members include:
Child Life specialists: Our Child Life specialists talk with your child about what to expect during testing and treatment. They use models and diagrams to explain care in terms your child can understand. They also offer distractions, such as games or toys, during
Clinical therapists: We understand that treatment for kidney diseases can interfere with your child's daily routine. And we know that visits to the doctor's office can cause anxiety. Our clinical therapists are here to help. They provide mental health support for your family throughout treatment. And don't be surprised to see a furry friend. Our pet therapy dogs frequently visit our program.
Dietitians: Many children with kidney disease need to follow a special diet. Our dietitians can help create a meal plan that fits your child's needs. And they can recommend vitamin and nutrition supplements to support your child's healthy growth.
Pharmacists: Our pharmacists review your child's current medications and explain any new medications that are needed. Throughout treatment, they help you understand any changes in your child's medications. They can also help set up a daily medication schedule.
Social workers: Our social workers ensure you have the resources you need while your child receives care at Cook Children's. They also help you find accommodations if you are traveling to Fort Worth for care.
We're here to help
If you have questions or you'd like to schedule an appointment, refer a patient or speak to our team, call our offices at 682-885-4560.