Kidney (Renal)

The Kidney (Renal) Services at Texas Children’s Hospital is one of largest programs in the world and provides diagnostic, therapeutic and long-term care for infants, children and adolescents with all forms of congenital and acquired kidney diseases. 

Care is provided with an integrated, comprehensive, patient and family centered focus by a team of physicians, advance practice providers, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, social workers, child-life specialists, psychologists, and quality of life leaders.

Texas Children’s Hospital is a national leader in renal replacement therapy (RRT) for critically ill children with acute renal failure, providing, peritoneal dialysis, acute hemodialysis and continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT). We are one of the few pediatric centers in the United States that offers MARS therapy for children with liver failure or drug ingestions.

Our four Houston-area locations have led the way to our #1 ranking in Pediatric Nephrology from U.S. News and World Report. The scope of our kidney care services greatly expanded to serve the Central Texas area with the opening of our Texas Children’s Hospital North Austin Campus in 2024. The Kidney Center in Austin is the only hospital based pediatric dialysis unit in Central Texas and offers 24/7 coverage for inpatient care. It treats pediatric and adolescent patients with chronic and acute kidney disease currently requiring dialysis or who may need dialysis in the future.

Our multidisciplinary teams that provide care for your child include:

  • Dialysis Nurses
  • Physicians (Pediatric Nephrologists)
  • Renal Dietitian
  • Social Worker
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Dialysis Patient Care Technicians
  • Pediatric Surgeons
  • Interventional Radiologists 
  • Biomedical


My name is Rena Dee® and I am a doll that was created by children in the Dialysis unit. For the last 10 years, I have served as a Patient Ambassador for Texas Children’s Hospital’s Renal Program.

In that capacity, I have traveled all over the world. On my 1st tour, I traveled to 10 children’s hospitals — including one in Nottingham, England. My travel luggage includes a passport, a journal, postcards, clothing and photographs of friends. I’m a traveling support group for connecting kids.

In my visits, I encourage wellness and habilitation. Habilitation is all about staying on track so that you can enjoy the best quality of life, like staying in touch with friends. What's more, I say it is cool to be different.

Here’s an interesting detail - I have ALL green features!

Follow me on Twitter and Instagram to see my latest adventures.

Rena Dee

Rena Dee

Ranked #1 in Nephrology

By U.S. News & World Report