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Kidney Care

As one of the largest pediatric nephrology departments in Northern California, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals Pediatric Kidney Care has the experience, equipment and experts necessary to deliver the best possible care to babies and children with kidney or urinary tract diseases. We are adept at assessing and treating the youngest patients with acute kidney failure, or sudden loss of kidney function.

When a child's kidneys aren't able to do their job, we have programs in place that have been highly successful in returning young patients to a normal life. Our Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program is one of the oldest and most experienced in the U.S., while our Pediatric Dialysis Unit is one of only two centers in Northern California specializing in this lifesaving therapy for infants, children and adolescents.

Our services

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Kidney Clinic

Kidney Clinic

San Francisco / Oakland / Modesto / Pleasanton / Salinas / San Ramon / S...

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Kidney Transplant Program

Kidney Transplant Program

San Francisco / Fresno / Modesto / Monterey / Santa Rosa

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Pediatric Dialysis Unit

Pediatric Dialysis Unit

1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158

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Pediatric Hypertension Program

Pediatric Hypertension Program

1825 Fourth St., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158

Awards & recognition

  • us news nephrology ranking badge 2020-2021

    One of the nation’s best in nephrology

  • us news ranked in 10 specialites badge 2020-2021

    Ranked among the nation's best in 10 specialties

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Child Life

Certified child life specialists ease the stress and anxiety of childhood illness through therapeutic play, schooling and family-focused support.

Family Amenities

Family-friendly amenities help you relax and take care of yourself while staying close to your child. We offer lounges, kitchens, showers, breastfeeding rooms and more.

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Social Services

Social workers ease the effect of illness, injury and hospitalization on your family with counseling and assistance to help you navigate the challenges.

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Activity Rooms

Activity rooms offer a relaxed environment for children of all ages. Features include a playroom, digital arts studio and teen lounge. Find out more.

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Art Therapy

Art therapy helps kids and families express themselves, making it easier to cope with pediatric health issues. Group and bedside services are available.

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Music Therapy Program

Board-certified music therapists help kids cope with illness and the feelings that come with it. Find out about group activities and bedside therapy.

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School Program

Our schoolroom services and individual learning programs help children hospitalized at UCSF continue their education and get ready to return to school.

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School Re-Entry Program

After hospitalization, we help kids return to school by educating staff and students about their needs and recommending needed accommodations. Read more.

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Individual Playtime & Instruction

If your child can't be around other kids for medical reasons, you can sign up for private sessions in our activity and school rooms. Find out how.

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Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance

Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.

Family Resource Center

We help families cope with the challenges of childhood illness and hospitalization in a relaxing environment where parents can get a much-needed break.

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Parent Support Program

Weekly activities, including knitting, scrapbooking, chair massage and more, help family caregivers get a much-needed break. Find out more.

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Patient Relations

Patient relations reps and nursing supervisors are here to answer questions and address concerns. Learn about your rights, how to reach us and more.

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Spiritual Care

Chaplains help UCSF patients, families and staff cope with the spiritual and emotional challenges of childhood illness. Learn more.

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International Services

If you're coming to UCSF from outside the U.S., we coordinate your child's appointments and provide other helpful services. Here's how to get started.

Stress-free visits

Accommodations. Admissions. Procedure prep. Get the info you need for smoother hospital stays.

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