Program highlights

  • One of the few in the country with the expertise to perform transplants on children under one year of age
  • Transplants kidneys from living-related and cadaver donors

A pioneer in pediatric kidney transplant

An early pioneer in pediatric kidney transplantation, St. Louis Children's Hospital performed its first kidney transplant in 1964. The major program took hold in 1970. Over the last three decades, research and surgical innovations developed at Washington University School of Medicine have dramatically improved the outlook for pediatric renal patients.

With improved immunosuppressive medications, better medical management and the use of adult kidneys for children and infants, transplantation has become the treatment of choice for children whose kidneys no longer function due to end-stage renal disease.

Why Choose Us?

St. Louis Children’s Hospital is consistently ranked among the nation’s best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, the most comprehensive source of quality-related information on U.S. pediatric hospitals. We follow one simple mission – to do what’s right for kids. That mission comes to life through medical discovery, innovative therapies and compassionate care.

Best Children's Hospitals

We offer world-class care to children thanks in part to generous gifts from hundreds of people who have joined us as Guardians of Childhood. This philanthropic support enables us to fulfill our mission to do what's right for kids. Join us in making health care better for all children.

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