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Widely recognized as a global leader in kidney transplantation, we specialize in treating children whose particular conditions pose challenges few other medical centers can meet.

Pediatric Kidney Transplant

Our Kidney Transplant program is widely recognized as a global leader in its field and consistently ranked as one of the top pediatric kidney transplant programs in the nation based on volume and survival rates. In fact, we were number one in pediatric kidney transplant volume in the Western United States during 2014. Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford is also nationally ranked #8 in Nephrology by U.S. News & World Report, the highest ranked children's hospital in California.

Recognized for our program’s success and our dedication to research and innovative treatment, doctors at hospitals around the world regularly refer their patients to us. To date, patients from more than 20 states and seven countries outside the U.S. have been referred to the program. Many of these patients come to us because their conditions pose challenges few other medical centers can meet: newborns with kidney failure from birth; infants with kidney failure caused by structural abnormalities of the bladder and urinary tract at birth; and mothers carrying unborn children with major kidney defects.

For children with chronic kidney disease, the Transplant Readiness and Anticipatory Care (TRAC) Program, provides an innovative approach to care with individualized pre-transplant roadmaps to guide these children through to a successful kidney transplant.

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Kidney Transplant Care Team

  • Stephan Busque, MD, FRCSC

    Stephan Busque, MD, FRCSCDirector, Adult Kidney & Pancreas Transplant Prog

  • Steven Alexander, MD

    Steven Alexander, MDDivision Chief, Pediatric Nephrology

  • Genia Lezotte, RN

  • Gina Ragsdale, RN-BC, BSN

  • Lonisa McCabe, RN, BSN, CNN

  • Michele Espiritu, RN, MSN

  • Jennifer Lee, RN, BSN, CCTC

  • Gerri James, RN, BSN, CCTCTransplant Coordinator

  • Audrey Fong, NPTransplant Coordinator

  • Lynn Kjelson, MPH, MMS, PA-CTransplant Coordinator

  • Anne McGrath, MS, CPNP, CENTransplant Coordinator

  • Kari DiNello, NP

    Kari DiNello, NPTransplant Coordinator

  • Sarah Kinnier, MSWSocial Worker

  • Carmela Buenrostro

    Carmela BuenrostroFinancial Coordinator

  • Cecilia Cura

    Cecilia CuraFinancial Coordinator

  • Rebecca Sullivan

    Rebecca SullivanFinancial Coordinator

  • Mele Toa

    Mele ToaFinancial Coordinator

  • Angela Beadles, PharmD

  • Annette Nasr, RN, PhD

  • Kim SandsAdministrative Associate, Nephrology

  • Irene FantozziPediatric Nephrology and Dialysis Coordinator

  • Karla MarquezPatient Care Coordinator

  • Gloria BaezPatient Care Coordinator

  • Pushpa NandagopalData Coordinator

  • Deepa KurupTransplant Quality Manager

  • Melanie Merrill-KennedyRegulatory Compliance