U.S. News Best Children's Hospitals

Top-Ranked Pediatric Hospitals for Nephrology

These are the 50 top-ranked centers for children with serious kidney disorders. Survival following kidney transplant, biopsy complications and overall infection prevention were among the factors making up 75 percent of the score, based mostly on data from a U.S. News survey of children's hospitals. The other 25 percent reflects how many of 450 pediatric nephrologists surveyed in 2011, 2012 and 2013 recommended the hospital.

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Rank Hospital U.S. News Score Reputation with specialists Kidney transplant survival Preventing biopsy complications Use of infection-preventing measures Prevention of ICU infections Prevention of dialysis-related infections
#1

Boston Children's Hospital

Boston, MA

100.0 / 100

Very strong

100

Score: 72.0%

Very strong: 50.0% and above

High

75

Score: 21

High: 21 or 22 out of 24

High

100

Score: 3

High: 3 out of 3

Superior

100

Score: 41

Superior: 41 to 44 out of 44

Significant

50

Score: 4

Significant: 3 or 4 out of 6

Very high

100

Score: 11

Very high: 11 or 12 out of 12

#2

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Cincinnati, OH

98.8 / 100

Very strong

100

Score: 63.9%

Very strong: 50.0% and above

Very high

100

Score: 23

Very high: 23 or 24 out of 24

Average

50

Score: 2

Average: 1 or 2 out of 3

Superior

100

Score: 41

Superior: 41 to 44 out of 44

Superior

100

Score: 5

Superior: 5 or 6 out of 6

Very high

100

Score: 12

Very high: 11 or 12 out of 12

#3

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA

94.6 / 100

Very strong

100

Score: 55.8%

Very strong: 50.0% and above

Very high

100

Score: 23

Very high: 23 or 24 out of 24

High

100

Score: 3

High: 3 out of 3

Superior

100

Score: 44

Superior: 41 to 44 out of 44

Significant

50

Score: 4

Significant: 3 or 4 out of 6

High

75

Score: 9

High: 8 to 10 out of 12

#4

Seattle Children's Hospital

Seattle, WA

93.1 / 100

Very strong

100

Score: 68.9%

Very strong: 50.0% and above

Very high

100

Score: 23

Very high: 23 or 24 out of 24

High

100

Score: 3

High: 3 out of 3

Very good

75

Score: 40

Very good: 35 to 40 out of 44

Significant

50

Score: 3

Significant: 3 or 4 out of 6

Average

50

Score: 7

Average: 5 to 7 out of 12

#5

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford

Palo Alto, CA

85.2 / 100

Strong

75

Score: 38.1%

Strong: 15.0%-​49.9%

Very high

100

Score: 24

Very high: 23 or 24 out of 24

High

100

Score: 3

High: 3 out of 3

Very good

75

Score: 39

Very good: 35 to 40 out of 44

Significant

50

Score: 4

Significant: 3 or 4 out of 6

High

75

Score: 9

High: 8 to 10 out of 12

#6

Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics

Kansas City, MO

84.7 / 100

Strong

75

Score: 27.7%

Strong: 15.0%-​49.9%

Very high

100

Score: 23

Very high: 23 or 24 out of 24

High

100

Score: 3

High: 3 out of 3

Superior

100

Score: 43

Superior: 41 to 44 out of 44

Modest

25

Score: 2

Modest: 1 or 2 out of 6

Very high

100

Score: 11

Very high: 11 or 12 out of 12

#7

Texas Children's Hospital

Houston, TX

81.8 / 100

Strong

75

Score: 37.0%

Strong: 15.0%-​49.9%

Very high

100

Score: 24

Very high: 23 or 24 out of 24

Average

50

Score: 2

Average: 1 or 2 out of 3

Superior

100

Score: 43

Superior: 41 to 44 out of 44

Significant

50

Score: 4

Significant: 3 or 4 out of 6

High

75

Score: 8

High: 8 to 10 out of 12

#8

Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA

Los Angeles, CA

78.7 / 100

Strong

75

Score: 25.8%

Strong: 15.0%-​49.9%

Very high

100

Score: 24

Very high: 23 or 24 out of 24

High

100

Score: 3

High: 3 out of 3

Very good

75

Score: 39

Very good: 35 to 40 out of 44

Significant

50

Score: 4

Significant: 3 or 4 out of 6

Average

50

Score: 7

Average: 5 to 7 out of 12

#9

Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Chicago, IL

77.8 / 100

Strong

75

Score: 15.5%

Strong: 15.0%-​49.9%

High

75

Score: 22

High: 21 or 22 out of 24

High

100

Score: 3

High: 3 out of 3

Superior

100

Score: 44

Superior: 41 to 44 out of 44

Superior

100

Score: 5

Superior: 5 or 6 out of 6

Average

50

Score: 7

Average: 5 to 7 out of 12

#10

Nationwide Children's Hospital

Columbus, OH

77.7 / 100

Strong

75

Score: 22.4%

Strong: 15.0%-​49.9%

High

75

Score: 22

High: 21 or 22 out of 24

High

100

Score: 3

High: 3 out of 3

Superior

100

Score: 44

Superior: 41 to 44 out of 44

Superior

100

Score: 5

Superior: 5 or 6 out of 6

Average

50

Score: 7

Average: 5 to 7 out of 12

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