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Choosing Our Team

At Cook Children's, your child will receive the best possible care and support from our team of four pediatric nephrologists, specialized nurses, nutritionists, social workers and Child Life specialists. We have extensive training and experience specific to pediatric patients, whose diagnoses and symptoms differ greatly from adult renal patients.

Whether your child needs inpatient care, outpatient care, dialysis or even kidney transplantation, our nephrologists provide continuous care through the entire process. With Cook Children's nephrology, you can feel confident that your child will have access to a wide range of the latest medical treatments and technology available at all times.

Dr. Gillespie with patient

Uniting to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of kidney disease in kids

Dr. Robert S. Gillespie Medical Director, Nephrology and Kidney Transplantation, and Dr. Blake W. Palmer, Medical Director, Urology Cook Children's Medical Center, join together in a discussion about the unique challenges of kidney transplant in children and how Cook Children’s nephrology and urology programs partner to achieve the best possible results.

Cook Children's leading specialists offer your child extensive expertise in the treatment and care of nephrology, urology and kidney related illnesses, diseases, and disorders.

Meet our doctors:

Conditions treated

The nephrology team at Cook Children's offers a program with a wide range of services using the latest technological advances.

  • Chronic kidney failure
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Kidney disorders
  • Hematuria
  • Proteinuria
  • Kidney stones
  • Hypertension
  • Renal transplantation
  • Nephritis
  • Nephrotic syndrome
  • Kidney disease
  • Urinary
  • End stage renal disease
Meet Hunter, a Cook Children’s Nephrology patient with a flair for celebrating.

Cook Children's Renal Transplant program

Cook Children's Renal Transplant program is one of the few certified pediatric transplant centers in Texas. In 2008, Cook Children's dialysis unit received the Achievement of Recognized Facility status and the Achievement of Benchmark Facility status which places the program in the top 10 percent of all Texas facilities for anemia management for end of stage renal disease patients.

Dietician on staff

The Nephrology Clinic at Cook Children's has a dietitian on staff to help you and your child – and for the matter, your family – with nutrition needs. When your child is in the clinic, the nephrologist may ask the dietitian to see your child in order to provide nutrition recommendations that can help manage your child's condition.

Our dietitians are available to:

  • Understand your child's energy and protein goals.
  • Make sure your child is growing well.
  • Understand how much sodium, potassium, phosphorus and fluid your child should have and help you modify your child's diet to meet these needs.
  • Identify the right types of vitamin and mineral supplements for your child.
  • Monitor and make changes to your child's tube feeding.

To contact your dietitian, Jessica Holy, please call: 682-885-3617.

We're here to help.

If your child has been diagnosed, you probably have lots of questions. We can help. If you would like to schedule an appointment, refer a patient or speak to our staff, please call our offices at 682-885-4260.