About Us

Pediatric Nephrology

The Division of Pediatric Nephrology is a tertiary referral center for North and Central Florida and the surrounding states. Our Division offers special expertise in the care of very young children with renal failure and in the care of patients with complex renal abnormalities who require dialysis and transplantation.

The Division of Pediatric Nephrology provides diagnosis and treatment for infants, children, and adolescents with all forms of acute and chronic kidney disease. There are approximately 3600 outpatient visits and 350 admissions each year. These include infants, children, and adolescents with a variety of bladder and kidney problems, patients with hypertension and electrolyte abnormalities, and the assessment of pregnant women carrying a fetus with a renal abnormality noted on ultrasound. Physicians over the entire tri-state area call for consultations, as do the faculty of the University of Florida Health Science Center who need joint consultative care of the complex pediatric problems.


U.S News Best Children's Hospital Badge 2021-2022

Nationally Ranked

The pediatric nephrology program at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is ranked as one of the best programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.


Our Team

Faculty

Lawrence R Shoemaker

Lawrence R Shoemaker M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor And Chief

Larry T Patterson

Larry T Patterson M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor

Kiran K Upadhyay

Kiran K Upadhyay M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor

Fellows

Clinical & Administrative Staff

Clinic Coordinator

Zach Betty, LPN

Zach has been a part of the Pediatric Nephrology team since July of 2016. His role is multifaceted in that it he carries out a variety of responsibilities such as hands on patient care to office administrative demands. Zach is currently working to expand his education as he peruses a degree in healthcare administration.

Zach Betty, LPN

Kidney Transplant Team

Rachel Bush, ARNP

Rachel Bush

April Ellis

Dragonfly

Felicia Johns

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