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Sevilla, Complejo Hospitalario Regional Virgen del Rocio


Pediatric Nephrology Unit


The Pediatric Nephrology Unit is part of the University Hospital Virgen del Rocío (HUVR), located in Sevilla. Our hospital is a tertiary referral public center for Andalucía, which has more than 8,5 millions inhabitants. The Unit is located in a Children’s Hospital integrated in HUVR with a General, Trauma-Orthopedics and Women Teaching Hospitals.

In our Unit, we provide advanced and specialized care for pediatric patients with kidney disease from prenatal age to 18 years old. We are highly specialized in renal replacement therapies such as hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and both living and deceased donor kidney transplantation. We provide patient care 24 hours, 365 days per year, with pediatric nephrologists and dialysis nurses on-call. Since 1979, we have performed more than 390 pediatric kidney transplantations, including infants. Our center is accredited as national reference and expert center for severe chronic kidney disease and dialysis in infants and small children, pediatric kidney transplantation and paired kidney donation.

Our team includes referent renal nurses, clinical research nurse and staff, dieticians, psychologists and social support among others. We work closely with the Pediatric Urology Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Immunology Service, Pathology Service, Radiology Service and many other pediatric subspecialties, providing the multidisciplinary care necessary for most chronic pediatric patients attended in our Unit.
We participate in several clinical trials and academic research projects in the field of glomerular diseases, tubulopathies, ESRD, pediatric dialysis, kidney diseases and kidney transplantation. Our research is focused in the field of pediatric transplantation and rare kidney diseases.


Senior clinician experts


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Francisco De la Cerda Ojeda   (HCP Lead)   [e-mail]

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Ana Edith Calvarro Hernandez   [e-mail]

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Pedro Herrera Bernal   [e-mail]

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Julia Lopez-Viota   [e-mail]

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Ana Moreno   [e-mail]

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Rafael Perez   [e-mail]

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Rosa Ruiz Romero   [e-mail]

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Elia Valderrabanos Sanchez   [e-mail]

Junior clinician experts


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David Canalejo Gonzalez   (HCP Deputy Lead)   [e-mail]

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Sebastian Perez Roldan   [e-mail]

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Adela Rodriguez Barba   [e-mail]

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Angela Rojas Garcia   [e-mail]

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Miguel Angel Romero Sanchez   [e-mail]



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Rocio Cabrera   [e-mail]

Clinical research coordinators


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Cristina Benitez Mendias   [e-mail]

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Juan Chain de la Bastida   [e-mail]

Disease expertise

» Pediatric CKD & dialysis
» Pediatric kidney transplantation


Dr. Francisco De la Cerda Ojeda
Telephone: +34955012942 (312942
Fax: +34 955 012 92


» Pediatric Nephrology Unit