ERKNet Reference Center


Padua, Azienda Ospedaliera di Padova


UOC Nefrologia Dialisi e Trapianto


The Paediatric Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplant Unit is the referral centre in North-East Italy for the diagnosis and treatment of nephropathies and of acute and chronic renal failure in the overall paediatric age. The Unit is a national centre of excellence for paediatric renal transplantation, with nearly 500 transplants performed, especially in low body weight children and in those with urological comorbidities. It has 4 attending physicians, a house staff of 8-10 residents and interns, 24 renal nurses, 4 intermediate care technicians, 1 dietician, 1 data manager, 1 clinical psychologist and 1 social worker. The Unit is divided into a semi-intensive care department equipped with 12 beds (350 hospitalizations per year), a service of haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis (3500 sessions performed per year). Also, we provide the full spectrum of acute renal replacement therapies, ranging from neonatal to adolescent age. We handle about 3900 outpatient visits in ambulatory care clinics, which offer specialized treatment for congenital anomalies of kidney and urinary tract, primary and secondary glomerulonephritis, tubulopathies, rare diseases and systemic hypertension. The Unit includes a Laboratory of Immunopathology and Molecular Biology of the Kidney and hosts academical activities for the School of Medicine, the School of Paediatrics and Nephrology, the Ph. D. School in Developmental and Planning Sciences and the Masterschool in Paediatric Nephrology at the University of Padua. The Unit is a coordinating and a participating Centre in several national and international studies, ranging from clinical trials to translational research.


Senior clinician experts


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Elisa Benetti   (HCP Lead)   [e-mail]

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Germana Longo   [e-mail]

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Davide Meneghesso   [e-mail]
Mattia Parolin   [e-mail]

Clinicians in training


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Nicola Bertazza Partigiani   [e-mail]

Laboratory researchers

Andrea Carraro   [e-mail]
Susanna Negrisolo   [e-mail]

Clinical research coordinators


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Marina Bottazzi   [e-mail]

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Jose Maria Igeno San Miguel   [e-mail]

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Emanuele Vianello   [e-mail]

Disease expertise

» Hereditary glomerulopathies
» Immune glomerulopathies
» Tubulopathies
» Metabolic & stone disorders
» Thrombotic microangiopathies
» AD structural kidney disorders
» Congenital Malformations & Ciliopathies
» Pediatric CKD & dialysis
» Pediatric kidney transplantation


Elisa Benetti(HCP Lead), Germana Longo
Telephone: 39-049-8213596
Fax: 39-049-8211401


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