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  • To be a world class training institution of Pediatric Nephrology and be recognized as a premiere fellowship training center in the Asia-Pacific.

  • To be of service in diagnosing and managing all Filipino pediatric patients with complex renal diseases.

  • To have all pediatric end stage renal disease patients transplanted by the year 2020.

  • To produce relevant researches that will be presented and published locally and internationally.


  • To provide service through optimum medical care to the Filipino children in terms of diagnosis and management of pediatric kidney disorders.

  • To provide a comprehensive clinical training and research experience designed to make competent, independent academic pediatric nephrologists in the country.

This Vision and Mission is aligned with the Institute.

About Us

In 1987, the Section of Pediatric Nephrology instituted the Fellowship Training Program in Pediatric Nephrology.  After 13 years, in 2000, the section became a new separate department from the Adult Nephrology.

With the mission to attain medical excellence and share the department’s expertise nationwide, the successful graduates of the Pediatric Nephrology Training Program are strategically practicing in different parts of the country, Asia, Canada and the United States.


  1. Out-Patient Department:

        Kidney Transplant Clinic : 1pm - 5pm
        UTI/Pediatric Urology Clinic: 10am -12nn
        General Nephrology Clinic:  1pm - 5pm

        HSP Nephritis, Lupus Nephritis, IgA Nephropathy,
        IgM Nephropathy Clinic:  10am - 12nn
        General Nephrology Clinic: 1pm - 5pm

        ESRD/Hypertension Clinic:  1pm to 5pm
  1. Emergency Department

    Pediatric patients are seen at Emergency Department by Pediatric Nephrology fellow on duty, ED Officer or by house staff/practicing pediatrician. They are evaluated and managed accordingly.
  1. Admissions

    General pediatric pay patients are admitted in the pediatric unit, Ward 3E, while pediatric service renal patients are accommodated in the service beds (6- bed capacity) in the same unit. Contagious diseases (Varicella, Rubella, Rubeola, Tuberculosis and Typhoid Fever) are discouraged from being admitted to maintain an environment favorable for our immunocompromised patients.
  1. Dialysis

    The department also provides renal replacement therapy for end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients in the form of peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis. The types of peritoneal dialysis are Chronic Intermittent Peritoneal Dialysis (CIPD) or Chronic Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD)and Automated Peritoneal Dialysis (APD). Hemodialysis is performed in our Hemodialysis Unit which is equipped with more than 12 state-of-the-art machines in the inpatient Main Hemodialysis Unit and 31 hemodialysis machines in the outpatient Hemodialysis Clinic which are both staffed by highly competent nurses and technicians.
  1. Pediatric Transplantation

    Kidney transplantation is promoted as the optimal treatment for ESRD in children. Pre-emptive kidney transplantation, i.e., to transplant the patient as soon as ESRD ensues without dialysis, is also encouraged.
  1. Biopsy

    Ultrasound-Guided Percutaneous Renal Biopsy is also done in children, averaging 10-15 biopsies per month.
  1. CAKUT

       Children with congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUT) are also evaluated and  assessed for corrective surgery by the pediatric urology team.

Our Expert Team 


Ofelia R. De Leon, MD

Training Officer:

Ma. Angeles G. Marbella, MD


Zenaida L. Antonio, MD (Immediate Past Chair)


Myrna B. Rosel, MD (Past Chair)


Violeta M. Valderrama, MD


Ma. Lorna Lourdes L. Simangan, MD


Ma. Isabel M. Vilvar, MD


Esther T. Medina, MD


Alma A. Borja, MD


Ma. Norma V. Zamora, MD


Dolores D. Bonzon, MD


Naomi G. Holgado, MD


Venus Iris T. Tubeo, MD


Rachelle C. Dela Cruz, MD


Ana Rose Dy-Vicente, MD


Maria Rosario S. Cruz, MD

Contact Us

Mailing Address:        

Department of Pediatric Nephrology


National Kidney and Transplant Institute


East Avenue, Quezion City 1100



Email Address:

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Contact Numbers:     

(63) (2) 8981-0300, 8981-0400 local 2172

Business Days & Hours:

Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm                           

Training Program 

Quality Objectives:

To provide optimum medical care to Filipino children afflicted with renal diseases which include Renal Replacement Therapy (RRT) options and kidney transplantation to children with ESRD.

To enhance the knowledge, skills and attitude of the trainees to become competent pediatric nephrologists of the country.

To come up with quality research papers on current experiences and treatment modalities.

The fellowship training in Pediatric Nephrology at National Kidney & Transplant Institute is a two-year program. It is accredited by the Philippine Society of Nephrology and the Pediatric Nephrology Society of the Philippines, recognized by the Philippine Pediatric Society.

After the training, the fellow shall be an expert in pediatric renal diseases and its care, renal replacement therapy like peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis, as well as kidney transplantation.  Fellows are given first-hand experience in all procedures and management of the patients with close supervision of the service consultants.

Fellows are also exposed in performing kidney biopsy and interpretation of light, immunofluorescence and electron microscopy of renal tissue through the Department of Laboratory Medicine and in the interpretation of uro-imaging studies through the Department of Radiology.They are also involved in hospital-wide,departmental and inter-hospital conferences.

The Pediatric Nephrology training program is highlighted by completion of one case report and at least one research paper.

Regular Conferences

  • Hospital-wide monthly conferences (9:00AM- 11AM)
  • Wednesday weekly department conferences (3:00PM-5:00PM)
  • Quarterly Televideo Conference with Professor Joshua Zaritsky, Head, Division of Pediatric Nephrology at Dupont Children’s Hospital, Jefferson University in Delaware, Philadelphia, USA
  • Friday or Monday chart review, Journal Club, Avner Club weekly


Application Process

The Department of Pediatric Nephrology is accepting applications for its two-year Fellowship Training Program. Interested applicants may submit their requirements at the Pediatric Nephrology Office, 2nd floor, Annex I Building, NKTI. The applicant will be informed of their schedule for interview and written exam.

Application Period: March – May (midyear) and September – November (yearend)

For inquiries, please call 981-0300 loc. 3132 or 09178402689


   1. Updated Curriculum Vitae

   2.  Application Form

   3.  Application Letter addressed to chairman

   4.  Certification of PPS Specialty Board (at least written exam)

   5.  Certificate of Residency

   6.  Pediatric Advance Life Support (PALS) Certificate Card

   7.  Board Certificate and PRC License

   8.  Board rating

   9.  Certificate of Internship

  10.Transcript of Records

  11.Class Ranking with general weighted average

  12.Diploma from Medical School

  13. 2 Recommendation letters from 2 previous consultants from applicant’s training institution

  14. Application Fee for pre-fellowship (P 500.00)

  15. Pre-fellowship rotation : 1 month

  16. Essay:
         1. Why do you want to take Pediatric Nephrology?
         2. How do you see yourself five years from now?

*Please bring the original and a photocopy of the documents