Pediatric Nephrology and Hypertension

Multidisciplinary Team:

Craig Wong, MD, MPH, Division Chief
John Brandt, MD,MPH, Vice Chair
Amy Staples, MD, MPH
Catherine Joseph, MD
Jane Baechle, RN, CNP

Susan Hitchcock, LMSW
Elaine Kozlowski, RN
Susan Jenks, RN, BSN, NCSN
Kirsten R. Watts MS, RD, LD, CSR

The Division of Nephrology at UNM Children’s Hospital is the largest treatment center in New Mexico for infants, children, and adolescents with kidney disorders and high blood pressure. We evaluate and treat patients with kidney diseases and related disorders including abnormalities in the urine, kidney stones, persistent urinary tract infections, kidney birth defects, chronic kidney failure, dialysis and kidney transplantation.

The Nephrology program offers comprehensive services including New Mexico’s only dedicated Pediatric Dialysis Center, which provides inpatient and outpatient hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Pediatric kidney transplantation is performed with UNM Transplant Services in conjunction with Pediatric Nephrology. We perform 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure testing in children, which allows us to identify of elevated blood pressure readings are related to anxiety or if further testing is needed. Other services provided include percutaneous kidney biopsy, assessment for kidney stone risk factors and prevention, nutritional counseling, social work and child life assessments as well.

University Hospital:

Carrie Tingley:


Contact Information:

UNM Hospital,
2211 Lomas Blvd. NE
Ambulatory Care Center,
Pediatrics, 3rd Floor
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131


Carrie Tingley Outpatient Services
1st Floor CTH
1127 University Blvd, NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102

Phone Numbers:
Appointments: (505)272-3887
FAX Number: (505)272-6620

After Hours Patient Care Emergencies:
Kidney doctor on call:

Forms for New Patient Referrals