Driscoll is committed to bringing our expertise and providing high-quality care to the diverse populations of South Texas closer to the homes of our patients and their families. Our pediatric nephrologists have a long tradition of providing care to children from all over South Texas with clinics serving communities in Corpus Christi, Victoria, Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley.

We take pride in giving our patients and families the individualized attention they deserve.
Partnering with primary care physicians, as well as other specialists, we can optimize patient care and perform necessary tests and procedures in an efficient and timely manner. In addition to our clinic practices, we provide in-patient consultation services and are available on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Conditions We Treat

  • Blood in the urine
  • Protein in the urine
  • Nephrotic syndrome
  • Acute and chronic glomerulonephritis
  • Lupus nephritis
  • Hypertension
  • Cystic kidney disease
  • Acid-base and electrolyte disorders
  • Congenital kidney disease
  • Urinary tract infections and disorders
  • Kidney stones
  • Inherited kidney disorders
Nephrology Patient

End-Stage Renal Disease Program
We have a well-established end-stage renal disease program that offers both in-center hemodialysis and home peritoneal dialysis in both Corpus Christi and McAllen. In addition, we perform in-patient dialysis therapies including continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) in the critical care setting, in collaboration with our team of intensive care specialists, and plasma exchange therapies for a variety of renal and non-renal conditions.

Kidney Biopsies
Kidney biopsies are performed on an outpatient basis in most cases and are read locally by our experienced pediatric pathologists.

Transplant Program
The Driscoll Children's Hospital Kidney Transplant Program is the first and only pediatric kidney transplant program in South Texas. It was established under the direction and leadership of Nephrology and Transplant Surgery in 2006 and enjoys some of the highest success rates in the nation.

Summer Camp
Camp Aranzazu is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with chronic illnesses and disabilities by providing unique camping, environmental studies and retreat experiences to groups with special needs. Children and their medical care teams have the opportunity to spend a week together at camp engaged in traditional summer camping activities as well as activities designed to meet the special psychosocial needs faced by these children.

Medical Education
Educating the next generation of pediatric physicians and specialists is one of our top priorities. The rotation in pediatric nephrology is a popular elective among pediatric residents from Driscoll Children's Hospital and medical students from Texas A&M, UT RGV, and Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, among other medical schools. Many of our residents have chosen to pursue a career in pediatric nephrology and have been accepted into fellowship training at some of the most prestigious and reputable institutions in the country.

Camp ROCK'N (Reaching Out to Children with Kidney Needs) is a summer camp for children with kidney conditions. This summer camp aims to provide an enjoyable experience for children who may not have the opportunity to do so otherwise. The camp offers a chance for children with similar conditions and struggles to meet and make lifelong friends. At camp, the dedicated medical team from Driscoll Children's Kidney Center provides uninterrupted medical care to all campers. They ensure that all necessary treatments, including medications and dialysis, are administered timely and effectively, under the guidance of a pediatric nephrologist and nurses. The team's commitment to providing quality care without any gaps ensures that campers can have a safe and enjoyable experience without worrying about their health. The camp's primary focus is for kids to have fun, create memories, and form lasting friendships.


June 23-28, 2024


Requirements for Campers:
Must be a current patient of the Driscoll Children's Kidney Center between the ages of 7-17.


Camp Aranzazu
5420 FM 1781, Rockport, Texas 78382

Approximately 45 minutes from Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi.
All campers must have their own transportation to and from camp.

How to Apply:

Campers are encouraged to submit their applications early due to limited space. Eligibility for selection to attend Camp ROCK'N depends upon completion of all forms, releases and other requirements explained in the application packet.


There is no charge to the families or volunteers to attend camp. Driscoll summer camp is made possible for your child through the generous gifts from amazing individuals, organizations, foundations and corporations!

The camp includes all meals, snacks and activities.

About Camp Aranzazu:

For more information about Camp Aranzazu, visit their website: 


American Association of Kidney Patients
This website, developed by patients, offers education and support for people with kidney disease. They want to help you become more active in planning and managing your treatment.

American Kidney Fund
The mission of the American Kidney Fund is to fight kidney disease through direct financial support to patients in need, health education and prevention efforts.

End Stage Renal Disease Network 14
The ESRD Network of Texas, Inc. supports quality dialysis and kidney transplant healthcare through patient services, education, quality improvement and data exchange. The network provides information and resources through newsletters, posters and programs and works with renal professionals to improve the care provided.

Kidney School
Learn more about different dialysis methods with this web site which provides information about kidney failure, treatment options, diet, exercise and working with kidney disease.

National Kidney Foundation
Find up-to-date information on kidney disease, patient and professional education, dialysis options and news and events in the renal community.

Renal Support Network
Find the "Live & Give Newsletter" and YouTube mini-movies about kidney failure. This organization offers many programs and resources for people with kidney disease.

Transplant Living
Sponsored by the United Network for Organ Sharing, this website has information for patients and families to discuss before, during and after transplant. The website also has a page designated specifically for pediatrics.

Seamless Specialist Care

Visit all your child's specialists in one trip to Driscoll Children's Hospital.

Contact any of our specialty clinics to schedule a convenient one-day visit to all your child’s specialists.

Call 361-694-5000 or your 
specialty clinic.

Meet the Nephrology Team

Amy Becker MD
Amy Becker
Kidney Transplants
Franca Mngu Iorember MD, MPH
Franca Mngu Iorember
Mauricio Romero Olvera MD
Mauricio Romero Olvera
Kidney Transplants
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Nephrology Locations

Driscoll Children's Hospital, Corpus Christi

3533 S. Alameda St.
Corpus Christi
(361) 694-5000
Sloan Building, 2nd Floor
(361) 694-5022
(361) 694-4159
Mon - Fri: 8 a.m - 5 p.m.

Specialty Center, Brownsville

5500 N. Expressway 77
(956) 698-8600
(361) 808-2076
Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(956) 698-8600

Specialty Center, McAllen

1120 E. Ridge Rd.
(956) 688-1200
(361) 808-2075
Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Ste. 103
(956) 688-1260

Specialty Center, Victoria

106 Springwood Dr.
(361) 572-1000
(361) 578-0680
Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(361) 572-1000

Specialty Center, Laredo

7210 McPherson Rd.
(956) 794-8400
(956) 712-3769
Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(956) 794-8400

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