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The Dialysis Unit, part of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, is home to specialists with a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of focus. As a team, this diversity makes us better prepared to care for your child’s unique needs. Learn more about our faculty members.
Rene G. Van De Voorde III, MD Medical Director, Dialysis Unit
Medical Director, Dialysis Unit
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
VanDeVoorde RG, Mitsnefes MM. Hypertension in chronic kidney disease in children. Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease. 2011.
Krawczeski CD, Vandevoorde RG, Kathman T, Bennett MR, Woo JG, Wang Y, Griffiths RE, Devarajan P. Serum cystatin C is an early predictive biomarker of acute kidney injury after pediatric cardiopulmonary bypass. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2010 Sep;5(9):1552-7.
Alon US, VandeVoorde RG. Beneficial effect of cinacalcet in a child with familial hypocalciuric hypercalcemia. Pediatr Nephrol. 2010 Sep;25(9):1747-50.
Bredrup C, Matejas V, Barrow M, Bláhová K, Bockenhauer D, Fowler DJ, Gregson RM, Maruniak-Chudek I, Medeira A, Mendonça EL, Kagan M, Koenig J, Krastel H, Kroes HY, Saggar A, Sawyer T, Schittkowski M, Swietliński J, Thompson D, VanDeVoorde RG, Wittebol-Post D, Woodruff G, Zurowska A, Hennekam RC, Zenker M, Russell-Eggitt I. Ophthalmological aspects of Pierson syndrome. Am J Ophthalmol. 2008 Oct;146(4):602-611.
VanDe Voorde RG, Mitsnefes MM. Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring: a quest for truth. Pediatr Transplant. 2007 Feb;11(1):10-3.
Wuhl E, Kogan J, Zurowska A, Matejas V, VanDeVoorde RG, Aigner T, Wendler O, Lesniewska I, Bouvier R, Reis A, Weis J, Cochat P, Zenker M. Neuro-developmental deficits in Pierson (microcoria-congenital nephrosis) Syndrome. American Journal of Medical Genetics (A). 2007;143(4):311-9.
VanDeVoorde RG, Barletta G, Chand D, Dresner IG, Lane J, Leiser J, Lin JJ, Pan CG, Patel H, Valentini RP, Mitsnefes MM. Status of Blood Pressure Control in Children on Maintenance Hemodialysis: The Midwest Pediatric Nephrology Consortium (MWPNC) Study. Pediatric Nephrology. 2007;22(4):547-53.
VanDeVoorde R, Witte D, Kogan J, Goebel J. Pierson Syndrome: A Novel Cause of Congenital Nephrotic Syndrome. Pediatrics. 2006;118(2):E1-5.
Prospective, Multicenter Study to Evaluate the Safety of Vitamin D Receptor Activators as Determined by Hypercalcemia in Pediatric Patients ages 0 to 16 with Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 5 Receiving Peritoneal Dialysis within Current Clinical Practice. Site- Principal Investigator. Jun 2010 - present.Randomized, Open-Label, Active-Controlled Study of the Safety, Efficacy, and Pharmacokinetics of Ferumoxytol Compared with Oral Iron for the Treatment of Iron Deficiency Anemia in Pediatric Subjects with Dialysis dependent Chronic Kidney Disease. Site Co-investigator. AMAG Pharmaceutical. Apr 2011 - present.
Randomized, Open-Label, Active-Controlled Study of the Safety, Efficacy, and Pharmacokinetics of Ferumoxytol Compared with Oral Iron for the Treatment of Iron Deficiency Anemia in Pediatric Subjects with Non-dialysis dependent Chronic Kidney Disease. Site-Principal Investigator. AMAG Pharmaceuticals. Apr 2011 - present.
Bradley P. Dixon, MD Pediatric Nephrologist
DNA damage response; DNA repair; hyperosmolal microenvironments; atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome; thrombotic microangiopathies; complement-mediated renal diseases.
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Jodele S, Licht C, Goebel J, Dixon BP, Zhang K, Sivakumaran TA, Davies SM, Pluthero FG, Lu L, Laskin BL. Abnormalities in the alternative pathway of complement in children with hematopoietic stem cell transplant-associated thrombotic microangiopathy. Blood. 2013 Jun 27. [Epub ahead of print]
Siroky BJ, Yin H, Babcock JT, Lu L, Hellmann AR, Dixon BP, Quilliam LA, Bissler JJ. Human TSC-associated renal angiomyolipoma cells are hypersensitive to ER stress. Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2012 Sep 15;303(6):F831-44.
Dixon BP, Henry J, Siroky BJ, Chu A, Groen PA, Bissler JJ. Cell Cycle Control and DNA Damage Response of Conditionally Immortalized Urothelial Cells. PLoS ONE. 2011 Jan 28;6(1):e16595.
Dixon BP, Hulbert JC, Bissler JJ. Tuberous sclerosis complex renal disease. Nephron Exp Nephrol. 2011;118(1):e15-20.Lo MM, Mo JQ, Dixon BP, Czech KA. Disseminated histoplasmosis associated with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis in kidney transplant recipients. Am J Transplant. 2010 Mar;10(3):687-91. Dixon BP, Chu A, Henry J, Kim R, Bissler JJ. Increased cancer risk of augmentation cystoplasty: possible role for hyperosmolal microenvironment on DNA damage recognition. Mutat Res. 2009 Nov 2;670(1-2):88-95. Dixon BP, Lu L, Chu A, Bissler JJ. RecQ and RecG helicases have distinct roles in maintaining the stability of polypurine.polypyrimidine sequences. Mutat Res. 2008 Aug 25;643(1-2):20-8.
Dixon BP, McEnery P, Goebel J. Immunobiology of paediatric renal transplantation. Progress in Paediatric Urology. 2008;10:165-182.Bissler JJ, Dixon BP. A mechanistic approach to inherited polycystic kidney disease. Pediatr Nephrol. 2005 May;20(5):558-66. Dixon BP, Devarajan P, Mitsnefes M. Neonatal renovascular hypertension due to prenatal traumatic retroperitoneal hematoma. Pediatr Nephrol. 2005 May;20(5):670-2.
Jens W. Goebel, MD Clinical Director, Nephrology and Hypertension
Clinical Director, Nephrology and Hypertension
Medical Director, Kidney Transplantation
Clinical Director, Kidney Transplantation
Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Organ transplantation in children
Sanchez-Pinto LN, Laskin BL, Jodele S, Hummel TR, Yin HJ, Goebel J. BK virus nephropathy in a pediatric autologous stem-cell transplant recipient. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2011 Mar;56(3):495-7. Hooper DK, Carle AC, Schuchter J, Goebel J. Interaction between tacrolimus and intravenous nicardipine in the treatment of post-kidney transplant hypertension at pediatric hospitals. Pediatr Transplant. 2011 Feb;15(1):88-95. Sherwin CM, Fukuda T, Brunner HI, Goebel J, Vinks AA. The evolution of population pharmacokinetic models to describe the enterohepatic recycling of mycophenolic acid in solid organ transplantation and autoimmune disease. Clin Pharmacokinet. 2011 Jan 1;50(1):1-24.Campbell K, Ng V, Martin S, Magee J, Goebel J, Anand R, Martz K, Bucuvalas J; SPLIT Renal Function Working Group. Glomerular filtration rate following pediatric liver transplantation--the SPLIT experience. Am J Transplant. 2010 Dec;10(12):2673-82. Pai AL, Gray E, Kurivial K, Ross J, Schoborg D, Goebel J. The Allocation of Treatment Responsibility scale: a novel tool for assessing patient and caregiver management of pediatric medical treatment regimens. Pediatr Transplant. 2010 Dec;14(8):993-9.Jodele S, Bleesing JJ, Mehta PA, Filipovich AH, Laskin BL, Goebel J, Pinkard SL, Davies SM. Successful early intervention for hyperacute transplant-associated thrombotic microangiopathy following pediatric hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Pediatr Transplant. 2010 Nov 5. Pai AL, Ingerski LM, Perazzo L, Ramey C, Bonner M, Goebel J. Preparing for transition? The allocation of oral medication regimen tasks in adolescents with renal transplants. Pediatr Transplant. 2011 Feb;15(1):9-16. Laskin BL, Goebel J, Davies SM, Khoury JC, Bleesing JJ, Mehta PA, Filipovich AH, Paff ZN, Lawrence JM, Yin HJ, Pinkard SL, Jodele S. Early clinical indicators of transplant-associated thrombotic microangiopathy in pediatric neuroblastoma patients undergoing auto-SCT. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2010 Aug 9.
Herzer M, Goebel J, Cortina S. Transitioning cognitively impaired young patients with special health needs to adult-oriented care: collaboration between medical providers and pediatric psychologists. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2010 Oct;22(5):668-72.
Fukuda T, Goebel J, Thøgersen H, Maseck D, Cox S, Logan B, Sherbotie J, Seikaly M, Vinks AA. Inosine Monophosphate Dehydrogenase (IMPDH) Activity as a Pharmacodynamic Biomarker of Mycophenolic Acid Effects in Pediatric Kidney Transplant Recipients. J Clin Pharmacol. 2010 Apr 23.
NIH UO1 grant: Noninvasive Monitoring to Predict Outcome in de novo Kidney Transplant Recipients (CTOT-01, Protocol Chair: P. Heeger, MD, City), commenced in late 2005 and ongoing
NIH UO1 grant: Health and Literacy in Child and Adult Assessment: Expanded Testing of the Pediatric PROMIS (Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System) Tool (Sponsor: D. DeWalt, MD, MPH, ), ongoing.
NIH UO1 grant: Chronic Kidney Disease in Children (CKID, PI: B. Warady, MD, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO), ongoing.
NIH RO1 grant: Calcineurin Inhibitor Minimization And Foxp3+ Tregs Post-Transplant (PIs: Wayne Hancock, MD, Children’s , and John Bucuvalas, MD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital), ongoing.
Midwest Pediatric Nephrology Consortium: Assessing and Implementing Transition to Adult Care in Children with CKD (PI: M. Ferris, MD, MPH, PhD, ), ongoing
Amgen Pharmaceuticals: Pediatric Anemia Correction Study (Protocol 20050256), ongoing.
Roche Pharmaceuticals: Development of Population Pharmacokinetic models of Mycophenolic Acid for use in Bayesian Dose Individualization in Pediatric Kidney Transplant Patients (PI: A. Vinks, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital), ongoing.
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Outcomes Research Award: Validation of a Real-Time Adherence Assessment System (PI: A. Pai, PhD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital), ongoing.
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Translational Research Initiative grant: Pharmacogenetics of Mycophenolic Acid in Kidney Transplant Patients (PI: A. Vinks, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital), ongoing.
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Translational Research Initiative grant: Biomarkers for Patient-tailored Therapies in Pediatric Lupus Nephritis using Mycophenolic Acid (PI: H. Brunner, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital), ongoing.
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Translational Research Initiative grant: Pharmacogenetics of IMPDH in Kidney Transplant Patients (PI: A. Vinks, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital), ongoing.
Stuart L. Goldstein, MD Director, Center for Acute Care Nephrology
Director, Center for Acute Care Nephrology
Acute kidney injury; continuous renal replacement therapy; end-stage renal disease; health-related quality of life
Acute kidney injury epidemiology and biomarkers; health-related quality of life in ESRD; cardiovascular complications and inflammation in ESRD
Stuart L. Goldstein, MD, has been an active investigator in the field of pediatric acute kidney injury (AKI) since 2000. Dr. Goldstein’s main research foci include: AKI epidemiology and outcomes, acute renal replacement therapy provision and investigation of novel urinary AKI biomarkers in the pediatric population. Dr. Goldstein has established a strong record of interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration with cardiologists, intensivists and emergency center physicians, which is evidenced by his establishment and directing of the Prospective Pediatric Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy Registry from 2001 to 2012, and the Prospective Pediatric AKI Research Group (ppAKI-RG) in 2012. The ppAKI-RG is comprised of 39 centers from around the world with the goal of improving outcomes for the child with or at-risk for, AKI.
Dr. Goldstein has led initial efforts to develop a standardized definition for pediatric AKI, assess novel AKI biomarkers in heterogeneous populations, and conceiving and validating stratification tools to identify patients at risk for AKI. Building up these findings, Dr. Goldstein embarked on establishing the ppAKI-RG consortium to focus on multi-centered research studies that are dedicated to understanding and treating AKI in pediatric patients. Currently, the ppAKI-RG has initiated three major, and unprecedented, national and international studies (AWARE, NINJA and DIRECT) to reduce AKI and improve patient outcomes. Dr. Goldstein is also a recognized educator; he has developed the only pediatric specific acute care nephrology sub-specialty fellowship with graduates who are now leaders in the field of pediatric AKI.
Goldstein SL, Devarajan P. Acute kidney injury in childhood: should we be worried about progression to CKD? Pediatr Nephrol. 2011 Apr;26(4):509-22.
Du Y, Zappitelli M, Mian A, Bennett M, Ma Q, Devarajan P, Mehta R, Goldstein SL. Urinary biomarkers to detect acute kidney injury in the pediatric emergency center. Pediatr Nephrol. 2011 Feb;26(2):267-74.
Moffett BS, Goldstein SL, Adusei M, Kuzin J, Mohan P, Mott AR. Risk factors for postoperative acute kidney injury in pediatric cardiac surgery patients receiving angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2011 Feb 10.
Zappitelli M, Moffett BS, Hyder A, Goldstein SL. Acute kidney injury in non-critically ill children treated with aminoglycoside antibiotics in a tertiary healthcare centre: a retrospective cohort study. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2011 Jan;26(1):144-50.
Koralkar R, Ambalavanan N, Levitan EB, McGwin G, Goldstein S, Askenazi D. Acute Kidney Injury Reduces Survival in Very Low Birth Weight Infant. Pediatr Res. 2010 Dec 20.
Goldstein SL. Continuous renal replacement therapy: mechanism of clearance, fluid removal, indications and outcomes. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2010 Dec 21.
Goldstein SL. Urinary kidney injury biomarkers and urine creatinine normalization: a false premise or not? Kidney Int. 2010 Sep;78(5):433-5.
Goldstein SL, Chawla L. Renal Angina. Clin J AmSoc Nephrol. 2010 May;5(5):943-9.
Sutherland SM, Zappitelli M, Alexander SR, Chua AN, Brophy PD, Bunchman TE, Hackbarth R, Somers MJG, Baum M, Symons JM, Flores FX, Benfield M, Askenazi D, Chand D, Fortenberry JD, Mahan JD, McBryde K, Blowey D, Goldstein SL. Fluid Overload and Mortality in Children Receiving Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy: The Prospective Pediatric Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy Registry. Am J Kidney Dis. 2010 Feb;55(2):316-25.
David K. Hooper, MD, MS Pediatric Nephrologist, Division of Nephrology
Pediatric Nephrologist, Division of Nephrology
Nephrology; kidney transplantation; quality improvement
Jointly appointed in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension and the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Dr. Hooper's aim is to improve clinical outcomes for pediatric kidney transplant recipients through research in personalized care and the design of reliable healthcare systems.
Dr. Hooper's research training includes a master's degree in clinical and translational research from the University of Cincinnati, in addition to advanced training in quality improvement methodology through the Quality Scholars in Healthcare Transformation program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
Dr. Hooper's career focus is to combine clinical outcomes research with quality improvement to reliably prevent cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of long-term death and disability in pediatric transplant recipients.
MD: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2003.
Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2006.
Chief Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2007.
MS: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2010.
Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati Ohio, 2010; Quality Scholar in Healthcare Transformation, James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2011.
Certification: Pediatrics, 2006.
Hooper DK, Kirby C, Margolis P, Goebel J. Reliable Individualized Monitoring Improves Cholesterol Control in Kidney Transplant Recipients. Pediatrics. Epub ahead of print. 2013.
Hooper DK, Williams JC, Carle AC, Amaral S, Chand DH, Ferris ME, Patel HP, Licht C, Barletta GM, Bastian V, Mitsnesfes M, Patel UD. The Quality of Cardiovascular Disease Care and Formal Transition for Adolescents with Kidney Disease. Pediatric Nephrology. Epub ahead of print. 2013.
Hooper DK, Fukuda T, Logan B, Gardiner R, Roy-Chaudhury A, Kirby C, Vinks A, Goebel J. Risk of Tacrolimus Toxicity in CYP3A5 Non-Expressors Treated with Intravenous Nicardipine After Kidney Transplantation. Transplantation. 2012 Apr;93(8):806-812.
Saldaña SN, Hooper DK, Froehlich TE, Campbell KM, Prows CA, Sadhasivam s, Nick TG, Seid M, Vinks AA, Glauser TA. Characteristics of Successful Recruitment in Prospective Pediatric Pharmacogenetic Studies. Clinical Therapeutics. 2011 Feb;15:88-95.
Hooper DK, Carle AC, Schuchter J, Goebel J. Interaction between tacrolimus and intravenous nicardipine in the treatment of post-kidney transplant hypertension at pediatric hospitals. Pediatr Transplant. 2011 Feb;15(1):88-95.
Kaplan HC, Brady PW, Dritz MC, Hooper DK, Linam WM, Froehle CM, Margolis P. The influence of context on quality improvement success in health care: a systematic review of the literature. Milbank Q. 2010 Dec;88(4):500-59.
Hooper DK. The Impact of CYP3A5 Genotype on the Interaction Between Tacrolimus and Intravenous Nicardipine in Kidney Transplant Recipients. University of Cincinnati. 2010 Aug 17.
Hooper DK, Hawkins JA, Fuller TC, Profaizer T, Shaddy RE. Panel-reactive antibodies late after allograft implantation in children. Ann Thorac Surg. 2005 Feb;79(2):641-4. Raetz EA, Kim MK, Moos P, Carlson M, Bruggers C, Hooper DK, Foot L, Liu T, Seeger R, Carroll WL. Identification of genes that are regulated transcriptionally by Myc in childhood tumors. Cancer. 2003 Aug 15;98(4):841-53. Lirazan MB, Hooper D, Corpuz GP, Ramilo CA, Bandyopadhyay P, Cruz LJ, Olivera BM. The spasmodic peptide defines a new conotoxin superfamily. Biochemistry. 2000 Feb 22;39(7):1583-8.
Edward J. Nehus, MD, MS Pediatric Nephrologist
Instructor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Critical care nephrology; chronic kidney disease
Edward conducted and published a cross-sectional study which investigated the association of serum resistin with cardiovascular risk factors in children with chronic kidney disease. In addition, he recently published a study evaluating the outcomes steroid-avoidance protocols in pediatric kidney transplant recipients. He continues to be the primary investigator for ongoing studies that explore pharmacokinetic alterations in critically ill children receiving continuous renal replacement therapy.
MD: University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, 2002.
MS: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2011.
Residency: Pediatrics, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH.
Certification: Pediatrics, 2009.
Fellowship: Pediatric Nephrology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.
Nehus E, Goebel J, Abraham E. Outcomes of steroid-avoidance protocols in pediatric kidney transplant recipients. Am J Transplant. 2012 Sept 20. Epub ahead of print.
Nehus E, Furth S, Warady B, Mitsnefes M. Correlates of resistin in children with chronic kidney disease: the chronic kidney disease in children cohort. J Pediatr. 161(2): 276-80, 2012.
Nehus E, Goebel J, Mitsnefes M, Lorts A, Laskin B. Intensive hemodialysis for cardiomyopathy associated with end-stage renal disease. Pediatr Nephrol. 26: 1909-12, 2011.
Nehus E, Devarajan P. Acute kidney injury: AKI in kidney transplant recipients—here to stay. Nat Rev Nephrol. 8:198-199, 2012.
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