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The Kidney Clinic, 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 and staff.
Prasad Devarajan, MD Director, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
Director, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
Medical Director, Stone Center
Director, Nephrology and Hypertension Clinical Laboratory
Louise M. Williams Endowed Chair
Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Clinical specialties: Acute kidney injury, nephrotic syndrome, kidney stones
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Czech KA, Bennett M, Devarajan P. Distinct metalloproteinase excretion patterns in focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. Pediatr Nephrol. 2011 Jul 1.
Askenazi DJ, Koralkar R, Levitan EB, Goldstein SL, Devarajan P, Khandrika S, Mehta RL, Ambalavanan N. Baseline Values of Candidate Urine Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) Biomarkers Vary by Gestational Age in Premature Infants. Pediatr Res. 2011 Jun 3. Abraham BP, Frazier EA, Morrow WR, Blaszak RT, Devarajan P, Mitsnefes M, Bryant JC, Sachdeva R. Cystatin C and neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin as markers of renal function in pediatric heart transplant recipients. Pediatr Transplant. 2011 Apr 25. Sundaram N, Bennett M, Wilhelm J, Kim MO, Atweh G, Devarajan P, Malik P. Biomarkers for early detection of sickle nephropathy. Am J Hematol. 2011 Jul;86(7):559-66. Devarajan P, Krawczeski C. In reply to 'antifibrinolytic use during cardiac and hepatic surgery makes tubular proteinuria-based early biomarkers poor tools to diagnose perioperative acute kidney injury'. Am J Kidney Dis. 2011 Jun;57(6):960-1. Piyaphanee N, Ma Q, Kremen O, Czech K, Greis K, Mitsnefes M, Devarajan P, Bennett MR. Discovery and initial validation of α 1-B glycoprotein fragmentation as a differential urinary biomarker in pediatric steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome. Proteomics Clin Appl. 2011 Jun;5(5-6):334-42.
Li S, Krawczeski CD, Zappitelli M, Devarajan P, Thiessen-Philbrook H, Coca SG, Kim RW, Parikh CR; for the TRIBE-AKI Consortium. Incidence, risk factors, and outcomes of acute kidney injury after pediatric cardiac surgery: A prospective multicenter study. Crit Care Med. 2011 Jun;39(6):1493-1499. Krawczeski CD, Woo JG, Wang Y, Bennett MR, Ma Q, Devarajan P. Neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin concentrations predict development of acute kidney injury in neonates and children after cardiopulmonary bypass. J Pediatr. 2011 Jun;158(6):1009-1015.e1.
Basu RK, Devarajan P, Wong H, Wheeler DS. An update and review of acute kidney injury in pediatrics. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2011 May;12(3):339-47.
Devarajan P. Biomarkers for the early detection of acute kidney injury. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2011 Apr;23(2):194-200.
Jens W. Goebel, MD Clinical Director, Nephrology and Hypertension
Clinical Director, Nephrology and Hypertension
Medical Director, Kidney Transplantation
Clinical Director, Kidney Transplantation
Associate 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
Mark M. Mitsnefes, MD, MS Director, Clinical and Translational Research Center
Director, Clinical and Translational Research Center
Nephrology with focus on chronic kidney disease and hypertension
Mark Mitsnefes, MD, MS, is an established clinical investigator with expertise in the area of understanding the development of risk factors for cardiovascular disease in children with chronic kidney disease. The long-term goal of his research is to define biologic targets for interventions to prevent and slow progression of cardiovascular disease in children with chronic kidney disease.
Dr. Misnefes has received numerous awards, including the Proctor Scolar Award (Cincinnati Children's Research Foundation), the Pediatrician Scientist Award (Children's Health Research Center, NIH), the Clinical Scientist Award (National Kidney Foundation), and has been ranked as one of the Best Doctors in America, 2007-2011.
MD: Gorky Medical Institute, Gorky, Russia, 1985.Residency: Miami Children's Hospital, Miami, Florida, 1997.Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2000.
MS: Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2001.
Certifications: Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), 1995; Pediatrics, 1996; Pediatric Nephrology, 2001, 2008.
Mitsnefes M, Flynn J, Cohn S, Samuels J, Blydt-Hansen T, Saland J, Kimball T, Furth S, Warady B; CKiD Study Group. Masked hypertension associates with left ventricular hypertrophy in children with CKD. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2010 Jan;21(1):137-44.
Wilson AC, Mitsnefes MM. Cardiovascular disease in CKD in children: update on risk factors, risk assessment, and management. Am J Kidney Dis. 2009 Aug;54(2):345-60. Review.
Flynn JT, Mitsnefes MM, Pierce C, Cole SR, Parekh RS, Furth SL and Warady BA. Blood pressure in children with chronic kidney disease: Preliminary findings from chronic kidney disease in children cohort study. Hypertension. 2008;52(4):631-7
Weaver DJ Jr, Kimball T, Witt SA, Glascock BJ, Khoury PR, Kartal J, Mitsnefes MM. Subclinical systolic dysfunction in pediatric patients with chronic kidney disease. J Pediatr. 2008 Oct;153(4):565-9.
Weaver DJ Jr., Kimball TR, Knilans T, Mays WK, Knecht T, Gerdes YT, Witt S, Glascock BJ, Kartal J, Khoury PR, and Mitsnefes MM. Decreased maximal aerobic capacity in pediatric chronic kidney disease. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2008, 19(3):624-30.
Mitsnefes MM, Kimball TR, Kimball TR, Witt SA, Glascock BJ, Khoury PR, and Daniels SR. Abnormal carotid artery structure and function in children with successful renal transplant. Circulation. 2004; 110:97-101.
Mitsnefes MM, Kimball TR, Kartal J, Witt SA, Glascock B, Khoury PR, Daniels SR. Cardiac and vascular adaptation in pediatric patients with chronic kidney disease: Role of calcium-phosphorus metabolism. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2005;16:2796-2803.
Mitsnefes MM, Kimball TR, Border WL, Witt SA, Glascock BJ, Khoury PR and Daniels SR. Impaired left ventricular diastolic function in children with chronic renal failure. Kidney Int. 2004;65(4):1461-1466.
Mitsnefes MM, Kimball TR, Witt SA, Glascock BJ, Khoury PR, and Daniels SR. Left ventricular mass and systolic performance in pediatric patients with chronic renal failure. Circulation. 2003;107:864-868
Mitsnefes MM, Daniels SR, Schwartz SM, Khoury P, Meyer RA, and Strife CF. Severe left ventricular hypertrophy in pediatric dialysis: prevalence and predictors. Pediatr Nephrol. 2000;14:898-902.
Adiponectin and Cardiovascular Disease in the CKiD Children. Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. 2007 - 2011. #R01 DK076957.
Modify Dietary Behavior in Adolescents with Elevated Blood Pressure. Co-investigator. National Institutes of Health. 2007 - 2012.
Prospective study of chronic kidney disease in children. Co-investigator, Co-chair of the Cardiovascular Committee. National Institutes of Health. 2003 - 2013. #U01 DK-03-012.
Cardiovascular disease in children with CKD. Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. 2011 - 2016. #K24 DK090070-01.
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.
C. Frederic Strife, MD Emeritus Professor
Director of the Dialysis Unit
MD: College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, 1968.
Residency: Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.
Fellowship: Nephrology, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.
Certification: Pediatrics, 1973; Pediatric Nephrology, 1976.
Calvo-Garcia MA, Campbell KM, O'Hara SM, Khoury P, Mitsnefes MM, Strife CF. Acquired renal cysts after pediatric liver transplantation: association with cyclosporine and renal dysfunction. Pediatr Transplant. 2008 Sep;12(6):666-71. Vo NJ, Hammelman BD, Racadio JM, Strife CF, Johnson ND, Racadio JM. Anatomic distribution of renal artery stenosis in children: implications for imaging. Pediatr Radiol. 2006 Oct;36(10):1032-6.
Brunner HI, Bishnoi A, Barron AC, Houk LJ, Ware A, Farhey Y, Mongey AB, Strife CF, Graham TB, Passo MH. Disease outcomes and ovarian function of childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus. Lupus. 2006;15(4):198-206. Mitsnefes MM, Subat-Dezulovic M, Khoury PR, Goebel J, Strife CF. Increasing incidence of post-kidney transplant anemia in children. Am J Transplant. 2005 Jul;5(7):1713-8. Omoloja AA, Kumar K, Crawford AH, Strife CF. Epiphyseal stapling and recombinant human growth hormone for correction of genu valgum in children with chronic renal insufficiency. J Pediatr Orthop. 2003 Sep-Oct;23(5):639-42.
Lande MB, Gullion C, Hoss RJ, Gauthier B, Shah B, Leonard MB, Bonilla-Felix M, Nash M, Roy S, Strife CF, Arbus G. Long versus standard initial steroid therapy for children with the nephrotic syndrome. A report from the Southwest Pediatric Nephrology Study. Pediatr Nephrol. 2003;18:342-6.
Chand DH, Rhoades T, Poe SA, Kraus S, Strife CF. Incidence and severity of vesicoureteral reflux in children related to age, gender, race and diagnosis. J Urol. 2003;170:1548-1550.
Chand DH, Poe SA, Strife CF. Venous pressure monitoring does not accurately predict access failure in children. Pediatr Nephrol. 2002;17:765-770.
Mitsnefes MM, Daniels SR, Schwartz SM, Khoury P, Strife CF. Changes in left ventricular mass in children and adolescents during chronic dialysis. Pediatr Nephrol. 2001 Apr;16(4):318-23.
Mitsnefes MM, Daniels SR, Schwartz SM, Meyer RA, Khoury P, Strife CF. Severe left ventricular hypertrophy in pediatric dialysis: prevalence and predictors. Pediatr Nephrol. 2000 Sep;14(10-11):898-902.
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.
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