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Prasad Devarajan, MD

  • Director, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
  • Medical Director, Stone Center
  • Louise M. Williams Endowed Chair
  • Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Children are not consumers or customers — their health is our responsibility. We are more than providers. We are privileged to have the honor and responsibility for their care, to cure their diseases and to help them maintain good health.
Prasad Devarajan, MD



As a pediatric nephrologist, I treat children and adolescents who have kidney stones, acute kidney injuries and chronic kidney diseases. I believe that patients always come first, and that patient care is job one.

Although we are a group practice, each one of us is proud and privileged to continuously follow each patient and their family. We provide personalized care to every child. Children can get sick quickly, but with good care they typically recover fast and completely. It’s very rewarding to see a sick child transformed into a healthier kid as a result of our good care in partnership with their family.

Children are not consumers or customers — their health is our responsibility. We are more than providers. We are privileged to have the honor and responsibility for their care, to cure their diseases and to help them maintain good health. We also continuously pursue clinical excellence with our innovative research.

I have authored about 300 peer-reviewed publications and 70 book chapters, and I have delivered more than 200 invited lectures internationally. My research activities have been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other agencies for more than 30 years. This work spans the spectrum of highly collaborative basic, translational and clinical inquiries, all focused on improving child health. I have consistently been listed in Thomson Reuters "World's Most Influential Scientific Minds" in recognition of ranking among the top 1% of researchers for most cited publications in the entire field of medicine.

In my research, we are actively investigating mechanisms that cause the kidney to fail acutely and chronically. The results of these investigations are providing us with novel biomarkers to predict kidney disease, and also with new pathways we can target with innovative therapies. We are at the forefront nationally and internationally in the care of children with kidney disease.

In my free time, I practice meditation and deep reflection. I also love taking long walks with my dog.

Premedical Studies: Bombay University, India, 1979.

MD: Bombay University, India, 1985.

Services and Specialties

Nephrology and Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Kidney Disease, End-Stage Renal Disease, Lupus, Nephrology - Acute Care, Kidney Stones

Research Areas

Nephrology and Hypertension, Developmental Biology, Fibrosis

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Urinary TIMP-2*IGFBP-7 to diagnose acute kidney injury in children receiving cisplatin. Chui, H; McMahon, KR; Rassekh, SR; Schultz, KR; Blydt-Hansen, TD; Mammen, C; Pinsk, M; Cuvelier, GD E; Carleton, BC; Tsuyuki, RT; et al. Pediatric Nephrology. 2024; 39:269-282.

Association of COVID-19 Versus COVID-19 Vaccination With Kidney Function and Disease Activity in Primary Glomerular Disease: A Report of the Cure Glomerulonephropathy Study. Wang, CS; Glenn, DA; Helmuth, M; Smith, AR; Bomback, AS; Canetta, PA; Coppock, GM; Khalid, M; Tuttle, KR; Bou-Matar, R; et al. American Journal of Kidney Diseases. 2024; 83:37-46.

Analysis of the human kidney transcriptome and plasma proteome identifies markers of proximal tubule maladaptation to injury. We, Y; Su, E; Xu, L; Menez, S; Moledina, DG; Obeid, W; Palevsky, PM; Mansour, SG; Devarajan, P; Cantley, LG; et al. Science Translational Medicine. 2023; 15:eade7287.

COL4A gene variants are common in children with hematuria and a family history of kidney disease. Rheault, MN; McLaughlin, HM; Mitchell, A; Blake, LE; Devarajan, P; Warady, BA; Gibson, KL; Lieberman, KV. Pediatric Nephrology. 2023; 38:3625-3633.

External Validation of a Urinary Biomarker Risk Score for the Prediction of Steroid Responsiveness in Adults With Nephrotic Syndrome. Stone, HK; Huang, B; Chen, C; Ma, Q; Bennett, MR; Devarajan, P. Kidney International Reports. 2023; 8:2458-2468.

Acute kidney injury biomarker olfactomedin 4 predicts furosemide responsiveness. Hasson, DC; Zhang, B; Krallman, K; Rose, JE; Kempton, KM; Steele, P; Devarajan, P; Goldstein, SL; Alder, MN. Pediatric Nephrology. 2023; 38:3153-3161.

Urine biomarker score captures response to induction therapy with lupus nephritis. Cody, EM; Wenderfer, SE; Sullivan, KE; Kim, AH J; Figg, W; Ghumman, H; Qiu, T; Huang, B; Devarajan, P; Brunner, HI. Pediatric Nephrology. 2023; 38:2679-2688.

Biomarkers of eGFR decline after cardiac surgery in children: findings from the ASSESS-AKI study. de Fontnouvelle, C; Zappitelli, M; Thiessen-Philbrook, HR; Jia, Y; Kimmel, PL; Kaufman, JS; Devarajan, P; Parikh, CR; Greenberg, JH. Pediatric Nephrology. 2023; 38:2851-2860.

Age of Onset and Disease Course in Biopsy-Proven Minimal Change Disease: An Analysis From the Cure Glomerulonephropathy Network. Chen, DP; Helmuth, ME; Smith, AR; Canetta, PA; Ayoub, I; Mucha, K; Kallash, M; Kopp, JB; Gbadegesin, R; Gillespie, BW; et al. American Journal of Kidney Diseases. 2023; 81:695-706.e1.

Pathogenesis of intrinsic acute kidney injury. Devarajan, P. Current Opinion in Pediatrics. 2023; 35:234-238.

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