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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.



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.

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Body mass index and chronic kidney disease outcomes after acute kidney injury: a prospective matched cohort study. MacLaughlin, HL; Pike, M; Selby, NM; Siew, E; Chinchilli, VM; Guide, A; Stewart, TG; Himmelfarb, J; Go, AS; Parikh, CR; et al. BMC Nephrology. 2021; 22.

Serum renin and major adverse kidney events in critically ill patients: a multicenter prospective study. Flannery, AH; Ortiz-Soriano, V; Li, X; Gianella, FG; Toto, RD; Moe, OW; Devarajan, P; Goldstein, SL; Neyra, JA. Critical Care. 2021; 25.

Urinary Neutrophil Gelatinase-Associated Lipocalin/Hepcidin-25 Ratio for Early Identification of Patients at Risk for Renal Replacement Therapy After Cardiac Surgery: A Substudy of the BICARBONATE Trial. Elitok, S; Kuppe, H; Devarajan, P; Bellomo, R; Isermann, B; Westphal, S; Kube, J; Albert, C; Ernst, M; Kropf, S; et al. Anesthesia and Analgesia. 2021; 133:1510-1519.

Urinary biomarkers to predict severe fluid overload after cardiac surgery: a pilot study. Elitok, S; Isermann, B; Westphal, S; Devarajan, P; Albert, C; Kuppe, H; Ernst, M; Bellomo, R; Haase, M; Haase-Fielitz, A. Biomarkers in Medicine. 2021; 15:1451-1464.

Successful Urine Multiplex Bead Assay to Measure Lupus Nephritis Activity. Cody, EM; Bennett, MR; Gulati, G; Ma, Q; Altaye, M; Devarajan, P; Brunner, HI. Kidney International Reports. 2021; 6:1949-1960.

Association of Urine Platinum With Acute Kidney Injury in Children Treated With Cisplatin for Cancer. Lebel, A; Chui, H; McMahon, KR; Lim, YJ; Macri, J; Wang, S; Devarajan, P; Blydt-Hansen, TD; Zappitelli, M; Urquhart, BL. Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. 2021; 61:871-880.

Chronic Inflammation in Chronic Kidney Disease Progression: Role of Nrf2. Stenvinkel, P; Chertow, GM; Devarajan, P; Levin, A; Andreoli, SP; Bangalore, S; Warady, BA. Kidney International Reports. 2021; 6:1775-1787.

24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring 9 years after pediatric cardiac surgery: a pilot and feasibility study. Fredric, D; Greenberg, JH; Parikh, CR; Devarajan, P; Chui, H; Cockovski, V; Pizzi, M; Palijan, A; Hessey, E; Jia, Y; et al. Pediatric Nephrology. 2021; 36:1533-1541.

NGAL/hepcidin-25 ratio and AKI subtypes in patients following cardiac surgery: a prospective observational study. Elitok, S; Devarajan, P; Bellomo, R; Isermann, B; Haase, M; Haase-Fielitz, A. Journal of Nephrology. 2021.

NMR-based serum and urine metabolomic profile reveals suppression of mitochondrial pathways in experimental sepsis-associated acute kidney injury. Standage, SW; Xu, S; Brown, L; Ma, Q; Koterba, A; Lahni, P; Devarajan, P; Kennedy, MA. American Journal of Physiology - Renal Physiology. 2021; 320:F984-F1000.

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