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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.

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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Enteral nutrition and the risk of nephrolithiasis in complex pediatric patients. DeFoor, W; Nehus, E; Schulte, M; Huesman, S; Libs, A; Niehaus, R; Devarajan, P. Journal of Pediatric Urology. 2022; 18:743.e1-743.e6.

A Murine Model of Veno-Arterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation. Kharnaf, M; Hogue, S; Wilkes, Z; Reagor, JA; Leino, DG; Gourley, B; Rosenfeldt, L; Ma, Q; Devarajan, P; Palumbo, JS; et al. ASAIO Journal. 2022; 68:e243-e250.

Consensus-Based Recommendations on Priority Activities to Address Acute Kidney Injury in Children: A Modified Delphi Consensus Statement. Goldstein, SL; Akcan-Arikan, A; Alobaidi, R; Askenazi, DJ; Bagshaw, SM; Barhight, M; Barreto, E; Bayrakci, B; Bignall, ON R; Bjornstad, E; et al. JAMA Network Open. 2022; 5.

Olfactomedin 4 as a novel loop of Henle-specific acute kidney injury biomarker. Hasson, DC; Krallman, K; VanDenHeuvel, K; Menon, S; Piraino, G; Devarajan, P; Goldstein, SL; Alder, M. Physiological Reports. 2022; 10.

Choline supplementation attenuates experimental sepsis-associated acute kidney injury. Hasson, DC; Watanabe-Chailland, M; Romick-Rosendale, L; Koterba, A; Miner, DS; Lahni, P; Ma, Q; Goldstein, SL; Devarajan, P; Standage, SW. American Journal of Physiology - Renal Physiology. 2022; 323:F255-F271.

Stability of novel urinary biomarkers used for lupus nephritis. Cody, EM; Rose, JE; Huang, B; Qiu, T; Brunner, HI; Devarajan, P. Frontiers in Pediatrics. 2022; 10.

Human Stem Cell and Organoid Models to Advance Acute Kidney Injury Diagnostics and Therapeutics. Pode-Shakked, N; Devarajan, P. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2022; 23.

The KIDNEYCODE Program: Diagnostic Yield and Clinical Features of Individuals with CKD. Lieberman, KV; Chang, AR; Block, GA; Robinson, K; Bristow, SL; Morales, A; Mitchell, A; McCalley, S; McKay, J; Pollak, MR; et al. 2022; 3:900-909.

Clinical measurement of lupus nephritis activity is inferior to biomarker-based activity assessment using the renal activity index for lupus nephritis in childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus. Aljaberi, N; Wenderfer, SE; Mathur, A; Qiu, T; Jose, S; Merritt, A; Rose, J; Devarajan, P; Huang, B; Brunner, H. Lupus Science and Medicine. 2022; 9.

Multiparametric quantitative renal MRI in children and young adults: comparison between healthy individuals and patients with chronic kidney disease. Dillman, JR; Benoit, SW; Gandhi, DB; Trout, AT; Tkach, JA; VandenHeuvel, K; Devarajan, P. Abdominal Radiology. 2022; 47:1840-1852.

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