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Katja M. Gist, DO, MSc

  • Pediatric Cardiologist and Intensivist, Cardiology Clinic
  • Co-Director, Center for Acute Care Nephrology
  • Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



As a pediatric cardiac physician, I work in the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU). I love the intensity of the cardiac intensive care unit where physiology prevails. I also love the interaction with patients and families.

I provide care to sick children with congenital or acquired heart disease and enjoy getting to know families and hearing about their wins and losses. It’s what makes them who they are.

I grew up in South Africa and was on an NCAA Division One swim team in college.

In my research, I’m studying kidney injury identification and outcomes and the contribution of fluid overload. I work with and lead multi-national collaborations in this area of critical care nephrology to understand the effects of kidney injury on long-term health.


Editorial: Acute Kidney Injury: It's Not Just Acute, and It's Not Just the Kidneys. Soranno, DE; Deep, A; Gist, KM; Zappitelli, M. Frontiers in Pediatrics. 2021; 9.

Association of early dysnatremia with mortality in the neonatal intensive care unit: results from the AWAKEN study. Basalely, AM; Griffin, R; Gist, KM; Guillet, R; Askenazi, DJ; Charlton, JR; Selewski, DT; Fuloria, M; Kaskel, FJ; Reidy, KJ; et al. Journal of Perinatology. 2021.

The Impact of Obesity on Disease Severity and Outcomes Among Hospitalized Children With COVID-19. Tripathi, S; Christison, AL; Levy, E; McGravery, J; Tekin, A; Bolliger, D; Kumar, VK; Bansal, V; Chiotos, K; Gist, KM; et al. Hospital pediatrics. 2021; 11:e297-e316.

Liberation From Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy: Does It Have an Impact on Short-term Outcomes?. Gist, KM; Menon, S. Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 2021; 96:2743-2745.

Acute Kidney Injury and Fluid Overload in Pediatric Extracorporeal Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation: A Multicenter Retrospective Cohort Study. Gist, KM; Misfeldt, A; Sahay, RD; Gorga, SM; Askenazi, DJ; Bridges, BC; Paden, ML; Zappitelli, M; Gien, J; Basu, RK; et al. ASAIO Journal. 2021.

Prevention of Acute Kidney Injury after Cardiac Surgery: When Fixing Broken Hearts, Is Breaking Kidneys Avoidable?. Basu, RK; Gist, KM. Clinical journal of the American Society of Nephrology : CJASN. 2021; 16:1459-1461.

Epidemiology of Acute Kidney Injury After Neonatal Cardiac Surgery: A Report From the Multicenter Neonatal and Pediatric Heart and Renal Outcomes Network. Alten, JA; Cooper, DS; Blinder, JJ; Selewski, DT; Tabbutt, S; Sasaki, J; Gaies, MG; Bertrandt, RA; Smith, AH; Reichle, G; et al. Critical Care Medicine. 2021; 49:e941-e951.

Perfusion Strategies for Neonatal Aortic Arch Surgery-Comparing AKI Risk: Apples and Apples? Or Apples and Oranges?. Downs, E; Oslen, B; Gist, KM. World journal for pediatric & congenital heart surgery. 2021; 12:581-582.

Acute Kidney Injury, Fluid Overload, and Renal Replacement Therapy Differ by Underlying Diagnosis in Neonatal Extracorporeal Support and Impact Mortality Disparately. Murphy, HJ; Gien, J; Sahay, R; King, E; Selewski, DT; Bridges, BC; Cooper, DS; Fleming, GM; Paden, ML; Zappitelli, M; et al. Blood Purification. 2021; 50:808-817.

Improving Acute Kidney Injury-Associated Outcomes: From Early Risk to Long-Term Considerations. Gist, KM; Mayen, A; Sutherland, SM. Current treatment options in pediatrics. 2021; 7:99-108.

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