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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
I love the intensity of the cardiac intensive care unit where physiology prevails. I also love the interaction with patients and families.



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.


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.

Subphenotypes of acute kidney injury in children. Gist, KM; Fuhrman, D; Stanski, N; Menon, S; Soranno, DE. Current Opinion in Critical Care. 2022.

Acute Kidney Injury and Diastolic Dysfunction: Opportunity for Targeted Intervention?. Soranno, DE; Gist, KM. Nephron. 2022; 1-4.

Decreases in Nephrotoxic Pain Medications Are Not Associated With Increased Opioid Utilization in Critically Ill Children. Stenson, EK; DeMasellis, G; Shah, A; Reiter, PD; Brinton, J; Martin, S; Iwanowski, M; Rannie, M; Soranno, DE; Gist, KM. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2022.

Gastrointestinal Manifestations in Hospitalized Children With Acute SARS-CoV-2 Infection and Multisystem Inflammatory Condition: An Analysis of the VIRUS COVID-19 Registry. Sayed, IA; Bhalala, U; Strom, L; Tripathi, S; Kim, JS; Michaud, K; Chiotos, K; Dapul, HR; Gharpure, VP; Bjornstad, EC; et al. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. 2022; 41:751-758.

SARS-CoV-2 With Concurrent Respiratory Viral Infection as a Risk Factor for a Higher Level of Care in Hospitalized Pediatric Patients. Dikranian, L; Barry, S; Ata, A; Chiotos, K; Gist, K; Bhalala, U; Danesh, V; Heavner, S; Gharpure, V; Bjornstad, EC; et al. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2022; 38:472-476.

Synergistic association of fluid overload and acute kidney injury on outcomes in pediatric cardiac ECMO: a retrospective analysis of the KIDMO database. Pettit, KA; Selewski, DT; Askenazi, DJ; Basu, RK; Bridges, BC; Cooper, DS; Fleming, GM; Gien, J; Gorga, SM; Jetton, JG; et al. Pediatric Nephrology. 2022.

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. 2022; 68:956-963.

Documentation of acute kidney injury at discharge from the neonatal intensive care unit and role of nephrology consultation. Chmielewski, J; Chaudhry, PM; Harer, MW; Menon, S; South, AM; Chappell, A; Griffin, R; Askenazi, D; Jetton, J; Starr, MC; et al. Journal of Perinatology. 2022; 42:930-936.

Low albumin levels are independently associated with neonatal acute kidney injury: a report from AWAKEN Study Group. Nada, A; Askenazi, D; Kupferman, JC; Mhanna, M; Mahan, JD; Boohaker, L; Li, L; Griffin, RL; Selewski, DT; Ambalavanan, N; et al. Pediatric Nephrology. 2022; 37:1675-1686.

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