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Clark D. West Endowed Chair

Director, Center for Acute Care Nephrology 

Medical Director, Pheresis Service

Co-Director, Heart Institute Research Core

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



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My Biography & Research


As a pediatric kidney specialist, I treat children and adolescents in all areas of pediatric nephrology. These include general nephrology, acute kidney injury (AKI), dialysis, transplantation and tuberous sclerosis. I also consult on fetal care if there is a problem with the unborn baby’s kidneys.

I was drawn to the field of nephrology by the opportunity it presents to improve the outcomes for children with kidney problems. Working with children and their families, I help patients reach their full potential. Nephrology also allows me to practice across the entire spectrum of pediatric illness, from acute critical care, to chronic care and outpatient care.

My research is focused on short- and long-term outcomes for children who have AKI and those who are at risk for AKI. I’m interested in AKI epidemiology and outcomes, acute renal replacement therapy and investigation of novel urinary AKI biomarkers in the pediatric population.

In 2012, I established Prospective Pediatric AKI Research Group (ppAKI-RG). The ppAKI-RG is comprised of more than 60 centers around the world with the goal of improving outcomes for the child with, or at-risk for, AKI. This consortium focuses on multicentered research studies that are dedicated to understanding and treating AKI in pediatric patients. This group has completed three major, unprecedented national and international studies to accurately characterize pediatric AKI epidemiology, reduce AKI and improve patient outcomes.

I also developed the only pediatric-specific, acute-care nephrology subspecialty fellowship with graduates who are now leaders in the field of pediatric AKI.

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Clinical Interests

Acute kidney injury; continuous renal replacement therapy; cardio-renal syndrome; nephrotoxic medication associated morbidity

Research Interests

Acute kidney injury epidemiology and biomarkers; heart failure associated chronic kidney disease; nephrotoxic medication associated acute kidney injury reduction

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Nephrology and Hypertension, Dialysis, End-Stage Renal Disease, Tuberous Sclerosis, Nephrology - Acute Care, Heart, Colorectal Disorders, Fontan Management, Cardiology, Nephrology and Hypertension, Heart

Blog Posts

Better AWAREness of Acute Kidney Injury Could Transform Intensive Care

Emergency and Critical Care

Better AWAREness of Acute Kidney Injury Could Transform Intensive Care

Stuart L. Goldstein, MD, FAAP, FNKF6/30/2019

7 Things Parents Need To Know About Nephrotoxic Medications

BlogRare and Complex Conditions

7 Things Parents Need To Know About Nephrotoxic Medications

By Stuart Goldstein, MD3/10/2016

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My Education

MD: Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY, 1990.

Residency: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.

Fellowship: Pediatric Nephrology, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA.

My Publications

In Vitro Evaluation of Resistance and Warming Performance of a Small Blood Warmer on a Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy Circuit. Roy, J; Reagor, J; Klein, T; Morgan, J; Palazzolo, A; Ratcliff, J; Goldstein, SL. Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis. 2020; 24:197-201.

Risk of Acute Kidney Injury following Contrast-enhanced CT in Hospitalized Pediatric Patients: A propensity score analysis. Gilligan, LA; Davenport, MS; Trout, AT; Su, W; Zhang, B; Goldstein, SL; Dillman, JR. Radiology. 2020; 294:548-556.

A prospective multi-center quality improvement initiative (NINJA) indicates a reduction in nephrotoxic acute kidney injury in hospitalized children. Goldstein, SL; Dahale, D; Kirkendall, ES; Mottes, T; Kaplan, H; Muething, S; Askenazi, DJ; Henderson, T; Dill, L; Somers, MJ G; et al. Kidney International. 2020; 97:580-588.

Thromboembolic Events Are Independently Associated with Liver Stiffness in Patients with Fontan Circulation. Alsaied, T; Possner, M; Lubert, AM; Trout, AT; Gandhi, JP; Garr, B; Palumbo, JS; Palermo, JJ; Lorts, A; Veldtman, GR; et al. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2020; 9:418-418.

The impact of fluid balance on outcomes in premature neonates: a report from the AWAKEN study group. Selewski, DT; Gist, KM; Nathan, AT; Goldstein, SL; Boohaker, LJ; Akcan-Arikan, A; Bonachea, EM; Hanna, M; Joseph, C; Mahan, JD; et al. Pediatric Research. 2020; 87:550-557.

Assessment of the independent and synergistic effects of fluid overload and acute kidney injury on outcomes of critically ill children. Gist, KM; Selewski, DT; Brinton, J; Menon, S; Goldstein, SL; Basu, RK. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2020; 21:170-177.

Acute Kidney Injury and Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia in Premature Neonates Born Less than 32 Weeks' Gestation. Starr, MC; Boohaker, L; Eldredge, LC; Menon, S; Griffin, R; Mayock, DE; Li, L; Askenazi, D; Hingorani, S; Ambalavanan, N; et al. American Journal of Perinatology: neonatal and maternal-fetal medicine. 2020; 37:341-348.

Pediatric Acute Kidney Injury—The Time for Nihilism Is Over. Goldstein, SL. Frontiers in Pediatrics. 2020; 8.

Urine Output Assessment in Acute Kidney Injury: The Cheapest and Most Impactful Biomarker. Goldstein, SL. Frontiers in Pediatrics. 2020; 7.

Keep children with CKD safe from inappropriate prescribing. Goldstein, SL. Clinical journal of the American Society of Nephrology : CJASN. 2020; 15:8-9.