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.
Acute kidney injury; continuous renal replacement therapy; cardio-renal syndrome; nephrotoxic medication associated morbidity
Acute kidney injury epidemiology and biomarkers; heart failure associated chronic kidney disease; nephrotoxic medication associated acute kidney injury reduction
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