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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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"Nephrology also allows me to practice across the entire spectrum of pediatric illness, from acute critical care, to chronic care and outpatient care."

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

Clinical Divisions

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

Research Divisions

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

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

Aki!now initiative: Recommendations for awareness, recognition, and management of aki. Liu, KD; Goldstein, SL; Vijayan, A; Parikh, CR; Kashani, K; Okusa, MD; Agarwal, A; Cerdá, J. Clinical journal of the American Society of Nephrology : CJASN. 2020; 15:1838-1847.

Clinical evaluation of the Prismaflex™ HF 20 set and Prismaflex™ system 7.10 for acute continuous kidney replacement therapy (CKRT) in children. Munshi, R; Lee-Son, K; Hackbarth, RM; Quigley, R; Sutherland, SM; Echeverri, J; Goldstein, SL. Pediatric Nephrology. 2020; 35:2345-2352.

COVID-19-associated acute kidney injury: consensus report of the 25th Acute Disease Quality Initiative (ADQI) Workgroup. Nadim, MK; Forni, LG; Mehta, RL; Connor, MJ; Liu, KD; Ostermann, M; Rimmelé, T; Zarbock, A; Bell, S; Bihorac, A; et al. Nature Reviews Nephrology. 2020; 16:747-764.

Urine neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin in girls with recurrent urinary tract infections. Forster, CS; Loechtenfeldt, AM; Shah, SS; Goldstein, S. Pediatric Nephrology. 2020; 35:2121-2128.

Developing Consensus-Based Outcome Domains for Trials in Children and Adolescents With CKD: An International Delphi Survey. Logeman, C; Guha, C; Howell, M; Hanson, CS; Craig, JC; Samuel, S; Zappitelli, M; Matsuda-Abedini, M; Dart, A; Furth, S; et al. American Journal of Kidney Diseases. 2020; 76:533-545.

Recommendations on Acute Kidney Injury Biomarkers From the Acute Disease Quality Initiative Consensus Conference: A Consensus Statement. Ostermann, M; Zarbock, A; Goldstein, S; Kashani, K; Macedo, E; Murugan, R; Bell, M; Forni, L; Guzzi, L; Joannidis, M; et al. JAMA Network Open. 2020; 3:e2019209-e2019209.

Prevalence of acute kidney injury (AKI) in extremely low gestational age neonates (ELGAN). Askenazi, DJ; Heagerty, PJ; Schmicker, RH; Griffin, R; Brophy, P; Juul, SE; Mayock, DE; Goldstein, SL; Hingorani, S; Consortium, PE N U T T. Pediatric Nephrology. 2020; 35:1737-1748.

Acute kidney injury in children: Being AWARE. Dharnidharka, VR; Ciccia, EA; Goldstein, SL. Pediatrics. 2020; 146:e20200880-e20200880.

Kidney and blood pressure abnormalities 6 years after acute kidney injury in critically ill children: a prospective cohort study. Benisty, K; Morgan, C; Hessey, E; Huynh, L; Joffe, AR; Garros, D; Dancea, A; Sauve, R; Palijan, A; Pizzi, M; et al. Pediatric Research. 2020; 88:271-278.

Central Venous Catheter Utilization and Complications in the Pediatric Cardiac ICU: A Report from the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium (PC4)∗. DiPietro, LM; Gaies, M; Banerjee, M; Donohue, JE; Zhang, W; DeSena, HC; Graham, EM; Sasaki, J; Moga, M; Prodhan, P; et al. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2020; 21:729-737.