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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

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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

Preliminary Assessment of Acute Kidney Injury in Critically Ill Children Associated with SARS-CoV-2 Infection: A Multicenter Cross-Sectional Analysis. Bjornstad, EC; Krallman, KA; Askenazi, D; Zappitelli, M; Goldstein, SL; Basu, RK. Clinical journal of the American Society of Nephrology : CJASN. 2021; 16:446-448.

Low hemoglobin levels are independently associated with neonatal acute kidney injury: a report from the AWAKEN Study Group. Nada, A; Boohaker, LJ; Charlton, J; Askenazi, D; Li, L; Mahan, JD; Griffin, RL; Selewski, DT; Ambalavanan, N; Sarkar, S; et al. Pediatric Research. 2021; 89:922-931.

Use of the Selective Cytopheretic Device in Critically Ill Children. Goldstein, SL; Askenazi, DJ; Basu, RK; Selewski, DT; Paden, ML; Krallman, KA; Kirby, CL; Mottes, TA; Terrell, T; Humes, HD. Kidney International Reports. 2021; 6:775-784.

Assessment of a modified renal angina index for AKI prediction in critically ill adults. Ortiz-Soriano, V; Kabir, S; Claure-Del Granado, R; Stromberg, A; Toto, RD; Moe, OW; Goldstein, SL; Neyra, JA. Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation. 2021.

Use of Fenoldopam in Children with Congenital Heart Disease to Decrease Fluid Balance: A Retrospective, Descriptive Study and Insights into Predictors of Decreased Fluid Balance. Rausa, J; Loomba, RS; Dorsey, V; Chandra, P; Penk, JS; Flores, S; Villarreal, EG; Goldstein, SL. Journal of Pediatric Intensive Care. 2021.

Clinical phenotypes of acute kidney injury are associated with unique outcomes in critically ill septic children. Basu, RK; Hackbarth, R; Gillespie, S; Akcan-Arikan, A; Brophy, P; Bagshaw, S; Alobaidi, R; Goldstein, SL. Pediatric Research. 2021.

Early prediction of pediatric acute kidney injury from the emergency department: A pilot study. Hanson, HR; Carlisle, MA; Bensman, RS; Byczkowski, T; Depinet, H; Terrell, TC; Pitner, H; Knox, R; Goldstein, SL; Basu, RK. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2021; 40:138-144.

Population pharmacokinetics of olanzapine in children. Maharaj, AR; Wu, H; Zimmerman, KO; Autmizguine, J; Kalra, R; Al-Uzri, A; Sherwin, CM T; Goldstein, SL; Watt, K; Erinjeri, J; et al. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. 2021; 87:542-554.

Improving the quality of neonatal acute kidney injury care: neonatal-specific response to the 22nd Acute Disease Quality Initiative (ADQI) conference. Harer, MW; Selewski, DT; Kashani, K; Basu, RK; Gist, KM; Jetton, JG; Sutherland, SM; Zappitelli, M; Goldstein, SL; Mottes, TA; et al. Journal of Perinatology. 2021; 41:185-195.

Blood transfusion rates in Baby NINJA (Nephrotoxic Injury Negated by Just-in-Time Action)-a single-center experience. Gavigan, HW; Slagle, CL; Krallman, KA; Poindexter, BB; Hooper, DK; Goldstein, SL. Pediatric Nephrology. 2021.