I have always loved working with children and had a strong desire to help others. This passion, combined with wonderful role models, drew me to the pediatric nephrology specialty.
At Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, I’m fortunate to not only care for neonates and children with kidney disease, but also to study renal development to understand how nephrons are formed during pregnancy and, ultimately, reduce the risk of chronic kidney disease later in life.
I am particularly interested in how prematurity can affect the long-term risk of chronic kidney disease. I received a K12 Child Health Career Development Award from Cincinnati Children’s and the P50 Pilot & Feasibility Award from the National Institutes of Health to study this important problem. Our long-term goal is to restore or enhance nephron endowment in premature, low birth weight infants to decrease their chronic kidney disease risk.
As a member of the Fetal Care Team, I’m privileged to counsel families on what to expect after a significant renal anomaly is identified during the 20-week anatomy scan. These infants and their families remind me daily of why I became a physician-scientist.