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Natalja Stanski, MD

  • Co-Director, Center for Acute Care Nephrology
  • Attending Physician, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



I have always enjoyed caring for others in their time of need; consequently, becoming a physician seemed like an appropriate fit. I was specifically drawn to pediatrics because I love children, and to critical care because I enjoy caring for acutely ill patients and their families during what is undoubtedly one of the most difficult times of their lives. I specialize in pediatric critical care medicine.

My research interest is predicting and diagnosing acute kidney injury (AKI), specifically identifying underlying AKI subphenotypes. AKI is a heterogeneous disease state that results in worse outcomes for our patients. We have difficulty diagnosing it and there are no disease-modifying therapies to successfully treat it. The goal of my research is to improve the precision of AKI diagnosis and develop strategies for early and accurate prediction of which patients will be affected. These combined elements could help us more effectively identify and test the appropriate therapy for individual patients.

During my fellowship, I received numerous awards for my research, including the top abstract award at two large international AKI conferences. I was awarded Top Abstract at the International Symposium on Acute Kidney Injury in Children (2018) and Top Fellow Abstract at the AKI and Continuous Renal Replacement Therapies (CRRT) Conference (2020). I was also given the Gold Snapshot Abstract Award at the Critical Care Congress (2019) and the Top Abstract Award at the Cincinnati Children's Boat Lectures (2020). I obtained my board certification in general pediatrics in 2017.


Consensus-Based Recommendations on Priority Activities to Address Acute Kidney Injury in Children: A Modified Delphi Consensus Statement. Goldstein, SL; Akcan-Arikan, A; Alobaidi, R; Askenazi, DJ; Bagshaw, SM; Barhight, M; Barreto, E; Bayrakci, B; Bignall, ON R; Bjornstad, E; et al. JAMA Network Open. 2022; 5.

Subphenotypes of acute kidney injury in children. Gist, KM; Fuhrman, D; Stanski, N; Menon, S; Soranno, DE. Current Opinion in Critical Care. 2022.

A risk-stratified assessment of biomarker-based acute kidney injury phenotypes in children. Stanski, NL; Krallman, KA; Chima, RS; Goldstein, SL. Pediatric Research. 2022.

Connecting Brain and Kidney: The Systemic Effects of Acute kidney Injury after Cardiac Surgery. Stanski, NL; Slagle, CL; Gist, KM. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2022.

Controversies in paediatric acute kidney injury and continuous renal replacement therapy: can paediatric care lead the way to precision acute kidney injury medicine?. Stanski, NL; Fuhrman, D; Basu, RK. Current Opinion in Critical Care. 2021; 27:604-610.

Recalibration of the Renal Angina Index for Pediatric Septic Shock. Stanski, NL; Wong, HR; Basu, RK; Cvijanovich, NZ; Fitzgerald, JC; Weiss, SL; Bigham, MT; Jain, PN; Schwarz, A; Lutfi, R; et al. Kidney International Reports. 2021; 6:1858-1867.

A Precision Medicine Approach to Biomarker Utilization in Pediatric Sepsis-Associated Acute Kidney Injury. Odum, JD; Wong, HR; Stanski, NL. Frontiers in Pediatrics. 2021; 9.

Severe acute kidney injury is independently associated with mortality in children with septic shock. Stanski, NL; Cvijanovich, NZ; Fitzgerald, JC; Bigham, MT; Wong, HR; Shock, GP S. Intensive Care Medicine. 2020; 46:1050-1051.

PERSEVERE Biomarkers Predict Severe Acute Kidney Injury and Renal Recovery in Pediatric Septic Shock. Stanski, NL; Stenson, EK; Cvijanovich, NZ; Weiss, SL; Fitzgerald, JC; Bigham, MT; Jain, PN; Schwarz, A; Lutfi, R; Nowak, J; et al. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2020; 201:848-855.

Prognostic and predictive enrichment in sepsis. Stanski, NL; Wong, HR. Nature Reviews Nephrology. 2020; 16:20-31.

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