A photo of Natalja Stanski.

Attending Physician, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

Instructor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

My Biography & Research


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.

Clinical Interests

Critical care nephrology

Research Interests

Acute kidney injury; sepsis

Academic Affiliation

Instructor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Critical Care, Center for Acute Care Nephrology CACN

Research Divisions

Critical Care

My Education

MD: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, 2014.

Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2017.

Certification: General Pediatrics, 2017.

Fellowship: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2020.

My Publications

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.

Integration of urinary neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin with serum creatinine delineates acute kidney injury phenotypes in critically ill children. Stanski, N; Menon, S; Goldstein, SL; Basu, RK. Journal of Critical Care. 2019; 53:1-7.