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Katherine A. VandenHeuvel, MD

  • Staff Pathologist, Division of Pathology
  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • UC Department of Pediatrics
My approach to my practice is to balance information with compassion. Even though I do not meet many patients face-to-face, I look at each specimen as a unique opportunity to provide them, their family and their doctors with timely and accurate information.
Katherine A. VandenHeuvel, MD



I've always loved children and appreciated the unique medical conditions and needs they have. I grew up with a chronic disease that had me regularly interacting with healthcare providers, particularly pediatricians and pediatric specialists.

In the field of pathology, I focus on getting the best diagnostic information for each individual patient. Every day, my colleagues and I guide the approach to treatment with our findings. My approach to my practice is to balance information with compassion. Even though I do not meet many patients face-to-face, I look at each specimen as a unique opportunity to provide them, their family and their doctors with timely and accurate information.

I am a pediatric surgical pathologist with a specific focus on pediatric renal and neuroblastic tumors and renal pathology. I love having a specialty like renal pathology because it allows me to form a personal relationship with one set of clinicians — nephrologists — and to follow the course of a patient's condition over time.

Kidney biopsy diagnosis requires some special techniques, such as electron microscopy and fluorescent staining, that very few other biopsies need. Although these techniques take extra time, I'm in contact with the patient’s kidney doctors every step of the way.

My research involves understanding and treating kidney injuries that are related to sickle cell disease. We want to clarify the genes expressed in individual cells of the same Wilms tumor and how widely different they can be. We’re exploring how what we know about membranous nephropathy in adults also fits the disease in children.

In my free time, I enjoy singing with the Young Professionals Choral Collective here in Cincinnati. I performed in the student musical every year in medical school. In an alternate life, I would have been a librarian.

MD: Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, 2009.

Residency: Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI; Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, OU Health Science Center, Oklahoma City, OK.

Fellowship: Pediatric Pathology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.

Certification: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, 2016.


Pediatric kidney tumors; general pediatric surgical pathology

Services and Specialties

Pathology, Kidney Tumor Clinic

Research Areas



Human Nephrogenesis can Persist Beyond 40 Postnatal Days in Preterm Infants. Carpenter, J; Yarlagadda, S; VandenHeuvel, KA; Ding, L; Schuh, MP. Kidney International Reports. 2024; 9:436-450.

Atypical Presentation of Granulosa Cell Tumor in an Adolescent: A Case Report. Morrison, A; Pressey, JG; VandenHeuvel, K; Streich-Tilles, T. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. 2023; 36:553-555.

Carfilzomib-based antibody mediated rejection therapy in pediatric kidney transplant recipients. Cody, EM; Varnell, C; Lazear, D; VandenHeuvel, K; Flores, FX; Woodle, ES; Hooper, DK. Pediatric Transplantation. 2023; 27:e14534.

A novel RYR1 variant in an infant with a unique fetal presentation of central core disease. Baker, EK; Al Gharaibeh, FN; Bove, K; Calvo-Garcia, MA; Shillington, A; VandenHeuvel, K; Cortezzo, DM E. American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A. 2023; 191:1646-1651.

Microtubule-associated protein MAP1LC3C regulates lysosomal exocytosis and induces zinc reprogramming in renal cancer cells. Verma, R; Aggarwal, P; Bischoff, ME; Reigle, J; Secic, D; Wetzel, C; VandenHeuvel, K; Biesiada, J; Ehmer, B; Landero Figueroa, JA; Plas, DR; Medvedovic, M; Meller, J; Czyzyk-Krzeska, MF. The Journal of biological chemistry. 2023; 299:104663.

Olfactomedin 4 as a Loop of Henle-Specific AKI Biomarker That Predicts Furosemide Response. Hasson, DC; Krallman, KA; Zhang, B; Vandenheuvel, KA; Menon, S; Kempton, KM; Devarajan, P; Goldstein, S; Alder, MN. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology : JASN. 2022; 33:72.

Olfactomedin 4 as a novel loop of Henle-specific acute kidney injury biomarker. Hasson, DC; Krallman, K; VanDenHeuvel, K; Menon, S; Piraino, G; Devarajan, P; Goldstein, SL; Alder, M. Physiological Reports. 2022; 10:e15453.

Multiparametric quantitative renal MRI in children and young adults: comparison between healthy individuals and patients with chronic kidney disease. Dillman, JR; Benoit, SW; Gandhi, DB; Trout, AT; Tkach, JA; VandenHeuvel, K; Devarajan, P. Abdominal Radiology. 2022; 47:1840-1852.

Case Report: Atypical HUS Presenting With Acute Rhabdomyolysis Highlights the Need for Individualized Eculizumab Dosing. Benoit, SW; Fukuda, T; VandenHeuvel, K; Witte, D; Fuller, C; Willis, J; Dixon, BP; Drake, KA. Frontiers in Pediatrics. 2022; 10:841051.

Primary hyperoxaluria diagnosed after kidney transplant: A review of the literature and case report of aggressive renal replacement therapy and lumasiran to prevent allograft loss. Stone, HK; VandenHeuvel, K; Bondoc, A; Flores, FX; Hooper, DK; Varnell, CD. American Journal of Transplantation. 2021; 21:4061-4067.

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