Stuart Goldstein, MD, director of Cincinnati Children’s Center for Acute Care Nephrology, received the International Vicenza Award for Critical Care Nephrology at the 31st Course on Critical Care Nephrology in June 2013. This award recognizes individuals who have made seminal clinical research advancements that have significantly improved the care of critically ill patients with acute kidney injury (AKI), which have been adopted worldwide.

Goldstein has been an active investigator in the field of pediatric AKI since 2000. His main research has focused on AKI epidemiology and outcomes, acute renal replacement therapy provision and investigation of novel urinary AKI biomarkers in the pediatric population. He has a strong record of interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration, evidenced by his establishment and directing of the Prospective Pediatric Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy and its success, as well as collaboration with critical care physicians, cardiologists and emergency medicine physicians to study AKI in their populations.

In 2013, Center for Acute Care Nephrology researchers have published groundbreaking studies including the validation of the Renal Angina model, developed by Goldstein, to predict persistent AKI in critically ill children, and results of a quality improvement project using the electronic health record to identify children at risk for nephrotoxic medication associated AKI. In the coming year, both of these projects will be expanded in multi-center initiatives using the Prospective Pediatric AKI Research Group, an international 30 site research network developed by Goldstein since his arrival to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Goldstein is the eighth recipient, and first pediatrician, to receive the Vicenza Award.