The mission of the of the Division of Nephrology is: 

  • To care for children with renal and urinary tract disorders, directly and/or in consultation with other physicians 
  • To provide high-quality care, using the highest moral, ethical, and professional conduct 
  • To promote knowledge of renal topics to primary physicians, residents, medical students, advanced practice providers, and nurses through direct teaching and mentoring 
  • To extend knowledge of pathophysiology of renal disease through basic, clinical, and translational research 
  • To train pediatric nephrology fellows to become outstanding clinical nephrologists and to have the fellows engage in high-quality kidney/urinary tract–based research projects 


The Division of Nephrology’s faculty consists of ten pediatric nephrologists and two PhD investigators. Among the nephrologists, Drs. Michael Moritz, Yosuke Miyashita, Christina Nguyen, and Paul Fadakar are focused primarily on clinical activities and Drs. Carlton Bates, Agnieszka Swiatecka-Urban, Jacqueline Ho, Dana Fuhrman (dual appointment to Nephrology and Critical Care), Emily Joyce, and Melissa Anslow are focused on research, spanning clinical to basic discovery. Drs. Sunder Sims-Lucas, PhD, and Rannar Airik, PhD, are engaged in basic science research.  

The division has robust external funding for research, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) (Bates, Ho, Swiatecka-Urban, Nguyen, Airik, Sims-Lucas) and has one of only five NIH T32 training grants which provides funding for the Pediatric Nephrology fellowship training (Bates, PI). The division also has active research projects in association with the Midwest Pediatric Nephrology Consortium (Miyashita) and has joined the national Improving Renal Outcomes Collaborative (Nguyen), an organization devoted to eliminating the survival disparity between children with kidney diseases and the general population. The Division of Nephrology is a participant in the national Nephrotoxic Injury Negated by Just-in-time Action (NINJA) program (Fuhrman), a quality improvement program that reduces nephrotoxic medication-associated acute kidney injury and hosts its annual Nephrotic Syndrome Symposia, drawing in speakers and participants across the world (organized by Dr. Swiatecka-Urban). 

Clinical Activities

The Pediatric Nephrology Division at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh is the sole provider of specialty nephrology care, including dialysis, for children in the Pittsburgh area and for children within a 100-mile radius of the hospital. The pediatric nephrology program is among the top five largest pediatric kidney transplant programs in the country provided service to patients from Pennsylvania and 18 additional states.