Dana Fuhrman served as a pediatric intensivist and nephrologist with an overall research interest in predicting and preventing acute kidney injury (AKI) in children and young adults. Specifically, she worked toward establishing a method to predict a kidney’s response to stress and decline in glomerular filtration rate (GFR) over time. She previously studied and published a method to quantify renal functional reserve in healthy young adults. She plans to determine whether renal functional reserve values and differences in baseline tubular biomarkers may serve to identify a kidney with favorable “renal fitness,” defined by the ability to respond well to renal stress and, therefore, show a decreased risk of AKI and chronic kidney disease (CKD). She studied young adult patients with congenital heart disease, who are at risk for numerous kidney injuries across a lifetime and the development of CKD. She was a co-investigator for the Prospective Pediatric Acute Kidney Injury Research Group through Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, an international research consortium dedicated to advancing research in pediatric AKI.
Major Lectureships and Seminars
- “Renal Replacement Therapy on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO),”Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital Annual ECMO Conference, August 2016
Professional Affiliations/Society Memberships
- American Society of Nephrology
- American Society of Pediatric Nephrology
- Society of Critical Care Medicine
Education & Training
- DO: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Philadelphia, PA
- Residency: University of Rochester Medical Center Rochester, NY
- Fellowships: University of Rochester Medical Center Rochester, NY University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Pittsburgh, PA
Fuhrman DY, Maier PS, Schwartz GJ (2013) Rapid assessment of renal reserve in young adults by cystatin C. The Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation 73:265-268. PMID: 23461550.
Fuhrman DY, Kellum JA (2017) Epidemiology and pathophysiology of cardiac surgery-associated acute kidney injury. Curr Opin Anaesthesiol 30:60-65. PMID: 2780742.
Rodenbach KE, Fuhrman DY, Maier PS, Schwartz GJ (2017) Renal response to a protein load in healthy young adults as determined by iohexol infusion clearance, cimetidine-inhibited creatinine clearance, and cystatin C estimated glomerular filtration rate. J Ren Nutr 27(4):275-281. PMID: 28389059.
Fuhrman DY, Kellum JA (2016) Biomarkers for diagnosis, prognosis and intervention in acute kidney injury. Contributions to Nephrology 187:47-54. PMID: 26881914.
Dr. Fuhrman's training background resulting in board certification in both pediatric nephrology and critical care medicine has driven her interest in critical care nephrology research. Specifically, her current research focus centers on the kidney health of young adults with congenital heart disease. Adults with congenital heart disease is a growing population that is at risk for numerous kidney insults across a lifetime. She is currently studying how glomerular reserve and urinary biomarkers can be used to predict acute kidney injury and progression to chronic kidney disease.