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UPMC Children's Hospital 2022 Year in Review UPMC Children's Hospital 2022 Year in Review

Year in Review: 2023

A Note from the Pediatric Nephrology Division Chief

Our division prides itself on delivering the best possible patient care, training the next generation of physicians, and advancing our field through high-impact research. We are pleased to share highlights from our division in 2023. We continue to make great strides in:


  • Six faculty have research-intensive programs that are supported by five NIH R01 grants and two K23 grants.
  • Four faculty are engaged in laboratory-based research on topics including acute kidney injury (metabolism, proteostasis and microRNAs), prenatal exposures that impact kidney development, and chronic kidney disease (DNA damage and microRNAs).
  • Four faculty are engaged in patient-oriented research on topics including acute kidney injury, transplantation, electrolyte disorders, and chronic kidney diseases.
  • The nephrology program is involved in 12 ongoing clinical trials, including the following multicenter clinical trials.
    • VX-147 for APOOL-1 dependent FSGS
    • Tolvaptan in children with ARPKD
    • Iptacopan for C3 GN and immune complex MPGN


  • The division has an ongoing NIH R25 grant to support summer student research at UPMC Children’s, and is actively engaged in undergraduate, graduate, and medical student training.
  • Our pediatric nephrology fellowship has 3 pediatric nephrology fellows (+1 incoming), 2 adult-pediatric combined nephrology fellows, and 1 combined NICU-nephrology fellow.

Patient Care

  • A multidisciplinary Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT) program with 75 CRRT nurses.
    • We performed 731 treatment days (16,010 treatment hours) in patients ranging from 2.6 kg to 128 kg in 2023.
    • We performed 146 treatment days of aquapheresis (1,948 treatment hours).
    • We began a successful multidisciplinary CRRT simulation curriculum that occurs monthly.
    • We continue offering multiple strategies for anticoagulation, including heparin, citrate, argatroban, and prostacyclin, allowing us to successfully dialyze critically ill patients with multiple comorbidities.
  • The hypertension program boasts 24 ambulatory blood pressure monitors and performed 270 studies in 2023.
  • The kidney transplant program performed 14 transplants in 2023, of which 50% were living donor and 50% were preemptive with a 100% 1-year graft survival. There were 24 transplant referrals.

Because of these accomplishments and the exceptional clinical care we provide every day, we would like to ask for your help in recognizing UPMC Children’s excellence by participating in the annual U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospitals survey of physicians on Doximity. While U.S. News & World Report considers many factors in determining top hospitals, physician opinion continues to be an important factor.

It is an honor for us to be consistently recognized as among the best in the nation and we hope you will recognize the outstanding work of our faculty and staff by voting for UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

We are incredibly proud of our distinguished alumni who are making a huge impact in the medical field through their clinical care and research. Thank you for your continued support.

Peds Neph Division

UPMC Children’s Nephrology Division at our first Annual Retreat in 2023.

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Jacqueline Ho, MD, MSc

Division Chief, Pediatric Nephrology, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics

UPMC Children’s Ranks as the #8 Best Pediatric Hospital in the U.S.

One of the best children's hospitals, ranked in neprology by U.S. News and World Report.UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is recognized as one of the top pediatric hospitals in the country, earning the #8 position on the 2023-24 U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.

The Division of Pediatric Nephrology ranked #9 in the nation among other pediatric nephrology programs.

Division Holds First Annual Renal Retreat for Faculty

On May 25th, the Division of Pediatric Nephrology at UPMC Children' Hospital of Pittsburgh convened for its first annual renal retreat. The entire Division gathered for a day of discussions about the Division's mission and vision, its ongoing clinical and research work, and to exchange ideas and collaborate with colleagues on ways to improve patient care.

Pediatrics Residency Ranked Among Top Ten In The Country

Ranked as among the top ten of residency programs in the country by Doximity. This incredible recognition highlights the strength and robustness of our residency program, which provides world-class faculty mentoring and advising to our residents, helping them develop into the next generation of leading pediatricians, clinicians, and scientists.