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Congratulations to Dr. Cynthia Wong, who was honored on May 13, 2024, as the recipient of the Medical Staff Impact Award for her work with our neonatal dialysis program. Dr. Wong has done outstanding work with our chronic program for two decades, and over the past year, she has been responsible for developing our program in the NephroNICU.

Congratulations to Kim Piburn, DO on receiving the IPTA-TTS Congress Scientific Award for High tacrolimus intrapatient variability is associated with inferior graft outcomes in pediatric and young adult kidney transplant recipients.

Scott Sutherland, MD and Cynthia Wong, MD featured in Washington Post

Making More Miracles

Kim Piburn was nominated for the Kelley Skeff Professionalism Award 

For parents: What to Know Before Your Child’s Kidney Transplant

Paul Grimm, MD, pediatric nephrologist and medical director of the Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program at Stanford Children’s Health, addresses common questions from parents of children undergoing kidney transplantation.



Welcome 2021 Pediatric Nephrology Fellows

Xavier Gaeta, MD

Joseph Myrie, MD

Jessica Williams, MD

Scott Sutherland, MD Appointed  as Chief of Division of Nephrology

The Department of Pediatrics is pleased to announce that Scott Sutherland, MD, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, has been appointed as Chief of the Division of Nephrology. Dr. Sutherland will build upon the storied legacy established by Dr. Steve Alexander during his remarkable 23-year tenure in this role.

Dr. Sutherland is widely recognized as a dedicated and generous clinician, mentor, and educator, as well as an innovative clinical investigator for his impactful research on acute kidney injury in children. He received his BA in Chemistry and Economics from Duke University and MD from Yale University. He completed his pediatrics residency and nephrology fellowship here at Stanford and joined the faculty in 2008. Since then, he has advanced all elements of our academic mission in leadership roles in the School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. These include his service as Director of the Renal Rotation for our pediatrics residents, Medical Director of Acute Dialysis Therapies and Apheresis, and founding Co-Director of the Cardiorenal Clinic. In 2017, he was appointed as the inaugural Associate Chair for Clinical Faculty Affairs in the Department of Pediatrics. In this role, he spearheaded the creation of peer scholarly communities and the redesign of our mentoring program. He also forged strong partnerships with LPCH clinical operations leadership. This work has set the stage for significant growth in clinical, education, and research programs; we are delighted that he will continue to serve in this vitally important Associate Chair role.

Paramount to Dr. Sutherland’s scholarly achievements is an unparalleled can-do and collaborative approach that enables him to tackle one of the most intractable challenges in nephrology – prevention, recognition, and treatment of acute kidney injury (AKI) in children. He is at the forefront of research leveraging electronic medical record and big data to improve the care of children with AKI. At Stanford, he led the Negating Injury from Nephrotoxins using Just-in-time Action (NINJA) quality improvement initiative that was funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. As a result, he was invited to serve as a co-leader on the national steering committee to disseminate NINJA through the 140 pediatric hospitals engaged in Solutions for Patient Safety. Among his many seminal research accomplishments, he advanced our collective understanding of the role of fluid overload and mortality in children requiring continuous kidney replacement therapy in the ICU setting and codified the concept of renal recovery as an AKI related outcome and proxy for AKI severity. As an Assessment of Worldwide Acute Kidney Injury, Renal Angina, and Epidemiology (AWARE) investigator, he led the study demonstrating that application of both creatinine and urine output criteria leads to a more comprehensive epidemiologic assessment of AKI and identifies a subset of children who are at higher risk for morbidity and mortality. These accomplishments are even more impressive given his commitment to training, clinical care, and overseeing complex and rapidly evolving programs to provide renal replacement therapy for critically ill infants and children.

Dr. Sutherland’s reputation as a clinician, mentor, and educator of the highest order is well-established. He has been described as a trusted, exemplary, and quintessential academic physician who takes pride in others’ success, models clear and effective communication, embraces evidence-based medicine, and has a special way of empowering patients, families, housestaff, and faculty alike.

The newest generation of leaders in pediatric nephrology stands on the shoulders of giants – and Dr. Alexander is a leader among giants. During his distinguished tenure as Chief of the Division of Nephrology, he established Stanford and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital as truly preeminent in pediatric nephrology. His impact on the field more broadly is immeasurable. He is widely lauded for his visionary leadership as the co-founder of the North American Pediatric Renal Trials and Collaborative Studies (NAPRTCS) program that enabled countless groundbreaking advances in dialysis and transplantation over the last 30 years. As co-editor of the definitive Pediatric Dialysis textbook and founding Director of the annual Fundamentals of Dialysis in Children conference, he has educated generations of pediatric nephrologists and saved the lives of countless children worldwide. We are grateful that he will continue to serve in the Division for years to come.

Email sent on behalf of Mary Leonard, MD, MSCE - Monday, February 1, 2021

News Highlights

We have the busiest children’s kidney transplant program in the country. Hear from Paul Grimm, MD, about how Packard Children's offers children and their families a chance and hope:

Dr. Mary Leonard Elected to American Pediatric Society: Mary Leonard, MD, MSCE, professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics and director of MCHRI, has been elected to the American Pediatric Society (APS). She will serve as Vice-President from May 2020 to 2021 and President from May 2021 to 2022.

Pediatric Nephrology 2020 Graduates...


Lakshmi Ganesan and Sony Ton

Congrats Sony Ton & Lakshmi Ganesan on graduating!!!

Paul C. Grimm, MD was awarded the Mid-Senior Career Clinical Excellence Award on June 26, 2020 at the Department of Pediatrics Faculty & Staff Awards.

Congratulations Dr. Grimm!!!

ATC 2020

Kim Piburn 1st year Fellow:

ADC – Annual Dialysis Conference in KC, Feb 2020.

Kim was the recipient of the STC-Stump the Consultants case. She received a $500 travel grant for this and presented her poster at the conference.

ADC 2020

Kim Piburn, Lokesh Shah & Ruby Patel all 1st year fellows that attended the ADC.

ADC – Annual Dialysis Conference in KC, February 2020.

Kim Piburn 1st year Fellow poster presentation.

A celebration of disability at Stanford Medicine

Author Mandy Erickson Published on August 19, 2019

Ken Sutha, MD, an instructor in pediatric nephrology, has received two kidney transplants and has undergone dialysis. Though his disability is intermittent, he says, "I have come to embrace the title disabled. There's collective power in embracing that title, in owning it."

Medical student Shayna Cooperman, who has a cochlear implant, echoed Sutha's sentiments: "I identify as being disabled," she said. "I'm quite proud of it." Sutha and Cooperman spoke at the Aug. 12 launch of the Stanford Medicine Abilities Coalition (SMAC), a group supporting those at the School of Medicine and the hospitals with disabilities. The event, which featured ZDoggMD, included a panel discussion with Stanford Medicine professionals with disabilities.

Disability -- which, according to SMAC, includes learning differences, mobility challenges, mental illness, chronic disease, deafness, blindness, autism and other differences -- is "a fundamental part of diversity," said Peter Poullos, MD, an associate professor of radiology.

Diversity Statement

Our division and fellowship program are committed to recruiting and supporting those who identify as underrepresented in medicine based on factors such as race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and more. We are committed to creating a culture of openness, acceptance, and celebration of our collective differences and experiences.