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Clinical Director, Division of Pediatric Nephrology, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Medical Director, Pediatric Dialysis, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Specialty:

Pediatrics

Secondary Specialty:

Nephrology (Kidneys)
Pediatric Nephrology

Board Certifications:

Pediatric Nephrology
Pediatrics

Education:

MD, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine Chicago, IL

Residency:

University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Fellowships:

Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

Michael Moritz, MD

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Clinical Director, Division of Pediatric Nephrology, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Medical Director, Pediatric Dialysis, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

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Biography

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Biography Summary

Michael L. Moritz, MD, completed his medical school and residency at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his fellowship in pediatric nephrology at Texas Children's Hospital and from there he moved on to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he was medical director of the pediatric dialysis unit. Dr. Moritz joined the faculty at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in 1999 where he is currently the Medical Director of Pediatric Dialysis and Clinical Director of the Division of Pediatric Nephrology. Dr. Moritz is also Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Dr. Moritz has been recognized for his outstanding clinical work, teaching and research. He has won the faculty-teaching award at both The University of Chicago and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. He was a recipient of the ACES award for the outstanding clinical faculty at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Dr. Moritz has also been elected to the Society for Pediatric Research.

Dr. Moritz's primary research interests are in sodium and water metabolism in children. Dr. Moritz in an expert on the epidemiology, evaluation and treatment of dysnatremias in children and Adults. He has published and lectured extensively on this topic including publications in the New England Journal of Medicine and invited lectures at the Pediatric Academic Society annual meeting. He has done seminal work in this field, pointing out the dangers of using hypotonic fluids in hospitalized children as it has resulted in numerous cases of iatrogenic death or permanent neurological injury. Dr. Moritz was the first to recommend the use of 0.9% sodium chloride in maintenance fluids in hospitalized children as prophylaxis against developing hospital acquired hyponatremia. Dr. Moritz also introduced the concept of using repeated 3% sodium chloride boluses for the treatment of hyponatremic encephalopathy which is now become the accepted therapy. Dr. Moritz is also an expert in salt poisoning in children and has been involved in multiple alleged salt poisoning criminal cases.

Dr. Moritz serves on the editorial board of numerous journals. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers in Pediatrics and on the editorial board of Pediatric Nephrology. He is also the winner of the Publons Peer Review Award.

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