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Nephrology (Kidneys)Pediatric Nephrology
MD, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine Chicago, IL
University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine Chicago, IL
Baylor College of Medicine Houston, TX
UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
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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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Total Comments: 34
GOOD: Dr Moritz spent more time with my wife and I than expected and explained what was going on with him that was easy to understand). It was a 2 year surveillance exam for our son. GOOD-ish: We used to be able to have the ultrasound in the room, but that was an extra appointment that he had to make during our son's exam. He said the software was difficult to use and that it was a barrier to care (my words, not his). We were comfortable with that, because though we didn't get immediate results from Dr. Moritz due to the fact that he didn't actual perform the ultrasound, we did get a call later that day. Besides, the ultrasound tech do this every single day. GOOD: Because we had a follow-up with the ultrasound, we had to wait for a 1pm appt. We asked at the desk and they got us in earlier. We actually left the hospital at around 1pm. So thanks thank you ultrasound folks!
excellent care from all Upmc caregivers dr. moritz is a great doctor and is very good at what he does
we were not notified about getting our child blood work or test done prior to visit
The provider was great.
everyone was very kind and helpful
Dr. Moritz has taken great care of my son.
Dr Moritz is an awesome doctor!!!
Dr Moritz was very helpful during our appointment and gave us hope that he would be able to help our son get into remission.
Dr moritz is always to the point and talks in terms that are understood! he's an exceptional doctor and always very thorough with us!
We've only ever had good experiences with the provider.
Dr Moritz is awesome!!
The Dr seems to think she is displaying behavior issues due to her condition. My child is very complex because of all of her health issues. He did say we have all of the right Dr's for her.
Completely satisfied with everyone I made contact with during this visit. Thank you.
The staff and Dr Moritz are always great and helpful!
very thorough evaluation
The only issue I always face during these visits are wait time. We come to hospital since 8:00 am and wait until 11:30 to see doctor. Its too much waiting time which seems longer specially with a 9 year old nothing to do in a small room. Also I am a working mom and cannot afford waiting for half of a day just for 10 mins visit. There should be some solution for this.
DR. MORITZ IS A TOP-NOTCH, EXPERT PROVIDER. WE ARE GRATEFUL TO HAVE HIM AS OUR SON'S MEDICAL PROVIDER. HE HAS TOP-OF-MIND AWARENESS OF OUR SON'S MEDICAL CONDITION AND HISTORY.
Dr. Moritz is awesome. very friendly and caring. loved him.
Dr. Moritz is an amazing doctor who always makes me feel like I am getting the best health care for my condition with. He always shows patience and never gets frustrated, even when he's asked the same question several times. I would recommend him to anyone that needed a nephrology doctor and I'm very happy that my family and I found him to be my doctor.
Dr. Moritz is the best doctor ever. he has been my nephrologist since i was 4/5. he always makes time for questions and will spend the time needed until i understand. his office is very prompt on phone calls back. he deserves a gold star.
Excellent communication. For our peace of mind, we do appropriate lab updates as soon as the information is available.
excellent health care experience in all areas
The doctor explained everything and was very nice.
It was nice that the Dr could ultrasound her kidneys right there in the office and was able to identify a problem right away instead of having to wait for tests in the future
Please do not change a thing. Everything went well!!!
excellent care all the way around
Dr. Moritz has always shown compassion and is responsive to the needs of our son. For the past 10 years. we have felt comfort in having Dr. Moritz care for our son.
The wait is usually long in nephrology, but we love the office, Dr. Moritz, and everyone there.
I only had one problem. My sons appointment was at 8:30, we were put in an exam room by 834. The doctor did not walk into the exam room until 10:05. I think it is absolutely ridiculous that we were expected to wait for an hour and a half to see the doctor. He only had one patient before us. I think it is disrespectful to make anyone, let alone a child wait an hour and a half to be seen.
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