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

Nephrology (Kidneys)
Pediatric Nephrology

Board Certifications:

Pediatric Nephrology


MD, The Ohio State University Columbus, OH


The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH


University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, TX


UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital
UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Carlton Bates, MD


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

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Research Interests

  • Role of FGF Receptors in the Developing Kidney
  • Genetic Model of Urogenital Development and Obstruction
  • Role of fibroblast growth factor receptors (Fgfrs) in embryonic kidney development using conditional knockout mouse models
  • A genetic model of vesicoureteral reflux and reflux nephropathy, generated by deletion of Fgfr2 in kidney mesenchyme
  • A genetic model of obstructive nephropathy in a transgenic insertional mutant
  • Genetics of congenital kidney diseases in children

View Dr. Bates' full list of publications from PubMed.

Biography Summary

Carl Bates, MD, has had a career as a clinical pediatric nephrologist and basic research scientist for over 15 years. Dr. Bates received a bachelor of science degree in Chemistry and Life Sciences from Otterbein University and his medical degree at the Ohio State University. He completed residency training in pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and specialty training in pediatric nephrology at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He was then on the faculty at Nationwide Children’s Hospital/ the Ohio State University for 9 years.

Dr. Bates was recruited to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2008, where he is currently Professor of Pediatrics, Cell Biology and Developmental Biology; Vice Chair of Basic Research in Pediatrics, Division Chief of Pediatric Nephrology; and co-Director of the Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Training Program.

In addition to caring for children with pediatric kidney disease for many years, Dr. Bates has had an internationally-recognized research program focused on genetic regulation of kidney and bladder development, with more than 15 years of continuous funding by the National Institutes of Health. His mouse models of kidney and bladder disease have helped us understand many of the structural kidney and bladder birth defects seen in children, which make up the most frequent causes of kidney disease in children.

His contributions as a clinician-scientist were recognized by his induction into the very prestigious American Society of Clinical Investigation in 2014. He is also asked to seminars about his research program at several Universities across the United States on a regular basis. He has directly mentored several basic and clinician-scientists who have gone on the successful careers in academic research. He has also held many prestigious international positions, including Councilor for the International Pediatric Nephrology Association the Chair of the Organizing Committee for the International Workshop on Developmental Nephrology.

  • Division Chief of Pediatric Nephrology, University of Pittsburgh, 2008 to Present
  • Fellowship Director of Pediatric Nephrology Universit of Pittsburgh, 2008 to Present
  • Chair, Organizing Committee, International Workshop on Developmental Nephrology, 2013-2015
  • Councilor, International Pediatric Nephrology Association, 2010-2016
  • Standing member of NIH review panels, ZRG1 DKUS-F and Kidney, Urologic and Hematologic Diseases D Subcommittee, 2012-2016
  • Standing member, Member, Basil O'Connor Research Advisory Committee for the March of Dimes, 2011-2016
  • Member and past Chair, Program Committee of the American Society of Nephrology, 2008-2010
  • Member and co-Chair, Research Committee of the American Society of Nephrology, 2008-2010
  • American Society of Clinical Investigation, 2014-2016
  • American Pediatric Society, 2010-2016
  • Society for Pediatric Research, 2004-2016
  • International Society of Nephrology, 1998-2016
  • American Society of Nephrology, 1998-2016

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