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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: 33
dr moritz has been an excellent doctor for my daughter for over 11 years now
Our experience with Dr. Mortiz has always been very good. We schedule appointments with him 3 - 6 months in advance.
Dr Moritz is an amazing intelligent doctor. we have been blessed with many outstanding physicians at Children's; however Dr Moritz is above and beyond. He is able to see, calculate, and find solutions to my daughter's complex medical complications that noone else has. I trust him completely with any medical decisions for my daughter.
My son always gets great care at Childrens hospital.
I was very pleased with my visit and experience. The doc had all of his information and all staff was very polite and helpful. The doc gave me what he thought and worse case senerio in which he stressed he did not feel was the case to ease my mind. So I felt I knew full approach of care depending on all information and results and he explained in detail on why he felt the way he did and expected the results which I happily received in regards to my son s health. I had no reason to call and question anything.
he was a great daughter for my daughter
Dr. Moritz has always been knowledgeable, helpful, considerate, respectful, understanding, logical, and positive during visits. During my first visit with him I was a teenager experiencing high blood pressure and had been on two different meds, taking them twice a day. Very quickly he was able to send me for tests and make adjustments to my plan so that I would be on one medication one time a day, allowing focus on other things in my high school routine. From the beginning I have always had positive experiences with Dr. Moritz!
EXCELLENT experience! I finally felt like someone was hearing what we had to say instead of dismissing me as an over cautious parent. With a complex family history and inconsistent symptoms, I feel like we get passed around a bit. He did SO much to ensure we got to the bottom of my daughter's issues including referring us elsewhere.
I was very surprised at how much time the Dr. actually spent with us, it was a very enjoyable discussion about our child's health.
All our visits w/ Dr. Mortiz have always been productive. He is very knowledgeable and courteous. All the doctors in the department are good, but if possible we seek out Dr. Moritz. Many thanks.
over the years, we bounced around between different providers because no one stuck out to us and our son didn't need to be followed closely and rarely had issues. After this appointment, I think we found a provider to ask for each visit. He took the time to talk through everything with us, he calmed our fears, and took the time to go through our medically complex history. He was also able to squeeze us in for a follow up ultrasound the same day! We were very happy with our visit to the Nephrology Clinic!
this Dr. was so amazing who tool the time to read all prior medical records b4 we got there which was amazing. He took his time and was very good with my son who has sensory issues and doesnt usually do well with new people but he did awesome because he was so nice. gave me all the info i asked for he was very thorough.
the doctor was wonderful!!!
Dr. Moritz has been extremely helpful with Peyton's illness. He has not hesitated to reach out to others regarding his very rare condition and has made us feel at ease knowing he is in great hands. He is always willing to answer our questions and help us understand what we are dealing with. We have been very happy with his care.
An appointment with Dr. Moritz is always very informative. He never makes us feel rushed and talks out with us any concerns we have until we feel at ease and informed. Right down to pulling up Amazon on his own phone and assisting us in choosing the correct BP machine for our daughter.
The doctor was very personable. Seemed very knowledgeable but was lacking people skills.
dr was amazing he answered all my questions and helped me understand what to expect from my child's disease. he was very caring and made us feel confident in our understanding of how to help my child
This was the first time I had a one on one visit with Dr. Moritz. He took so much time with me to ask me questions and go over my test results. He really made me feel that he cared for me personally.
Dr Moritz is always willing to listen and knows my daughter without needing to go through the chart we've since him since she was about 5 years old. he always talks in terms that we understand and listens to questions or concerns that we may have. and when necessary he follows up via phone or portal if something is needed or test results are back after her appointment time... he has exceptional bedside manners we would recommend him to anyone needing this type of care!
a wonderful Dr
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!!!
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