Nephrology and kidney transplantation – Our team
The UC Davis Children's Hospital nephrology clinic team consists of:
- Three pediatric nephrologists
- A clinical nurse specialist
- A social worker
- A dietician
- An administrative assistant
Dr. Lavjay Butani has board certification from the American Board of Pediatrics in pediatric nephrology. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Society of Nephrology, American Society of Transplantation, International Pediatric Transplantation Association, Western Society of Pediatric Research, American Federation for Medical Research and the Sacramento Pediatric Society. He specializes in the treatment of children with a wide variety of kidney diseases included high blood pressure, urologic diseases, prenatally diagnosed kidney abnormalities, and kidney failure requiring dialysis or transplantation. His main research interests are focused on improving the outcomes after kidney transplantation by optimally using newer immunosuppressive medications and regimens for children who have had kidney transplants and also studying the implications of calcium excretion in the urine on the risk of stones and osteoporosis in children of different ethnic backgrounds.
Arundhati Kale, M.D.
Medical Director, Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program
Dr. Arundhati Kale is a board-certified pediatric nephrologist with extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of kidney diseases affecting children, including dialysis and transplantation. She is a member of the American Society of Nephrology, American Society of Pediatric Nephrology, International Pediatric Nephrology Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics. As the medical director of the pediatric kidney transplant program at UC Davis, she will focus on improving all aspects of the transplant program. She is also actively involved in teaching medical students, residents and ancillary staff.
Dr. Maha Haddad joined UC Davis in 2006. She finished her pediatric nephrology training from UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She is a member of the American Society of Nephrology, the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Haddad has a passion for caring for children with kidney disease. Her main areas of interest are the overall well being of children with chronic kidney disease, bone metabolism and IgA nephropathy.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Stephanie Nguyen trained at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Nguyen is currently a member of the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology, the American Heart Association, and the National Kidney Foundation. Clinically, Dr. Nguyen is particularly interested in hypertension in children and is director of the Pediatric Hypertension Clinic. Her research interests include the effects of diet on blood pressure and outcomes of high-risk children with hypertension. Dr. Nguyen is currently funded by the Children's Miracle Network to study hypertension in children with Diabetes Mellitus.