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Lavjay  Butani

Clinical Interests

Lavjay Butani has special interests in the treatment of children with high blood pressure, prenatally diagnosed kidney abnormalities, or urologic diseases. He also treats children who have kidney failure and require dialysis and/or transplant. His research has focused on newer immunosuppressive medications for children with kidney transplants.


Chief, Pediatric Nephrology


Pediatric Nephrology



Pediatric Nephrology

Center/Program Affiliation:


Glassrock Building
Pediatric Specialty Clinics
2521 Stockton Blvd., Suite 3200
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions
Phone: 916-734-3112

Additional Phone:

Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)



M.D., All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, 1992
Masters in Academic Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2009-13


Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota, 1992-93


Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota, 1993-94
Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota, 1994-95


St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1995-99

Board Certifications:

American Board of Pediatrics, 1995
American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Nephrology, 2000

Professional Memberships:

American Academy of Pediatrics
American Society of Nephrology
American Society of Transplantation
Mayo Alumni Association
Sacramento Pediatric Society

Select Honors and Awards:

Listed among Best Doctors in America, 2012

Sacramento Magazine "Best Doctors in Sacramento", 2012

Inducted into Gold Humanism Society, 2012

Kaiser Foundation Hospitals Award for "Excellence in Teaching in Clinical Sciences", 2012

Tupper Award for Excellence in Teaching, UC Davis School of Medicine, 2009

Award for best Graduating Pediatric Resident, 1994

Honors for excellence in Surgery, 1992

Honors for excellence in Community Medicine, 1992

Honors for excellence in OB/GYN, 1992

Gold medal for excelling in Psychiatry, 1992

Gold medal for Best Medical Graduate, 1992

Select Recent Publications:

Butani L, Blankenburg R, Long M: Stimulating Reflective Practice Among Your Learners. Pediatrics 2013, 131: 204-206

Calogiuri GF, Nettis E, Di Leo E, Foti C, Ferrannini A, Butani L: Allopurinol hypersensitivity reactions: desensitization strategies and new therapeutic alternative molecules. Inflamm Allergy Drug Targets. 2013, 12, 19-28

Butani L, Paterniti DA, Tancredi DJ, and Li ST: Attributes of residents as teachers and role models-a mixed methods study of stakeholders. Medical Teacher 2013, 35(4): e1052-1059

Butani L, Iosif A, Kelly A, Washington O, Seritan A: Racial-Ethnic Differences in Medical Students’ Perceptions of Professionalism: A Mixed-Methods Study. Medical Science Educator 2013, 23(3): 259-268

Lau KK, Butani L: Increasing organ donation-we can do better. Journal of Transplantation Technologies and Research 2013, S2

Winnicki ED, Butani L: Use of surveillance biopsies in pediatric renal transplant recipients. Journal of Transplantation Technologies and Research 2013, 3:2

Butani L, Troppmann C, Perez RV: Outcomes of Children Receiving En Bloc Renal Transplants from Small Pediatric Donors. Pediatric Transplantation 2012, 17:55-58

Butani L, Perez RV. Effect of pretransplant dialysis modality and duration on long-term outcomes of children receiving renal transplants. Transplantation. 2011 Feb 27;91(4):447-51.

Lau KK, Tancredi DJ, Perez RV, Butani L. Unusual pattern of dyslipidemia in children receiving steroid minimization immunosuppression after renal transplantation. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2010 Aug;5(8):1506-12. Epub 2010 May 27.

Oh G, Butani L: Thrombosis in renal graft recipients. Current Pediatric Reviews Vol. 9, No.3, 218-224, 2013

To see if Lavjay Butani is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).