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Barbara Fivush, M.D.

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  • Associate Dean, Office of Women in Science and Medicine
  • Professor of Pediatrics


Nephrology, Pediatric Kidney Transplant, Pediatric Nephrology more

Research Interests

Vaccines in post transplant patients; Quality of life in pediatric renal transplant recipients; Pediatric patients; Chronic kidney disease (CKD); Kidney failure; Dialysis; Progression of kidney disease more


Johns Hopkins Pediatrics

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Dr. Barbara A. Fivush is a professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her clinical interests include chronic kidney disease (CKD), dialysis, quality of life in children with renal disease and kidney transplants, and progression of kidney disease. Dr. Fivush serves as chief of the Division of Pediatric Nephrology at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center

She also serves on the Comprehensive Transplant Center’s Pediatric Kidney Transplant team and as the associate dean of the Office of Women in Science and Medicine, an entity she helped to create.

Dr. Fivush earned her M.D. at the Boston University School of Medicine. She completed her residency and performed a fellowship in pediatric nephrology at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Her research interests include pediatric CKD, quality of life in pediatric kidney transplant recipients and vaccines in post-transplant patients. more


  • Associate Dean, Office of Women in Science and Medicine
  • Professor of Pediatrics

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Research Summary

Dr. Fivush's research has focused largely on pediatric chronic kidney disease (CKD). Early in her career, she studied the safety and efficacy of various vaccines in children on dialysis and who had received kidney transplants. She was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the current vaccination standards for children with CKD.

More recently, she has worked to develop quality measures for pediatric patients with CKD. Her work in this area has resulted in improved care for these children and holds the promise to improve long-term outcomes among children who undergo dialysis.

Dr. Fivush was previously involved in a national, multi-center collaborative project that examined the progression of kidney disease in children. She is presently involved in a second national collaborative trial to compare several management approaches to children who have vesicoureteral reflux.

Selected Publications

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Levine RB, González-Fernández M, Bodurtha J, Skarupski KA, Fivush B. “Implementation and evaluation of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine leadership program for women faculty.” J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2015 May;24(5):360-6. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2014.5092. Epub 2015 Apr 14.

Lestz RM, Fivush BA, Atkinson MA. “Association of higher erythropoiesis stimulating agent dose and mortality in children on dialysis.” Pediatr Nephrol. 2014 Oct;29(10):2021-8. doi: 10.1007/s00467-014-2820-9. Epub 2014 May 3.

Pruette CS, Fivush BA, Flynn JT, Brady TM. “Effects of obesity and race on left ventricular geometry in hypertensive children.” Pediatr Nephrol. 2013 Oct;28(10):2015-22. doi: 10.1007/s00467-013-2507-7. Epub 2013 May 24.

Eakin MN, Brady T, Kandasamy V, Fivush B, Riekert KA. “Disparities in antihypertensive medication adherence in adolescents.” Pediatr Nephrol. 2013 Aug;28(8):1267-73. doi: 10.1007/s00467-013-2455-2. Epub 2013 Mar 20.

Atkinson MA, Lestz RM, Fivush BA, Silverstein DM. “Comparative clinical outcomes between pediatric and young adult dialysis patients.” Pediatr Nephrol. 2011 Dec;26(12):2219-26. doi: 10.1007/s00467-011-1932-8. Epub 2011 Jun 4.

Lestz RM, Atkinson M, Fivush B, Furth SL. “No difference in meeting hemoglobin and albumin targets for dialyzed children with urologic disorders.” Pediatr Nephrol. 2011 Jul;26(7):1129-36. doi: 10.1007/s00467-011-1850-9. Epub 2011 Mar 20.

Brady TM, Fivush B, Parekh RS, Flynn JT. “Racial differences among children with primary hypertension.” Pediatrics. 2010 Nov;126(5):931-7. doi: 10.1542/peds.2009-2972. Epub 2010 Oct 18.

Sule S, Fivush B, Neu A, Furth S. “Increased risk of death in pediatric and adult patients with ESRD secondary to lupus.” Pediatr Nephrol. 2011 Jan;26(1):93-8. doi: 10.1007/s00467-010-1640-9. Epub 2010 Oct 3.

Gorman G, Neu A, Fivush B, Frankenfield D, Furth S. “Hospitalization rates and clinical performance measures in U.S. adolescent hemodialysis patients.” Pediatr Nephrol. 2010 Nov;25(11):2335-41. doi: 10.1007/s00467-010-1597-8. Epub 2010 Jul 29.

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