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Critical Care Nephrology: an Appealing Subspecialty for Young Nephrologists

  • 1 Marco Fiorentino, MD, is a visiting research fellow, Center for Critical Care Nephrology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, and is with the Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation Unit, Department of Emergency and Organ Transplantation, University of Bari, Bari, Italy.
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Marco Fiorentino

Many exciting opportunities and subspecialties have emerged within the field of nephrology. Among these, critical care nephrology has become an important specialty in both clinical and research settings. Acute kidney injury (AKI) is an increasingly recognized adverse outcome among critically ill patients, and its impact is both devastating and often underestimated (1).

Several critical care nephrology programs have been created in recent years to provide clinical care, research, and educational programs to interested trainees. The Center for Critical Care Nephrology in Pittsburgh is an example of the growing interest in promoting a multidisciplinary model of basic,