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Dr. Michael L. Moritz
School of Medicine
The University of Pittsburgh, USA


Email: Michael.Moritz@chp.edu



1991  MD, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
1987  BA, University of Miami, Chemistry 

Publications (Selected)

  1. Moritz ML, Ayus JC. New aspects in the pathogenesis, prevention, and treatment of hyponatremic encephalopathy in children. Pediatr Nephrol. 2009 Nov 6. e-pub
  2. Tan HP, Donaldson J, Ellis D, Moritz ML, Basu A, Morgan C, Vats AN, Erkan E, Shapiro R. Pediatric living donor kidney transplantation under alemtuzumab pretreatment and tacrolimus monotherapy: 4-year experience.  Transplantation. 2008 Dec 27;86(12):1725-31.
  3. Aujla SJ, Michelson P, Langman CB, Shapiro R, Ellis D, Moritz ML. Refractory hypercalcemia in an infant secondary to talc pleurodesis resolving after renal transplantation. Am J Transplant. 2008 Jun;8(6):1329-33.
  4. Moritz, ML. Urine sodium composition in ambulatory healthy children: hypotonic or isotonic? Pediatr Nephrol. 2008. Jun;23(6):955-7.
  5. Shapiro R, Ellis D, Tan HP, Moritz ML, Basu A, Vats AN, Kayler LK, Erkan E, McFeaters CG, James G, Grosso MJ, Zeevi A, Gray EA, Marcos A, Starzl TE.  Alemtuzumab Pre-Conditioning With Tacrolimus Monotherapy in Pediatric Renal Transplantation. Am J Transplant. 2007 Dec;7(12):2736-8.
  6. Moritz ML, Ayus JC. Hospital-acquired hyponatremia--why are hypotonic parenteral fluids still being used?  Nat Clin Pract Nephrol. 2007 Jul;3(7):374-82
  7. Ellis D, Shapiro R, Moritz M, Vats A, Basu A, Tan H, Kayler L, Janosky J, Starzl TE.Renal Transplantation in Children Managed With Lymphocyte Depleting Agents and Low-Dose Maintenance Tacrolimus Monotherapy. Transplantation. 2007 Jun 27;83(12):1563-1570.
  8. Bingler MA, Ellis D, Moritz ML.  Acute post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis in a 14-month-old boy: why is this uncommon? Pediatr Nephrol. 2007 Mar;22(3):448-50..
  9. Larosa C, McMullen L, Bakdash S, Ellis D, Krishnamurti L, Wu HY, Moritz ML. Acute renal failure from xanthine nephropathy during management of acute leukemia. Pediatr Nephrol. 2007 Jan;22(1):132-5
  10. Shapiro R, Ellis D, Tan HP, Moritz ML, Basu A, Vats AN, Khan AS, Gray EA, Zeevi A, McFeaters C, James G, Jo Grosso M, Marcos A, Starzl TE.Antilymphoid antibody preconditioning and tacrolimus monotherapy for pediatric kidney transplantation. J Pediatr. 2006 Jun;148(6):813-8.
  11. Valentini RP, Imam A, Warrier I, Ellis D, Ritchey AK, Ravindranath Y, Shapiro R, Moritz ML. Sirolimus rescue for tacrolimus-associated post-transplant autoimmune hemolytic anemia. Pediatr Transplantation. 2006 May;10(3):358-61.
  12. Vats KR, Ishwad C, Singla I, Vats A, Ferrell R, Ellis D, Moritz M, Surti U, Jayakar P, Frederick DR, Vats AN. A Locus for Renal Malformations Including Vesico-Ureteric Reflux on Chromosome 13q33-34. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2006 Apr;17(4):1158-1167.
  13. Moritz ML, Ayus JC. Preventing neurological complications from dysnatremias in children. Pediatr Nephrol. 2005 Dec;20(12):1687-1700
  14. Moritz ML, Manole MD, Bogen DL, Ayus JC.  Breastfeeding-associated hypernatremia: are we missing the diagnosis? Pediatrics. 2005 Sep;116(3):e343-7
  15. Kreindler J, Ellis D, Vats A, Kurland G, Ranganathan S and Moritz ML.  Infantile systemic lupus erythematosus presenting with pulmonary hemorrhage. Pediatr Nephrol 2005; 20(4):522-525
  16. Ayus JC, Moritz ML. Exercise-associated hyponatremia masquerading as acute mountain sickness: are we missing the diagnosis?  Clin J Sport Med. 2008 Sep;18(5):383-6.
  17. Moritz ML, Ayus JC. Exercise-associated hyponatremia: why are athletes still dying?Clin J Sport Med. 2008 Sep;18(5):379-81.
  18. Achinger SG, Moritz ML, Ayus JC.  Dysnatremias: why are patients still dying?  South Med J. 2006 Apr;99(4):353-62; quiz 363-4.
  19. Moritz ML, Ayus JC.  Hospital-acquired hyponatremia: why are there still deaths?  Pediatrics. 2004 May;113(5):1395-6.
  20. Moritz ML, Ayus JC. Dysnatremias in the critical care setting. Contrib Nephrol 2004;144:132-57
  21. Moritz ML. Renal replacement therapy in children: In: Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy, Ed. Kellum JA. Oxford University Press. 2010; 159 -165.
  22. Moritz ML, Ayus JC.  Diabetes Insipidus and SIADH. In: Textbook of Nephro-Endocrinology, Ed.  Ajay Singh and Dr. Gordon Williams. Academic Press, Elsevier, 2009; 261- 286.
  23. Moritz ML, Ayus JC (2009) Hyponatremia. In: Lang F (ed) Encyclopedia of molecular mechanisms of disease, vol. 2, pp. 982-983. Springer, Berlin Heidelberg
  24. Moritz ML.  The evaluation and management of salt poisoning. In: Recent Advances in Pediatrics. Ed. Davit TJ. London: Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd, 2007; 87 – 106. Ayus C, Moritz ML.  Bone disease as a new complication of hyponatremia: moving beyond brain injury.
  25. Moritz ML, Ayus C.  Water water everywhere: Standardizing post-operative fluid therapy with 0.9% NaCl.  Anesth Analg. 2010 Feb;110(2):293-5.
  26. Moritz ML, Ayus C.  Isotonic maintenance fluids do not produce hypernatraemia.  Arch Dis Child. 2009 Feb;94(2):170.
  27. Moritz ML, Ayus JC.  0.9% saline solution for the prevention of hospital-acquired hyponatremia: why is there still doubt? J Pediatr. 2008 Sep;153(3):444
  28. Moritz ML, Ayus JC.  Can the routine administration of hypotonic parenteral fluids be justified?Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2008 Sep;47(7):725.
  29. Moritz ML, Ayus JC.  The syndrome of inappropriate antidiuresis. N Engl J Med. 2007 Aug 30;357(9):942
  30. Moritz ML. Errors in diagnosing salt poisoning in children. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2007 Apr;23(4):280.
  31. Moritz ML. Fluid replacement for severe hyponatremia. JAMA 2007 Jan 3;297(1):41
  32. Moritz ML, Ayus JC. Re: Randomized controlled trial of fluid supplementation in term neonates with severe hyperbilirubinemia.J Pediatr. 2006 Oct;149(4):581
  33. Moritz ML, Ayus JC. Prevention and treatment of hyponatremia in children: old habits die hard. Pediatr Nephrol. 2006 Jul;21(7):1050-1051.
  34. Moritz ML, Ayus JC. Case 8-2006: a woman with Crohn's disease and altered mental status. N Engl J Med. 2006 Jun 29;354(26):2833-4
  35. Moritz ML. A water deprivation test is not indicated in the evaluation of hypernatremia. Am J Kidney Dis. 2005 Dec;46(6):1150-1
  36. Moritz ML, Ayus JC. Hospital-induced hyponatremia. J Pediatr. 2005 Aug;147(2):273-4
  37. Ayus JC, Arieff A, Moritz ML. Hyponatremia in marathon runners. N Engl J Med. 2005 Jul 28;353(4):427-8
  38. Moritz ML, Ayus JC. Hypotonic fluids should not be used in volume-depleted children.  Kidney Int. 2005 Jul;68(1):409-10.
  39. Moritz ML, Ayus JC. Hospital-acquired hyponatremia is associated with excessive administration of intravenous maintenance fluid: in reply.Pediatrics. 2004 Nov;114(5):1368-9
  40. Moritz ML, Ayus JC. Hospital-acquired hyponatremia: Why are there still deaths?Pediatrics 2004 May;113(5):1395 – 96
  41. Moritz ML, Ayus JC.  La Crosse encephalitis in children.N Engl J Med. 2001; Jul 12;345(2):148-9.
  42. Moritz ML.  Hypernatremia in hospitalized patients.  Annals of Internal Medicine 125(10):860, 1996
  43. Book Review.  Moritz ML, Therapy of Renal Diseases and Related Disorders (Ed 3).  Pediatric Nephrology 1999; 13(2): 183

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