John A. Kellum, MD, MCCM

Endowed Chair in Critical Care Research
Vice Chair for Research

Professor, Critical Care Medicine, Medicine, Bioengineering, and Clinical & Translational Science

Contact Information

kellum[at]pitt.edu

Administrative Contact:
Karen Nieri

Education & Training

BA, Pre-med/Psychology, University of Toledo, 1984
MD, Medical College of Ohio at Toledo, 1988
Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Rochester, 1992
Fellowship, Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, 1994

Research, Clinical & Academic Interests

  • Acute kidney injury and continuous renal replacement therapy
  • Sepsis
  • Fluid, electrolyte and acid-base disorders in critical illness
  • Research using the electronic health record


Kellum JA, Lameire N, Aspelin P, Barsoum RS, Burdmann EA, Goldstein SL, Herzog CA, Joannidis M, Kribben A, Levey AS, MacLeod AM. Kidney disease: improving global outcomes (KDIGO) acute kidney injury work group. KDIGO clinical practice guideline for acute kidney injury. Kidney international supplements. 2012 Mar;2(1):1-38.

Kashani K, Al-Khafaji A, Ardiles T, Artigas A, Bagshaw SM, Bell M, Bihorac A, Birkhahn R, Cely CM, Chawla LS, Davison DL. Discovery and validation of cell cycle arrest biomarkers in human acute kidney injury. Critical care. 2013 Feb;17(1):R25.

Zarbock A, Schmidt C, Van Aken H, Wempe C, Martens S, Zahn PK, Wolf B, Goebel U, Schwer CI, Rosenberger P, Haeberle H. Effect of remote ischemic preconditioning on kidney injury among high-risk patients undergoing cardiac surgery: a randomized clinical trial. Jama. 2015 Jun 2;313(21):2133-41.

Process Investigators. A randomized trial of protocol-based care for early septic shock. New England Journal of Medicine. 2014 May 1;370(18):1683- 93.

Director, Center for Critical Care Nephrology
Director, Trial Innovations Unit, Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Associate Director for Acute Illness, Institute for Precision Medicine

Life Sciences Award, Carnegie Science Awards, 2017
Master, Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2014
Prince Mahidol Award Youth Program Mentor, Bangkok, Thailand, 2014, 2018
Pittsburgh Magazine's list of the "Best Doctors in Pittsburgh" since 2013