Keia Sanderson, MD, MSCR

April, 2021

Dr. Sanderson is an assistant professor pediatric nephrologist and pediatric dialysis director at the University of North Carolina (UNC) in Chapel Hill, NC. She received her undergraduate degree at Rice University in Houston, TX where she also competed as an NCAA Track and Field student-athlete. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO.  She completed her pediatric residency training at the University of South Carolina and her pediatric nephrology fellowship training at Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics. After joining the UNC Pediatric Nephrology group, she obtained her Masters of Science in Clinical Research at the UNC Gillings School of Public Health.

In her role as a clinician researcher, she is dedicated to reducing pediatric kidney disease morbidity and mortality via research on early recognition and early intervention of kidney disease in children. She has published research on neonatal dialysis outcomes, neonatal acute kidney injury and nephrotoxic medications and necrotizing enterocolitis, and adolescent kidney outcomes after extremely preterm birth. She is excited to work with NKC colleagues to support research collaboration and progress related to neonatal kidney disease.

Her long-term goal, is to use precision medicine to develop individualized risk prediction models and evidenced based clinical-decision support systems to most appropriately screen, identify, and risk stratify infants and children at risk for acute and chronic kidney disease.

Dr. Sanderson enjoys supporting her children’s activities, attending college athletic events, traveling to find amazing food, and has become an avid cycler.