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Jennifer G. Jetton, MD

Medical Director, Pediatric Dialysis Unit
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics - Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation

Contact Information

Primary Office
2027 Boyd Tower (BT)
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242

4019 Boyd Tower (BT)
IOWA CITY, IA - Iowa 52242


BA, Psychology, magna cum laude, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
Resident, Pediatrics, Texas Children's Hospital / Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
Fellow, Pediatric Nephrology, Texas Children's Hospital / Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Licensure and Certifications

American Board of Pediatrics - Pediatric Nephrology
Basic life support
American Board of Pediatrics - General Pediatrics

Research Summary

Neonatal acute kidney injury

Acute kidney injury (AKI) (previously referred to as acute renal failure) is associated with mortality in critically ill children, and adults. This association holds true even after controlling for other medical co-morbidities, severity of illness scores, therapeutic interventions and patient demographics. Emerging data suggests that a similar association exists in neonates as well, especially in high risks like very low birth weight infants, infants who suffer hypoxic-ischemic events, infants with congenital heart disease and those with sepsis. However, our AKI biomarkers in this population are limited and have limited advancements in the care of these patients. Moreover, there are many other important concepts, including incidence, risk factors, impact of AKI on short/ long-term outcomes, and utility of non-invasive biomarkers, that have not been fully characterized. A thorough evaluation of these important issues is needed to fill the wide knowledge gap in neonatal AKI.