Susan Furth, MD, PhD

Areas of Expertise: Chronic kidney disease and its complication in children, Cohort studies
Locations: Main Campus
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    MD - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

    Internship

    Pediatrics - Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

    Residency

    Pediatrics - Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

    Fellowship

    Pediatric Nephrology - Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

    Board Certification

    Pediatric Nephrology

    Graduate Degree

    PhD in Clinical Investigation - Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, MD

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Division Chief, Nephrology

    Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Epidemiology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

  • Centers and Programs
  • Research Interests

    Chronic Kidney Disease in Children Study (CKiD)
    Neuroimaging in Chronic Kidney Disease Study (NiCK)
    Teen Adherence in Kidney Transplantation Effectiveness of Intervention Trial (TAKE-IT)

  • Publications

    Books

    Chapters

     2012

    Askenazi D, Smith L, Furth SL, Warady B. Acute and chronic renal failure. In: Devaskar SU, Gleason CA. Avery's diseases of the newborn. 9th ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier; 2012.

    2011

    Furth SL, Gerson A. Quality of life of children on dialysis. In: Warady BA, Alexander SR, Schaefer F. Pediatric dialysis. 2nd ed. New York: Springer Science and Business Media; 2011.

    2009

    Furth SL, Fadrowski JJ. Clinical investigation. In: Avner ED, Harmon WE, Niaudet P, Yoshikawa N, editors. Pediatric nephrology. 6th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins; 2009.

    2008

    Gerson A, Harrison C, Furth SL. Psychological and ethical issues in chronic kidney disease. In: Geary D, Schaefer F. Comprehensive clinical nephrology. Philadelphia: Mosby, Inc.; 2008.

    Tan J, Furth S. Nephrology. In: Johns Hopkins Hospital, Custer J, Rau R, Lee C, editors. The Harriet Lane handbook. 18th ed. Philadelphia: Mosby, Inc.; 2008.

    2007

    Wong CS, Furth S. Epidemiology of renal disease in children. In: Kher KK, Schnaper HW, Makker SP, editors. Clinical pediatric nephrology. 2nd ed. London (England): Informa UKK Ltd.; 2007. p. 63-70.

    Furth SL, Amaral S. Themes across renal disease and renal failure: anemia. In: Molony D, Craig J. Evidence based nephrology. Oxford (UK): Blackwell Publishing; 2007.

    2006

    Wong C, Furth SL. Epidemiology of chronic kidney disease in children. In: Clinical pediatric nephrology. 2nd ed. Kher K, Makker SP, Schnaper HW. London (UK): Dunitz & Parthenon Publishing; 2006.

    2005

    Furth SL, Levin A, Schwartz G. Normal kidney function and choice of laboratory studies. In: Hogg RJ, editor. Kidney disorders in children and adolescents: a practical handbook. London (UK): Taylor & Francis; 2005.

    2004

    Furth SL, Gerson A. Quality of life of children on dialysis. In: Warady BA, Fine RN, Alexander SR, Schaefer F. Pediatric dialysis. Norwell: Kluwer Academic Publishers; 2004.

    2003

    Furth SL, Fadrowski JJ. Clinical investigation. In: Avner ED, Harmon WE, Niaudet P, editors. Pediatric nephrology. 5th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins; 2003.

    2000

    Furth S. Therapy in nephrology and hypertension — a comparison to Brenner and Rector's: the kidney. In: Brady HR, Wilcox CS. Philadelphia: Saunders; 1990.

    Abstracts

    2010

    Dodson J, Yenokyan G, Diener-West M, Gearhardt J, Furth S. Health related quality of life in adolescents with bladder exstrophy-epispadias as measured by the Child Health Questionnaire- Child Form 87 [abstract]. American Academy of Pediatrics 2010 National Conference and Exhibition; 2010 Oct 2-5; San Francisco, CA.

    Brady T, Schneider M, Flynn J, Cox C, Kimball T, Furth S, Warady B, Mitsnefes M. Correlates of carotid artery intima media thickness in children with chronic kidney disease: a report of the Chronic Kidney Disease in Children Cohort Study [oral platform presentation]. 15th Congress of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association; 2010 Aug 29-Sep 2; New York, NY.

    Papers

    2012

    Flynn JT, Pierce CB, Miller ER 3rd, Charleston J, Samuels JA, Kupferman J, et al. Reliability of resting blood pressure measurement and classification using an oscillometric device in children with chronic kidney disease. J Pediatr. 2012 Mar;160(3):434-440.e1. Epub 2011 Nov 1. Cited in PubMed; PMID 22048052.Read the abstract

    2011

    Flynn JT, Pierce CB, Miller ER 3rd, Charleston J, Samuels JA, Jupferman J, et al. Reliability of resting blood pressure measurement and classification using an oscillometric device in children with chronic kidney disease. J Pediatr. Epub 2011 Oct 21. Cited in PubMed; PMID 22048052. Read the abstract

    Wilson AC, Schneider MF, Cox C, Greenbaum LA, Saland J, White CT, et al. Prevalence and correlates of multiple cardiovascular risk factors in children with chronic kidney disease. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. Epub 2011 Oct 6. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21980183. Read the abstract

    Dodson JL, Jerry-Fluker JV, Ng DK, Moxey-Mims M, Schwartz GJ, Dharnidharka VR, et al. Urological disorders in chronic kidney disease in children cohort: clinical characteristics and estimation of glomerular filtration rate. J Urol. 2011 Oct;186(4):1460-6. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21855938. Read the abstract

    Furth SL, Abraham AG, Jerr-Fluker J, Schwartz GJ, Benfield M, Kaskel F, et al. Metabolic abnormalities, cardiovascular disease risk factors, and GFR decline in children with chronic kidney disease. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2011 Sep;6(9):2132-40. Epub 2011 Aug 12. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21841064. Read the abstract

    Pierce CB, Cox C, Saland JM, Furth SL, Muñoz A. Methods for characterizing differences in longitudinal glomerular filtration rate changes between children with glomerular chronic kidney disease and those with nonglomerular chronic kidney disease. Am j Epidemiol. 2011 Sep 1;174(5):604-12. Epub 2011 Aug 9. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21828368. Read the abstract

    Atkinson MA, Furth SL. Anemia in children with chronic kidney disease. Nat Rev Nephrolol. 2011 Sep 6;7(11):635-41. doi: 10.1038/nrneph.2011.115. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21894183. Read the abstract

    Fadrowski JJ, Furth SL. GFR estimation in children: questions and answers (and questions). Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2011 Aug;6(8):1810-2. Epub 2011 Jul 22. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21784827. No abstract available.

    Copelovitch L, Warady BA, Furth SL. Insights from the Chronic Kidney Disease in Children (CKiD) Study. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2011 Aug;6(8):2047-53. Epub 2011 Jul 22.  Cited in Pubmed; PMID 21784827. Read the abstract

    Hooper SR, Gerson AC, Butler RW, Gipson DS, Mendley SR, Lande MB, et al. Neurocognitive functioning of children and adolescents with mild-to-moderate chronic kidney disease. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2011 Aug;6(8):1824-30. Epub 2011 Jul 7. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21737850. Read the abstract

    Lande MB, Gerson AC, Hooper SR, Cox C, Matheson M, Mendley SR, et al. Casual blood pressure and neurocognitive function in children with chronic kidney disease: a report of the children with chronic kidney disease cohort study. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2011 Aug;6(8):1831-7. Epub 2011 Jun 23. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21700829. Read the abstract

    Ng DK, Schwartz GJ, Jacobson LP, Palella FJ, Margolick JB, Warady BA, et al. Universal GFR determination based on two time points during plasma iohexol disappearance. Kidney Int. 2011 Aug;80(4):423-30. doi: 10.1038/ki.2011.155. Epub 2011 Jun 8. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21654718. Read the abstract

    Fadrowski JJ, Neu AM, Schwartz GJ, Furth SL. Pediatric GFR estimating equations applied to adolescents in the general population. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2011 Jun;6(6):1427-35. Epub 2011 May 12. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21566103. Read the abstract 

    Lo MM, Salisbury S, Scherer PE, Furth SL, Warady BA, Mitsnefes MM. Serum adiponectin complexes and cardiovascular risk in children with chronic kidney disease. Pediatr Nephrol. 2011 Nov; 26(11):2009-17. Epub 2011 May 8. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21553321. Read the abstract 

    Abraham AG, Munoz A, Furth SL, Warady B, Schwartz GJ. Extracellular volume and glomerular filtration rate in children with chronic kidney disease. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2011 Apr6(4):741-7. Epub 2011 Mar 24. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21441126. Read the abstract 

    Lestz RM, Atkinson M, Fivush B, Furth SL. No difference in meeting hemoglobin and albumin targets for dialyzed children with urologic disorders. Pediatr Nephrol. 2011 Jul;26(7):1129-36. Epub 2011 Mar 20. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21424524. Read the abstract

    Thomas R, Sanna-Cherchi S, Warady BA, Furth SL, Kaskel FJ, Gharavi AG. HNF1B and PAX2 mutations are a common cause of renal hypodysplasia in the CKiD cohort. Pediatr Nephrol. 2011 Jun;26(6):897-903. Epub 2011 Mar 5. PubMed; PMID 21380624. Read the abstract 

    Greenbaum LA, Munoz A, Schneider MF, Kaskel FJ, Askenazi DJ, Jenkins R, et al. The association between abnormal birth history and growth in children with CKD. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2011 Jan;6(1):14-21. Epub 2010 Oct 28. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21030583. Read the abstract

    Sule S, Fivush B, Neu A, Furth S. Increased risk of death in pediatric and adult patients with ESRD secondary to lupus. Pediatr Nephrol. 2011 Jan;26(1):93-8. Epub 2010 Oct 3. Cited in PubMed; PMID 20890767. Read the abstract

    2010

    Saland JM, Pierce CB, Mitsnefes MM, Flynn JT, Goebel J, Kupferman JC, et al. Dyslipidemia in children with chronic kidney disease. Kidney Int. 2010 Dec;78(11):1154-63. Epub 2010 Aug 25. Read the article

    Dodson JL, Furth SL, Yenokyan G, Alcorn K, Diener-West M, Wu AW, et al. Parent perspectives of health related quality of life for adolescents with bladder exstrophy-epispadias as measured by the child health questionnaire-parent form 50. J Urol. 2010 Oct;184(4 Suppl):1656-61. Epub 2010 Aug 21. Cited in PubMed; PMID 20718103. Read the article

    Gorman G, Neu A, Fivush B, Frankenfield D, Furth S. Hospitalization rates and clinical performance measures in U.S. adolescent hemodialysis patients. Pediatr Nephrol. 2010 Nov;25(11):2335-41. Epub 2010 Jul 29. Cited in PubMed; PMID 20668886. Read the abstract

    Furth S. Blood pressure control and progression of CKD in children. Am J Kidney Dis. 2010 Jun;55(6):988-91. Epub 2010 Apr 22. No abstract available.  

    Posters and Presentations

    2010

    Blydt-Hansen T, Pierce C, Zack R, Schwartz G, Benador N, Hmiel P, et al. Anticipating treatment needs and complexity in children with CKD [poster presentation]. 15th Congress of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association, 2010 Aug 29-Sep 2; New York, NY.

    Blydt-Hansen T, Pierce C, Zack R, White C, Moxey-Mims M, Dharnidharka V, et al. Association of CKD stage and glomerular disease with medication use in children with CKD [poster presentation]. 15th Congress of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association; 2010 Aug 29-Sep 2; New York, NY.

    Abraham AG, Zack RM, Mak RH, Mitsnefes MM, Furth SL, Warady BA. Protein energy wasting in children with chronic kidney disease [poster presentation]. 15th Congress of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association; 2010 Aug 29-Sep 2; New York, NY.

    Rodig NM, Schneider MF, Hotchkiss HM, Yadin O, Seikaly MG, Warady BA, Furth SL. Height impairment and pubertal delay in children with chronic kidney disease (CKD): a report from the Chronic Kidney Disease in Children (CKiD) Cohort Study [poster presentation]. 15th Congress of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association; 2010 Aug 29-Sep 2; New York, NY.

    Lo M, Salisbury S, Furth S, Warady B, Mitsnefes M. Predictors of adiponectin in CKiD [poster presentation]. 15th Congress of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association; 2010 Aug 29-Sep 2; New York, NY.

    Lo M, Furth S, Warady B, Mitsnefes M. Low-molecular weight adiponectin is associated with left ventricular mass index [poster presentation]. 15th Congress of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association; 2010 Aug 29-Sep 2; New York, NY.

    Minnick ML, Ndirangu J, Boynton S, Jerry-Fluker J, Furth S. Healthcare utilization in the Chronic Kidney Disease (CKiD) in Children Cohort Study [poster presentation]. 15th Congress of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association; 2010 Aug 29-Sep 2; New York, NY.

    2009

    Mitsnefes M, Pierce CB, Furth S, Warady BA. Adiponectin and cardiovascular risks (CV) in children with chronic kidney disease (CKD): report from the Chronic Kidney Disease in Children (CKiD) Cohort Study [poster presentation]. American Society of Nephrology 2009 Annual Meeting; 2009 Oct 27-Nov 2; San Diego, CA.

    Schwartz GJ, Abraham A, Dharnidharka V, Warady BA, Furth SL, Moxey-Mims M, et al.  Particle enhanced nephelometric immunoassay (PENIA, Dade Behring) cystatin C measurement improves the height/screatinine estimate of GFR in children with CKD compared to particle enhanced turbidometric assay (PETIA, DAKO) [poster presentation]. American Society of Nephrology 2009 Annual Meeting; 2009 Oct 27-Nov 2; San Diego, CA.

    Schwartz GJ, Abraham A, Maier PS, Furth SL, Dharnidharka V, Hellerstein S, et al. Particle enhanced nephelometric immunoassay (PENIA, Dade Behring) cystatin C is superior to particle enhanced turbidometric assay (PETIA, DAKO) as an endogenous biomarker for GFR in children with CKD [poster presentation]. American Society of Nephrology 2009 Annual Meeting; 2009 Oct 27-Nov 2; San Diego, CA.

    Dodson JL, Gearhart JP, Yenokyan G, Alcorn K, Diener-West M, Wu AW, et al. Health related quality of life among adolescents with abnormal bladder function as measured by the CHQ-PF50 [poster presentation]. American Society of Nephrology 2009 Annual Meeting; 2009 Oct 27-Nov 2; San Diego, CA.

    Omoloja AA, Jerry-Fluker J, Abraham A, Furth S, Warady B, Mitsnefes. Smoking and second hand smoking in adolescents with chronic kidney disease: a report from the Chronic Kidney Disease in Children (CKiD) Cohort Study [poster presentation]. American Society of Nephrology 2009 Annual Meeting; 2009 Oct 27-Nov 2; San Diego, CA.

    Lande M, Gerson A, Hooper S, Cox C, Wentz A, Gipson D, et al. Elevated BP and neurocognitive function in children with chronic kidney disease [poster presentation]. American Society of Nephrology 2009 Annual Meeting; 2009 Oct 27-Nov 2; San Diego, CA.

    Greenbaum LA, Schneider MF, Kaskel FJ, Askenazi DJ, Hotchkiss H, Jenkins R, et al. Abnormal birth history and height in children with CKD [poster presentation]. American Society of Nephrology 2009 Annual Meeting; 2009 Oct 27-Nov 2; San Diego, CA.

    Flynn JT, Miller E, Pierce C, Charleston J, Samuels J, Kupferman J, et al. Reliability of resting blood pressure (BP) measurement and classification using an oscillometric device in children with chronic kidney disease (CKD) [poster presentation]. American Society of Nephrology 2009 Annual Meeting; 2009 Oct 27-Nov 2; San Diego, CA.

    MacDonald RN, Schneider MF, Hotchkiss HM, Yadin O, Seikaly MG, Furth SL, et al. Growth failure in children with chronic kidney disease: a report from the Chronic Kidney Disease in Children (CKiD) Cohort Study [poster presentation]. American Society of Nephrology 2009 Annual Meeting; 2009 Oct 27-Nov 2; San Diego, CA.

    Lestz RM, Fivush BA, Furth SL. Achievement of albumin targets in pediatric dialysis patients by underlying diagnosis, gender and race [poster presentation]. American Society of Nephrology 2009 Annual Meeting; 2009 Oct 27-Nov 2; San Diego, CA.

    Lestz RM, Fivush BA, Neu AM, Atkinson MA, Furth SL. A comparison of achievement of hemoglobin and albumin targets in pediatric patients with urologic vs. non-urologic disease [poster presentation]. American Society of Nephrology 2009 Annual Meeting; 2009 Oct 27-Nov 2; San Diego, CA.

    Atkinson M, Fadrowski J, Pierce C, White C, Schwartz G, Abraham A, et al. Anemia, iron stores, and CRP in children with chronic kidney disease [poster presentation]. Pediatric Academic Societies 2009 Annual Meeting; 2009 May 2-5; Baltimore, MD.

    Gorman GH, Fivush B, Neu A, Furth S. Growth velocity and clinical outcomes in pediatric hemodialysis patients [poster presentation]. Pediatric Academic Societies 2009 Annual Meeting; 2009 May 2-5; Baltimore, MD.

    Greenbaum LA, Kaskel FJ, Askenazi D, Jenkins R, Hotchkiss H, Schneider M, et al. High prevalence of abnormal birth history in children with chronic kidney disease [poster presentation]. Pediatric Academic Societies 2009 Annual Meeting; 2009 May 2-5; Baltimore, MD.

    Furth SL. The CKiD Study: what have we learned so far? [poster presentation]. Pediatric Academic Societies 2009 Annual Meeting; 2009 May 2-5; Baltimore, MD.

    Gorman G, Fivush B, Neu A, Furth. Growth velocity and clinical outcomes in pediatric hemodialysis patients [poster presentation].  Pediatric Academic Societies 2009 Annual Meeting; 2009 May 2-5; Baltimore, MD.

  • Editorial and Academic Positions

    Editorial positions

    2010 - present, Associate Editor, Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
    2009 - present, Reviewer, New England Journal of Medicine
    2008 - present, Reviewer, Clinical Journal of American Society of Nephrology
    2007 - present, Reviewer, American Journal of Transplantation
    2007 - present, Reviewer, Urology
    2007 - present, Reviewer, American Journal of Epidemiology
    2007 - present, Reviewer, Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
    2006 - present,  Reviewer, International Journal of Infectious Disease
    2006 - present, Reviewer, Pharmacia
    2006 - present, Reviewer, American Journal of Medicine
    2005 - present, Reviewer, Journal of Pediatrics
    2005 - present, Reviewer, Pediatric Transplantation
    2004 - present, Reviewer, Drugs
    2004 - present, Reviewer, Medical Care
    2004 - present, Reviewer, Journal of American Society of Nephrology
    2004 - present, Reviewer, Kidney International
    2003 - present, Reviewer, Pediatrics
    2003 - present, Reviewer, JAMA
    2002 - present, Reviewer, Pediatric Nephrology
    2007 - present, Editorial Board, Journal of American Society of Nephrology
    2003 - present, Editorial Board, Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease

    Academic positions

    2011-present, Department of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania Operating Plan, Committee on Mentorship
     
    2010-present, External Advisory Board, Einstein-Montefiore Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

    2008-2009, Chair, Selection Committee for Johns Hopkins KL2 Clinical Research Scholars Program, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutes, Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR)

    2006-2010, Member, Selection Committee for Johns Hopkins K12 Clinical Research Scholars Program, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutes, Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR)

    2006-2010, Member, Executive Committee, “Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Career Development Program” K12, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutes, Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR)

    2005-2010, Member, Clinical and Translational Science Award Application: Training and Education Workgroup, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutes

    2005 – 2010, Member, Clinician Scientist Award Committee – Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Selection committee for Junior Faculty salary support award applications