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George J. Schwartz, M.D.

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Appointment: (585) 275-9784

Office: (585) 275-9784

Fax: (585) 756-8054

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Renal Tubular Disorders


Acute pyelonephritis is a common, serious bacterial infection in children, and due to an upsurge of antibiotic resistance, clinical practice is being refocused on preventative measures that limit the use of antimicrobial therapy. Dehydration is linked to renal stress and urinary tract infection (UTI), and increased daily water is a proven effective ancillary treatment for recurrent UTI in premenopausal women. In contrast little attention has been focused on the influence of acid-base state on susceptibility to acute pyelonephritis. In preliminary studies utilizing the C3H-HeOuJ mouse strain that is prone to vesicoureteral reflux (VUR), metabolic acidosis induced by ammonium chloride-loading of mice impaired clearance of UPEC-UTI. In addition to systemic metabolic acidosis, acid loading of mice with ammonium chloride induces diuresis as well as renal acidification. A second observation that acetazolamide-induced metabolic acidosis in the absence of urine acidification did not influence bacterial clearance led to our working hypothesis that urine acidification compromises the pH-dependent uroepithelium barrier function. The current proposal is designed to delineate the impact of acid-base state on the progression of acute pyelonephritis by manipulating urine acidification in the setting of systemic acidosis and diuresis and examining the effect on bacterial clearance, renal tubular inflammation, and uroepithelial barrier function as outlined in two specific aims.



MD | Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1974 - 06/30/1976
Fellowship in Pediatric Nephrology at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia

07/01/1973 - 06/30/1974
Residency in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

07/01/1972 - 06/30/1973
Internship in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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2012 - 2013
Ruth A. Lawrence Academic Faculty Service Award in Training
Location: Golisano Children's Hospital

Listed in: Guide to America's Top Pediatricians

2004 - Present
Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology

2003 - Present
Fellow of the American Heart Association (Inaugural fellow of the Council on the Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease)

2002 - Present
Best Doctors, Inc.

1999 - Present
Specialist in Clinical Hypertension
Sponsor: American Society of Hypertension

1977 - 1980
AMA Physician's Recognition Award

Magna Cum Laude
Location: Colgate University

Dana Scholar
Location: Colgate University

Phi Beta Kappa
Location: Colgate University

High Honors in Major (Chemistry)
Location: Colgate University

1966 - 1968
Honorary Journalism Society
Location: Colgate University

1966 - 1968
Honorary Mathematics Society (KME)
Location: Colgate University

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Journal Articles

Fuhrman DY, Schneider MF, Dell KM, Blydt-Hansen TD, Mak R, Saland JM, Furth SL, Warady BA, Moxey-Mims MM, Schwartz GJ. "Albuminuria, Proteinuria, and Renal Disease Progression in Children with CKD." Clinical journal of the American Society of Nephrology : CJASN.. 2017 Jun 7; 12(6):912-920. Epub 2017 May 25.

Shafi T, Michels WM, Levey AS, Inker LA, Dekker FW, Krediet RT, Hoekstra T, Schwartz GJ, Eckfeldt JH, Coresh J. "Estimating residual kidney function in dialysis patients without urine collection." Kidney international.. 2016 May; 89(5):1099-1110. Epub 2016 Jan 21.

Lucas GM, Atta MG, Zook K, McFall AM, Mehta SH, Fine DM, Stein JH, Schwartz GJ. "Factors associated with iohexol-based glomerular filtration rate slope over 36 months in HIV-negative and HIV-positive individuals." AIDS.. 2016 Feb 20; 30(4):619-26.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Urinary Acidification
Book Title: Fetal and Neonatal Physiology
Author List: Wang, A.M., Schwartz, G.J.
Edited By: Polin, R.A., Abman, S.H., Rowitch, D.H., Benitz, W.E., Fox, W.W.
Published By: Elsevier 2017

Chapter Title: Tests of Kidney Function in Children
Book Title: Pediatric Clinical Care 5th ed.
Author List: Mian, A.N., Schwartz, G.J.
Published By: Fuhrman, B.P. and Zimmerman, J.J., Eds, Elsevier 2016

Chapter Title: Epidemiology of Skeletal Health in Type 1 Diabetes
Book Title: Current Osteoporosis Report
Author List: Weber, D.R., Schwartz, G.J.
Published By: Springer US 2016