Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, Department of Pediatrics
Chief, Division of Pediatric Nephrology
To see if Lavjay Butani is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).
Dr. Butani believes in empowering children and their families in directing and guiding their own care to the extent they desire. He practices using a collaborative model centered on shared decision making, ensuring that kids and their families recognize that they are always the most important part of the care team.
Dr. Butani is a pediatric nephrologist caring for children with the entire spectrum of kidney diseases, such as high blood pressure, kidney stones, prenatally diagnoses renal anomalies, kidney infections, and acute and chronic kidney diseases. He has special interest in caring for children who have received kidney transplants.
Dr Butani's research interests center around addressing strategies to improve outcomes after renal transplantation in children. He is also active in scholarship related to medical education, with an emphasis on reflective practice, humanism and professional values.
Pediatric Nephrology and Kidney Transplantation
UC Davis Children's Hospital
M.D., All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India 1992
Masters in Academic Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles CA 2013
Pediatrics, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester MN 1992-1993
Pediatrics, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester MN 1993-1995
Pediatric Nephrology, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia PA 1995-1999
2019 Deans' Award for Excellence in Mentoring in the area of Education/Teaching, 2020
Golden Cup Award by Residency Program for academic contribution towards Pediatric Morning Report, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Best Doctors in Sacramento, Sacramento Magazine, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020
Mentoring Innovation Award, UC Davis Office of Faculty Development and Diversity: Promoting A Sense of Community within the Department of Pediatrics, 2019
Distinguished Teaching Award for Graduate and Professional Teaching, UC Davis, 2016
Haddad M, Kale A, Butani L. Intravenous cyclophosphamide induces remission in children with difficult to treat steroid resistant nephrotic syndrome from minimal change disease. BMC Nephrol. 2021 Nov 29;22(1):395. doi:10.1186/s12882-021-02605-6. PMID:34839817.
Butani L. Rhabdomyolysis Induced Acute Kidney Injury: Aetiologies, Presentations and Treatment. J Nephrol Therapeutics. 2020;10(2):e101.
Onder AM, Flynn JT, Billings AA, Deng F, DeFreitas M, Katsoufis C, Grinsell MM, Patterson L, Jetton J, Fathallah-Shaykh S, Ranch D, Aviles D, Copelovitch L, Ellis E, Chadha V, Elmaghrabi A, Lin JJ, Butani L, Haddad M, Marsenic O, Brakeman P, Quigley R, Shin HS, Garro R, Liu H, Rahimikollu J, Raina R, Langman CB, Wood E; Midwest Pediatric Nephrology Consortium. Predictors of time to first cannulation for arteriovenous fistula in pediatric hemodialysis patients: Midwest Pediatric Nephrology Consortium study. Pediatr Nephrol. 2020 Feb;35(2):287-295. doi:10.1007/s00467-019-04396-3. Epub 2019 Nov 6. PMID:31696356.
Butani L. Donor Derived Cell-free DNA: The Holy Grail For Noninvasive Diagnosis of Rejection? J Transplantation Technologies Research. 2019;9(1):e140.
Butani L. Increased Risk Donor Renal Transplants in Children-To Use Or Not To Use? J Transplantation Technologies Research. 2019;9(1):e139.
Butani L, Bogetz A, Plant J. Illuminating exemplary professionalism using appreciative inquiry dialogues between students and mentors. Med Teach. 2019 Mar;41(3):325-331. doi:10.1080/0142159X.2018.1472371. Epub 2018 May 25. PMID:29801424.
Onder AM, Flynn JT, Billings AA, Deng F, DeFreitas M, Katsoufis C, Grinsell MM, Patterson LT, Jetton J, Fathallah-Shaykh S, Ranch D, Aviles D, Copelovitch L, Ellis E, Chanda V, Elmaghrabi A, Lin JJ, Butani L, Haddad M, Couloures OM, Brakeman P, Quigley R, Stella Shin H, Garro R, Liu H, Rahimikollu J, Raina R, Langman CB, Wood EG; Midwest Pediatric Nephrology Consortium. Predictors of patency for arteriovenous fistulae and grafts in pediatric hemodialysis patients. Pediatr Nephrol. 2019 Feb;34(2):329-339. doi:10.1007/s00467-018-4082-4. Epub 2018 Sep 27. Erratum in: Pediatr Nephrol. 2019 Jan 25;: PMID:30264215.
Calogiuri G, Garvey LH, Nettis E, Romita P, Di Leo E, Caruso R, Butani L, Foti C. Skin Allergy to Azole Antifungal Agents for Systemic Use: A Review of the Literature. Recent Pat Inflamm Allergy Drug Discov. 2019;13(2):144-157. doi:10.2174/1872213X13666190919162414. PMID:31538908.
Butani L. Immunosuppressive Medications in Kidney Transplantation, Haddad M and Winnicki E, (ed). Adolescents with Chronic Kidney Disease: From Diagnosis to End-Stage Disease, Springer. 2018.
Butani L. Rapidly Progressive Glomerulonephritis, Haddad M and Winnicki E, (ed). Adolescents with Chronic Kidney Disease: From Diagnosis to End-Stage Disease, Springer. 2018.