Lavjay Butani, M.D.

Lavjay Butani, M.D.


Pediatric Nephrology




  • Chief, Pediatric Nephrology
  • Professor
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2521 Stockton Blvd., Suite 3200
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Clinical Interests

Lavjay Butani has special interests in the treatment of children with high blood pressure, prenatally diagnosed kidney abnormalities, or urologic diseases. He also treats children who have kidney failure and require dialysis and/or transplant. His research has focused on newer immunosuppressive medications for children with kidney transplants.


Pediatric Nephrology

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Children's Hospital


M.D., All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, 1992

Masters in Academic Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2009-13

Internship: Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota, 1992-93


Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota, 1993-94

Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota, 1994-95


St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1995-99

Board Certifications

American Board of Pediatrics, 1995

American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Nephrology, 2000

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Society of Nephrology

American Society of Transplantation

Mayo Alumni Association

Sacramento Pediatric Society

Honors and Awards

Listed among Best Doctors in America, 2012

Sacramento Magazine "Best Doctors in Sacramento", 2012

Inducted into Gold Humanism Society, 2012

Kaiser Foundation Hospitals Award for "Excellence in Teaching in Clinical Sciences", 2012

Tupper Award for Excellence in Teaching, UC Davis School of Medicine, 2009

Award for best Graduating Pediatric Resident, 1994

Honors for excellence in Surgery, 1992

Honors for excellence in Community Medicine, 1992

Honors for excellence in OB/GYN, 1992

Gold medal for excelling in Psychiatry, 1992

Gold medal for Best Medical Graduate, 1992

Select Recent Publications

Butani L, Blankenburg R, Long M: Stimulating Reflective Practice Among Your Learners. Pediatrics 2013, 131: 204-206

Calogiuri GF, Nettis E, Di Leo E, Foti C, Ferrannini A, Butani L: Allopurinol hypersensitivity reactions: desensitization strategies and new therapeutic alternative molecules. Inflamm Allergy Drug Targets. 2013, 12, 19-28

Butani L, Paterniti DA, Tancredi DJ, and Li ST: Attributes of residents as teachers and role models-a mixed methods study of stakeholders. Medical Teacher 2013, 35(4): e1052-1059

Butani L, Iosif A, Kelly A, Washington O, Seritan A: Racial-Ethnic Differences in Medical Students’ Perceptions of Professionalism: A Mixed-Methods Study. Medical Science Educator 2013, 23(3): 259-268

Lau KK, Butani L: Increasing organ donation-we can do better. Journal of Transplantation Technologies and Research 2013, S2

Winnicki ED, Butani L: Use of surveillance biopsies in pediatric renal transplant recipients. Journal of Transplantation Technologies and Research 2013, 3:2

Butani L, Troppmann C, Perez RV: Outcomes of Children Receiving En Bloc Renal Transplants from Small Pediatric Donors. Pediatric Transplantation 2012, 17:55-58

Butani L, Perez RV. Effect of pretransplant dialysis modality and duration on long-term outcomes of children receiving renal transplants. Transplantation. 2011 Feb 27;91(4):447-51.

Lau KK, Tancredi DJ, Perez RV, Butani L. Unusual pattern of dyslipidemia in children receiving steroid minimization immunosuppression after renal transplantation. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2010 Aug;5(8):1506-12. Epub 2010 May 27.

Oh G, Butani L: Thrombosis in renal graft recipients. Current Pediatric Reviews Vol. 9, No.3, 218-224, 2013

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