Lavjay Butani, M.D.
- Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, Department of Pediatrics
- Chief, Division of Nephrology
- Mentoring Director, Department of Pediatrics
- Director of Student Development, Office of Medical Education
- Professor, Department of Nephrology
Philosophy of Care
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.
M.D., All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India 1992
Masters in Academic Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles CA 2009-2013
Internship: Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester MN 1992-1993
Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester MN 1993-1994
Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester MN 1994-1995
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia PA 1995-1999
American Board of Pediatrics,
American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Nephrology,
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Society of Nephrology
American Society of Transplantation
Mayo Alumni Association
Sacramento Pediatric Society
Honors and Awards
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
Honored by Sacramento Magazine as being one of the Best Doctors in Sacramento, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020
Mentoring Innovation Award by 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, University of California Davis, 2016
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. Rhabdomyolysis Induced Acute Kidney Injury: Aetiologies, Presentations and Treatment. Journal of Nephrology and Therapeutics. 2020;10(2):e101.
Haddad M, Butani L. IV Cyclophosphamide Treatment Induces Long-term Remission in idiopathic Steroid Resistant Minimal Change Disease. Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting. 2020.
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,. Predictors of time to first cannulation for arteriovenous fistula in pediatric hemodialysis patients: Midwest Pediatric Nephrology Consortium study. Pediatric nephrology (Berlin, Germany). 2020;35(2):287-295.
Butani L. Donor Derived Cell-free DNA: The Holy Grail For Noninvasive Diagnosis of Rejection? Journal of Transplantation Technologies and Research. 2019;9:e140.
Butani L. Increased Risk Donor Renal Transplants in Children-To Use Or Not To Use? Journal of Transplantation Technologies and Research. 2019;9:e139.
Butani L, Bogetz A, Plant J. Illuminating exemplary professionalism using appreciative inquiry dialogues between students and mentors. Medical teacher. 2019;41(3):325-331.
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. Predictors of patency for arteriovenous fistulae and grafts in pediatric hemodialysis patients. Pediatric nephrology (Berlin, Germany). 2019;34(2):329-339.
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 patents on inflammation & allergy drug discovery. 2019;13(2):144-157.
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.