Education and Experience
BA Summa Cum Laude: Bowdoin College, 2000; MD: University of North Carolina, 2010; Duke University Medical Center Department of Pediatrics, 2010-2013; Pediatric Nephology Fellowship: University of North Carolina, 2013-2016; Assistant Professor of Medicine: University of North Carolina: 2016-present.
Clinical and Research Interests
Dr. Westreich sees pediatric nephrology patients both in the hospital setting and in the outpatient clinic. She teaches medical students, residents, and fellows alongside her clinical work. She has a particular interest in systematically improving the quality and value of the healthcare the pediatric nephrology group delivers to children with kidney disease. Her overarching goals are to improve patients’ medical outcomes by consistently and reliably delivering the treatments with the most evidence of being helpful, improve patient safety by redesigning systems to reduce medical errors, and to improve the patient and family experience of disease and medical treatment using thorough but clear explanations and education materials. As junior faculty, Dr. Westreich is receiving training in healthcare quality improvement methods under the auspices of the UNC Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement’s Fellowship in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement.
Dipchand A, Westreich KD, Filler G. How to Estimate Glomerular Filtration Rate in Pediatric Cardiac Patients. Progress in Pediatric Cardiology. 2016 Jun;41:3-8.
Ferris M, Gibson K, Plattner B, Gipson DS, Kotanko P, Marcelli D, Marelli C, Etter M, Carioni P, von Gersdorff G, Xu X, Kooman JP, Xiao Q, van der Sande FM, Power A, Picoits-Filho R, Sylvestre L, Westreich K, Usvyat L. Hemodialysis outcomes in a global sample of children and young adult hemodialysis patients: the PICCOLO MONDO cohort. Clin Kidney J. 2016 Apr;9(2):295-302.
Westreich KD, Mottl AK. Invited Commentary: Is insulin resistance a useful predictor of outcomes in diabetic kidney disease? J Diabetes Complications. 2015 Nov-Dec;29(8):971-3.
Flythe JE, Powell JD, Poulton CJ, Westreich KD, Handler L, Reeve BB, Carey TS. Patient-Reported Outcome Instruments for Physical Symptoms Among Patients Receiving Maintenance Dialysis: A Systematic Review. American Journal of Kidney Diseases. 2015 Dec;66(6):1033-46.
Nadeem S, Hashmat S, Defreitas MJ, Westreich KD, Shatat IF, Selewski DT, Onder AM, Chiang M, Weaver Jr. DJ, Steinke J, Barcia J, Hernandez J, Hidalgo G, Ingraham SE, Abitbol CL, Pan C, Greenbaum LA. Renin Angiotensin System Blocker Fetopathy: A Midwest Pediatric Nephrology Consortium Report. J Pediatr. 2015 Oct;167(4):881-5.
Gbadegesin RA, Brophy PD, Adeyemo A, Hall G, Gupta IR, Hains D, Bartkowiak B, Rabinovich CE, Chandrasekharappa S, Homstad A, Westreich K, Wu G, Liu Y, Holanda D, Clarke J, Lavin P, Selim A, Miller S, Wiener JS, Ross SS, Foreman J, Rotimi C, Winn MP. TNXB mutations can cause vesicoureteral reflux. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2013 Jul;24(8):1313-22.