neal blatt, md, phd
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics & Communicable Diseases
Dr. Blatt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatric and Communicable Diseases at the University of Michigan. He received his undergraduate degree (Linguistics) from the University of Michigan in 1992, his medical and PhD (Chemistry) degrees from the University of Michigan in 2002, and completed a residency in General Pediatrics from the University of Chicago in 2005. He returned to the University of Michigan community in 2005 to pursue a fellowship in Pediatric Nephrology. Upon completion of his fellowship in 2008, Dr. Blatt joined the faculty in the Department of Pediatrics and continued his development as a physician-scientist. He is currently funded by an NIH K08 individual career development award investigating the impact of renal failure on innate and adaptive immune function.
Dr. Blatt’s clinical interests include the treatment of systemic autoimmune disease, and he is the nephrology lead for the Interdisciplinary Systemic Inflammatory Clinic that specializes in the care of these patients. His other clinical interests include the diagnosis and treatment of complement mediated kidney diseases and acute kidney injury. Building on his clinical interest in acute kidney injury, his research interests are currently focused at identifying the physiological impact of citrate, which is widely used as an anticoagulant for the storage of blood products and to maintain the patency of extracorporeal continuous dialysis circuits used to treat critically ill patients with renal failure. His work is centered on understanding how the diverse properties of citrate (calcium chelator, metabolic substrate) alters both monocyte inflammatory responses and lymphocyte immune responses.