Martin Bitzan, MD, Pediatric Nephrologist

Pediatric Nephrology
Fun fact about me 

I'm working on a patent to add hours to the day :)

I love working with children and their families because 
...they alway teach me something new !

Hospital information

Awards and distinctions 
    • Pediatric Nephrology Program Best Mentor / Teacher awards  (2013, 2104, 2015)
    • Global Child Health Funding award
    • Co-recipient, Inaugural Schrier Award for Renal Sister Centers, International Society of Nephrology
    • Sister Renal Center Trio Award, International Society of Nephrology (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Bangalore, India - Montreal, Canada)
    • Indian Academic of Pediatrics Meghalaya State Branch First Inaugural Oration Award
    Academic appointments 
    • Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Nephrology
    • Director, Pediatric Nephrology Training Program (2012-2016)

    Other appointments 
    • Director, Division of Nephrology
    • Vice Chair,  Council of Physicians, Dentists, and Pharmacists of The Montreal Children’s Hospital
    • Global Child Health Program, Steering Committee

    Community Involvement 
    • Educational Ambassador, International Society of Nephrology
    • Teacher, International Pediatric Nephrology Association
    • NephCure Kidney Foundation of Canada Walk

    Education

    Medical Degree 

    University of Bonn (Germany)

    Residency 
    • Pediatrics, University of Hamburg (Germany)
    • Medical Microbiology, University of Cologne (Germany) 

    Fellowship(s) 

    Pediatric Nephrology, The Hospital of Sick Children, University of Toronto (Canada) Cellular and molecular biology research, University of Toronto (Canada)

    Research

    Research interests 

    My clinical and research interests include the pathogenesis and pathophysiology of glomerular and complement mediated diseases, with focus on hemolytic uremic syndrome (post-infectious and atypical forms) and nephrotic syndrome, as well as kidney transplantation and infectious complications.

    Selected publications 

    Selected Publications

    Bitzan M, Ziek J. Influenza Associated Thrombotic Microangiopathies. Pediatr Nephrol 2017 (in press)

    Samuel SM, Takano T, Scott S, Benoit G, Bitzan M, Mammen C, Ryan L, Morgan C. and the Canadian Childhood Nephrotic Syndrome Project Team. Setting new directions for research in childhood nephrotic syndrome: results from a national workshop. Can J Kindey Health Dis 2017; 4: 1-7

    Madanchi N, Bitzan M, Takano T. Rituximab in minimal change disease: Mechanisms of action and hypotheses for future studies. Can J Kindey Health Dis 2017; 4: 1-15. Doi: 10.1177/2054358117698667

    Kachurina N, Chung CF, Benderoff E, Babayeva S, Bitzan M, Goodyer PR, Kitzler T, Matar D, Cybulsky AV, Alachkar N, Torban E. Novel unbiased assay for circulating podocyte-toxic factors associated with recurrent faocal segemental glomerulosclerosis. Am J Physiol Renal Physiol 2016; 310: F1148-1156    

    Loirat C, Fakhouri F, Ariceta G, Besbas N, Bitzan M, Bjerre A, Coppo R, Emma F, Johnson S, Karpman D, Landau D, Langman CB, Lapeyraque AL, Licht C, Nester C, Pecoraro C, Riedl M, Van de Kar N, Van de Valle J, Vivarelli M, Frémeaux-Bacchi V (for HUS International). An international consensus approach to the management of atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome in children. Pediatr Nephrol 2015 Apr 11 [Epub ahead of print] PMID:25859752 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25859752

    Johnson S, Stojanovic J, Ariceta G, Bitzan M, Besbas N, Karpman D, Frieling M, Landau D, Langman C, Licht C, Pecoraro C, Riedl M, Siomou E, van de Kar N, van de Walle JV, Loirat C, Taylor CM. An audit analysis of a guideline for the investigation and initial therapy of diarrhea negative (atypical) hemolytic uremic syndrome. Pediatr Nephrol. 2014 May 11. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2481734

    Books

    Phadke K, Goodyer PR, Bitzan M (eds). Manual of Pediatric Nephrology. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg 2014