Rajit K. Basu, MD, MS, FCCM

Division Head, Critical Care Medicine; Posy and John Krehbiel Professorship in Critical Care Medicine

Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine



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After receiving his medical degree from Indiana University Medical School, Dr. Basu completed his residency in pediatrics and then a fellowship in pediatric critical care at Children's Memorial Hospital. He subsequently began his faculty career at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center as a Clinical Instructor in Pediatrics and advanced to Associate Professor, serving over time as the Co-Director for the Center for Acute Care Nephrology and Associate Fellowship Program Director. In 2017 he joined the Children’s Hospital of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine, where he served as Research Director of Critical Care Medicine and was a lead pediatric clinician investigator (including serving as a lead during the COVID scientific response in pediatrics) - bringing CHOA into numerous large center trials and industry sponsored work.

Dr. Basu is internationally recognized for his research and is considered a world expert in the study of acute kidney injury among critically ill patients. His work encompasses tools for risk stratification, biomarker based phenotyping of acute kidney injury, advanced extracorporeal renal support therapies, and novel strategies for fluid management. He has published more than 110 peer-reviewed original science papers, review articles and book chapters. His research portfolio spans across basic, translational, clinical, education, and simulation science with support from local programs, federal grants, and industry. He serves on the editorial board of several critical care and nephrology journals and on several international consensus panels for critical care nephrology. He serves on the executive board of the Pediatric AKI NEXUS (otherwise known as the Prospective Pediatric AKI Registry) and also serves in prominent leadership roles in the Society for Critical Care Medicine. In addition to being the Founder and Director of the GUARDIANS program, beginning in 2022, he will start two-year term as the President-Elect followed by a two-year term as the President of the Pediatric Section of the Society for Critical Care Medicine.


Education & Training

Education: Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies, 2015; Indiana University School of Medicine, 2003

Postgraduate Training: Fellowship in critical care medicine, Lurie Children's, 2006-2009; Residency in pediatrics, Lurie Children's, 2003-2006

Board Certifications: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Pediatrics

Professional Organizations: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, American Society of Nephrology, Society of Critical Care Medicine

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