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Erum A. Hartung, MD, MTR
Erum A. Hartung
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics; Attending Physician, Division of Nephrology

Dr. Hartung's clinical and translational research program focuses on autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease and other genetic kidney diseases, development of new kidney and liver imaging biomarkers, and neurocognitive outcomes in children with chronic kidney disease.



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Dr. Hartung's clinical and research focus is in genetic kidney diseases, particularly autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD). She is the Co-Director of the Combined Kidney/Liver Program for patients with ARPKD and other genetic hepatorenal fibrocystic disorders (ciliopathies). Her research interests include developing new kidney and liver imaging biomarkers for ARPKD and other kidney diseases, including kidney transplant, using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound. This work involves close collaborations with the Departments of Radiology at both CHOP and Penn.

Dr. Hartung also investigates the natural history and clinical complications of ARPKD, and is the site principal investigator for the first ever clinical trial of a disease-modifying therapy for ARPKD. In addition, she studies neurocognitive outcomes in children with kidney disease. In her role as the Director of the Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Program at CHOP, she helps to train the next generation of pediatric nephrologists and serves as a research mentor to pediatric nephrology fellows in various research projects.

Among her notable career achievements, Dr. Hartung:

  • Received a K23 Career Development Award in 2016 from the National Institutes of Health / National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
  • Was named chair of the Research Committee of the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology, from 2015-2018
  • Serves as a member of the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation's Science Advisory Committee and PKD in Children Council; she is also the lead author of the PKD Foundation ARPKD Patient Handbook

Education and Training

BS, Pennsylvania State University (6-year combined BS/MD program), 1999

MD, Jefferson Medical College, 2001

Resident, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Internal Medicine and Pediatrics), 2003

Resident, Johns Hopkins University (Pediatrics), 2005

Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University (Pediatric Nephrology), 2010

MTR, University of Pennsylvania (Translational Research), 2015

Titles and Academic Titles

Co-Director, Combined Kidney/Liver Program

Director, Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Program

Curriculum Director, Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Program

Attending Physician

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Professional Memberships

American Society of Nephrology, 2007-

American Society of Pediatric Nephrology, 2007-

American Society of Pediatric Nephrology Research Committee, 2013-

American Society of Pediatric Nephrology Program Committee, 2016-

American Society of Pediatric Nephrology Training Program Directors Committee, 2016-

Society for Pediatric Research, 2017-

Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation Scientific Advisory Committee, 2018-

American Board of Pediatrics, Nephrology Subboard 2020-

Professional Awards

National Kidney Foundation of Maryland Grant Award, National Kidney Foundation of Maryland, 2008

Charles T. Bauer Foundation Research Award , National Kidney Foundation of Maryland, 2010

Alport Syndrome Symposium Travel Award, Alport Syndrome Foundation, 2010

Member of the Month, American Society of Pediatric Nephrology, 2017

Publication Highlights

Hartung EA, Wen J, Poznick L, Furth SL, Darge K. Ultrasound Elastography to Quantify Liver Disease Severity in Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease. J Pediatr. 2019 Jun; J Pediatr. 2019 Jun;209:107-115.e5. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2019.01.055. Epub 2019 Mar 20.
Gimpel C, Avni EF, Breysem L, Burgmaier K, Caroli A, Cetiner M, Haffner D, Hartung EA, Franke D, König J, Liebau MC, Mekahli D, Ong ACM, Pape L, Titieni A, Torra R, Winyard PJD, Schaefer F. Imaging of Kidney Cysts and Cystic Kidney Diseases in Children: An International Working Group Consensus Statement. Radiology. 2019 Mar; 290(3):769-782. PMID: 30599104
Serai SD, Otero HJ, Calle-Toro JS, Berman JI, Darge K, Hartung EA. Diffusion tensor imaging of the kidney in healthy controls and in children and young adults with autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2019 Feb; PMID: 30783727
Calle-Toro JS, Serai SD, Hartung EA, Goldberg DJ, Bolster BD Jr, Darge K, Anupindi SA. Magnetic resonance elastography SE-EPI vs GRE sequences at 3T in a pediatric population with liver disease. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2019 Jan; PMID: 30600386
Hartung EA, Erus G, Jawad AF, Laney N, Doshi JJ, Hooper SR, Radcliffe J, Davatzikos C, Furth SL. Brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging Findings in Children and Young Adults With CKD. Am J Kidney Dis. 2018 Sep; 72(3):349-359. PMID: 29398180

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