Prof. Michael L. Moritz

University of Pittsburgh

Associate Professor of Pediatrics



1991 M.D., University of Chicago

1987 B.A., University of Miami


  1. Freeman MA, Ayus JC, Moritz ML.  Maintenance Intravenous Fluid Prescribing Practices Among Paediatric Residents. Acta Paediatr. 2012 Jul 5 [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Moritz ML Syndrome of inappropriate antidiuresis and cerebral salt wasting syndrome: are they different and does it matter? Pediatr Nephrol. 2012 Feb 23. [Epub ahead of print]
  3. Moritz ML, Ayus JC. Maintenance intravenous fluids with 0.9% sodium chloride do not produce hypernatraemia in children. Acta Paediatr. 2012 Mar;101(3):222-3
  4. Moritz ML, Ayus JC. Prevention of hospital-acquired hyponatremia: Do we have the answers. Pediatrics. 2011 Nov;128(5):980-3. Epub 2011 Oct 17
  5. Moritz ML, Ayus JC. Intravenous fluid management for the acutely ill child. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2011 Apr;23(2):186-93.
  6. Moritz ML, Ayus JC. Improving intravenous fluid therapy in children with gastroenteritis. Pediatr Nephrol. 2010 Aug;25(8):1383-4. Epub 2010 Mar 23
  7. Cladis FP, Bykowski M, Schmitt E, Naran S, Moritz ML, Cray J, Grunwaldt L, Losee J. Postoperative hyponatremia following calvarial vault remodeling in craniosynostosis. Paediatr Anaesth. 2011 Oct;21(10):1020-5]
  8. Moritz ML, Ayus JC. 100 cc 3% sodium chloride bolus: a novel treatment for hyponatremic encephalopathy. Metab Brain Dis. 2010 Mar;25(1):91-6. Epub 2010 Mar 11.
  9. Ayus C, Moritz ML.  Bone disease as a new complication of hyponatremia: moving beyond brain injury. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2010 Feb;5(2):167-8. Epub 2010 Jan 14.14
  10. Moritz ML, Ayus C.  Water water everywhere: Standardizing post-operative fluid therapy with 0.9% NaCl.  Anesth Analg. 2010 Feb;110(2):293-5.
  11. Pham SL, Bickel JP, Moritz ML, Levin JE.  Discovering knowledge on pediatric fluid therapy and dysnatremias from quantitative data found in electronic medical records. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2010 Nov 13;2010:652-6.
  12. Kanda K, Nozu K, Kaito H, Iijima K, Nakanishi K, Yoshikawa N, Ninchoji T, Hashimura Y, Matsuo M, Moritz ML. The relationship between arginine vasopressin levels and hyponatremia following a percutaneous renal biopsy in children receiving hypotonic or isotonic intravenous fluids. Pediatr Nephrol. 2010 Oct 16. [Epub ahead of print]
  13. Moritz ML, Ayus JC. New aspects in the pathogenesis, prevention, and treatment of hyponatremic encephalopathy in children. Pediatr Nephrol. 2010 Jul;25(7):1225-38.
  14. Aujla SJ, Michelson P, Langman CB, Shapiro R, Ellis D, Moritz ML. Refractory hypercalcemia in an infant secondary to talc pleurodesis resolving after renal transplantation. Am J Transplant. 2008 Jun;8(6):1329-33.
  15. Ayus JC, Moritz ML. Exercise-associated hyponatremia masquerading as acute mountain sickness: are we missing the diagnosis?  Clin J Sport Med. 2008 Sep;18(5):383-6.
  16. Moritz ML, Ayus JC. Exercise-associated hyponatremia: why are athletes still dying? Clin J Sport Med. 2008 Sep;18(5):379-81.
  17. Moritz, ML. Urine sodium composition in ambulatory healthy children: hypotonic or isotonic? Pediatr Nephrol. 2008. Jun;23(6):955-7.
  18. 18.   Moritz ML, Ayus JC. Hospital-acquired hyponatremia--why are hypotonic parenteral fluids still being used?  Nat Clin Pract Nephrol. 2007 Jul;3(7):374-82
  19. Bingler MA, Ellis D, Moritz ML.  Acute post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis in a 14-month-old boy: why is this uncommon? Pediatr Nephrol. 2007 Mar;22(3):448-50.
  20. Larosa C, McMullen L, Bakdash S, Ellis D, Krishnamurti L, Wu HY, Moritz ML. Acute renal failure from xanthine nephropathy during management of acute leukemia. Pediatr Nephrol. 2007 Jan;22(1):132-5
  21. Valentini RP, Imam A, Warrier I, Ellis D, Ritchey AK, Ravindranath Y, Shapiro R, Moritz ML. Sirolimus rescue for tacrolimus-associated post-transplant autoimmune hemolytic anemia. Pediatr Transplantation. 2006 May;10(3):358-61,
  22. Achinger SG, Moritz ML, Ayus JC.  Dysnatremias: why are patients still dying?  South Med J. 2006 Apr;99(4):353-62; quiz 363-4.
  23. Moritz ML, Ayus JC. Preventing neurological complications from dysnatremias in children. Pediatr Nephrol. 2005 Dec;20(12):1687-1700
  24. Moritz ML, Manole MD, Bogen DL, Ayus JC.  Breastfeeding-associated hypernatremia: are we missing the diagnosis? Pediatrics. 2005 Sep;116(3):e343-7
  25. Kreindler J, Ellis D, Vats A, Kurland G, Ranganathan S and Moritz ML.  Infantile systemic lupus erythematosus presenting with pulmonary hemorrhage. Pediatr Nephrol 2005; 20(4):522-525
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