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photo Kelly Victoria Liang, MD


Assistant Professor of Medicine


Phone: 412-647-7157

Office: A915 Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: 412-647-7157
Fax: 412-647-6222
Education and Training
MD, Jefferson Medical College, 2002
BS, Pennsylvania State University, 2000
Nephrology Fellowship, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, 2008
Internal Medicine Residency, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, 2005
Research Interest
Dr. Liang’s research primarily focuses on various aspects of lupus nephritis, acute kidney injury (AKI), and cardiorenal failure. She is investigating whether AKI biomarkers will be detectable in the kidneys and elevated in the blood of patients with biopsy-proven lupus nephritis (LN) during the time of an LN flare. She has aperformed a retrospective study using the Acute Renal Failure Trial Network (ATN) Study database assessing whether urea reduction ratio (URR) can be used as a simpler method of determining adequacy of intermittent hemodialysis in the critical care setting. She performed a pilot trial investigating whether a protocolized diuretic treatment strategy results in improved clinical decongestion, clinical outcomes, and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in patients with cardiorenal failure.
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Selected Publications:
Liang KV, Pike F, Argyropoulos C, Weissfeld L, Teuteberg J, Dew MA, Unruh ML. Heart failure severity scoring system and medical and health related quality of life outcomes: the HEMO Study. Am J Kidney Dis. 2011; Epub 2011 May 10.
Liang KV, Greene EL, Williams AW, Herzog CA, Hodge DO, Owan TE, Redfield MM. Exploratory study of relationship between hospitalized heart failure patients and chronic renal replacement therapy. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2009; 24(8): 2518-23.
Wagner SJ, Craici I, Reed D, Norby S, Bailey K, Wiste HJ, Wood CM, Moder KG, Liang KP, Liang KV, Rose C, Rozkos T, Sitina M, Grande JP, Garovic VD. Maternal and foetal outcomes in pregnant patients with active lupus nephritis. Lupus. 2009; 18(4): 342-7.
Liang KV, Williams AW, Greene EL, Redfield MM. Acute decompensated heart failure and the cardiorenal syndrome. Crit Care Med. 2008; 36(1 Suppl): S75-S88.
Liang KV, Greene EL, Oei LS, Lewin M, Lager D, Sethi S. Nodular glomerulosclerosis: renal lesions in chronic smokers mimic chronic thrombotic microangiopathy and hypertensive lesions. Am J Kidney Dis. 2007; 49(4): 552-9.
Liang KV, Hiniker AR, Williams AW, Karon BL, Greene EL, Redfield MM. Use of a novel ultrafiltration device as a treatment strategy for diuretic resistant, refractory heart failure: initial clinical experience in a single center. J Card Fail. 2006; 12(9).
Liang KV, Sanderson SO, Nowakowski GS, Arora AS. Metastatic malignant melanoma of the gastrointestinal tract. Mayo Clin Proc. 2006; 81(4): 511-6.
Liang KV, Newman JS, Ebright AB, Gregoire JR. What’s your diagnosis? A case of kidney failure. The Hospitalist. 2005; 10(5): 12,67.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Effect of Ultrafiltration on Clinical Outcomes and Health-Related Quality of Life in Cardiorenal Failure
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, & Kidney Disease
Grant Number: K23 DK092278
Start Year: 2012
End Year: 2017