Keri A. Drake, MD $$

Pediatric Nephrologist

Assistant Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center

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Keri Drake, M.D., is a pediatric nephrologist at Children’s Health℠ and an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Nephrology at UT Southwestern who specializes in the treatment of pediatric kidney disease, including congenital and inherited kidney disease, acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease, proteinuria, glomerular disease and hypertension.  

It’s my goal to provide the highest level of care for all patients with kidney-related conditions.
Dr. Drake

Dr. Drake earned her medical degree at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She completed her residency training in pediatrics at the University of Minnesota and her fellowship training in pediatric nephrology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. 

“As a pediatric nephrologist, I have the opportunity to care for children with a wide range of disorders, from acute inpatient care to longitudinal care in the outpatient setting, and it’s my goal to provide the highest level of care for all patients with kidney-related conditions,” says Dr. Drake. 

As a physician-scientist, Dr. Drake’s lab studies the molecular and cellular regulation of kidney development. During her fellowship, Dr. Drake participated in the Pediatric Scientist Development Program, which provided mentorship and grant support for her research examining basic mechanisms governing normal development. Her work was recognized with the Fellows Basic Science Research Award from the Society of Pediatric Research and the American Society for Pediatric Nephrology Fellow Research Award. Through her research at UT Southwestern, Dr. Drake is continuing to work to advance the understanding of kidney disease driven by developmental disorders. 

Education and Training

Medical School
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine (2010)
University of Minnesota (2013), Pediatrics
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (2017), Pediatric Nephrology
Board Certification
American Board of Pediatrics/Nephrology

Departments and Programs

  • Research Interests

    • Genetics of kidney disease
    • Renal development
  • Publications

    • Disruption of Hox9,10,11 function results in cellular level lineage infidelity in the kidney. Drake KA, Adam M, Mahoney R, Potter SS Scientific reports 2018 Apr 8 1 6306
    • Increased Susceptibility to Structural Acute Kidney Injury in a Mouse Model of Presymptomatic Cardiomyopathy. Pleasant L, Ma Q, Devarajan M, Parameswaran P, Drake K, Siroky BJ, Shay-Winkler K, Robbins J, Devarajan P American journal of physiology. Renal physiology 2017 Jul ajprenal.00505.2016
    • Stromal activation of beta-catenin in the developing kidney impacts nephron progenitor differentiation and may contribute to Wilms tumor. Development. Drake KA, Chaney CP, Das A, Roy P, Kwartler CS, Rakheja D, Carroll TJ. (2020).  147(21):dev189597 [PMID: 32541007]
    • Identification and characterization of cellular heterogeneity within the developing renal interstitium. England AR, Chaney CP, Das A, Patel M, Malewsak A, Armendariz D, Hon G, Strand D, Drake KA, Carroll TJ. (2020).  Development. 147(15):dev190108 [PMID: 32586976]
    • Single-Cell Profiling of AKI in a Murine Model Reveals Novel Transcriptional Signatures, Profibrotic Phenotype, and Epithelial-to-Stromal Crosstalk. Rudman-Melnick V, Adam M, Potter A, Chokshi SM, Ma Q, Drake KA, Schuh M, Kofron JM, Devarajan P, Potter SS. (2020).  JASN. 12;2793-2814 [PMID 33115917]
    • Clinicopathological features of C3 glomerulopathy in children: a single center experience. Pediatric Nephrology. Drake KA, Ellington N, Gattineni J, Torrealba JR, Hendricks AR. (2020). Pediatr Nephrol. 35,153–162 [PMID: 31667615]
  • Professional Activities

    • American Society of Pediatric Nephrology (ASPN) (2012 - Present)
    • International Pediatric Nephrology Association (IPNA) (2017 - Present)
  • Awards and Honors

    • NIH Loan Repayment Program-  NIH (2018-2021)
    • Fellow Research Presentation Award - American Society for Pediatric Nephrology (ASPN); San Francisco, CA (2017)
    • Fellows Basic Research Award-  Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS); Baltimore, MD (2016)
    • NIH Loan Repayment Program - NIH (2015-2017)
    • Arnold W. Strauss Fellow Award - Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, OH (2015)
    • Travel Award-  American Society for Pediatric Nephrology (ASPN) (2015, 2012)
    • PSDP Fellow - Pediatric Scientist Development Program (PSDP) (2013-2017)
    • Research Honors - University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (2010)
    • Best Student Presentation Award - Midwest Society for Pediatric Research (2007)
    • Shapiro Excellence in Student Research Award-  University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (2007)


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