Sarah Kizilbash, MBBS, MS

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Sarah Kizilbash

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-626-2922

Mailing Address:
Pediatric Nephrology
Academic Office Building
2450 Riverside Ave S AO-201
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Fellowship Program Director and Faculty Member, Division of Pediatric Nephrology

Residency in Pediatrics, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Fellowship in Pediatric Nephrology, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN

MS, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

MBBS, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan


Dr. Kizilbash is a pediatric nephrologist at the University of Minnesota and University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. She developed an interest in outcomes associated with kidney transplantation in children during her pediatric nephrology fellowship. After completing the fellowship, she joined the University of Minnesota as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and continued her research in the area of pediatric kidney transplantation. Dr. Kizilbash’s research experience has mostly entailed the study of various predictors of patient and graft survival in pediatric kidney transplant recipients. She has also studied the impact of non-standard donors or marginal kidneys on kidney transplant outcomes in children. This has allowed her to examine strategies to expand the existing deceased donor pool for children in the current the era of a severe organ shortage. Since joining the faculty in July 2016, Dr. Kizilbash has published 9 abstracts and 6 first author peer-reviewed original manuscript that have examined various aspects of kidney transplantation in children. In 2019, she accepted the position of the medical director of pediatric kidney transplant program at the University of Minnesota. Her role as the transplant director has afforded her an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the research needs of the field of kidney transplantation in children.

Awards & Recognition

  • Clinical/Translational Paper of the Year (Assistant Professor), Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota (2021)


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics 
  • American Board of Pediatrics - Pediatric Nephrology



View Dr. Kizilbash's talk on Use of Increased Risk Donors for Pediatric Kidney Transplantation