Faculty Feature Brian Stotter

Brian Stotter, MD, grew up in Westfield, NJ, a suburb of New York City, in an era when grunge rock, bowl haircuts, and Beanie Babies were all the rage. During his formative years, Brian developed a distinct curiosity about the world around him and was fascinated by science. Much of this was influenced by scientific feats of the time, including the invention of the internet, launch of the Human Genome Project, and of course, the cloning of Dolly, the sheep. He asked lots of questions (too many according to some of his teachers), and along with his problem-solving skills, pushed forward with a plan to pursue a career in science.

After high school, Brian attended Brandeis University in a suburb of Boston, MA, and majored in biology and health policy. It is there he became a Boston Red Sox and Bruins fan (though that may now need to change). As destiny would have it, it is where he also met his future wife Larisa during a campus shuttle ride. He augmented his class and lab studies by working as an EMT for Brandeis’ emergency medical service, and learned from this experience that patient care was what he enjoyed most.

Brian stayed in Boston for another 10 years. He received his medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine, then completed pediatric residency at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. During these years, Brian became fascinated with renal physiology, recognizing that the product of the kidneys is not simply urine, but homeostasis for the body. He was committed to becoming a pediatric nephrologist (who isn’t?), and after residency, completed his nephrology fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. In addition to his clinical training, Brian turned his focus to the glomerulus in his research, studying basic podocyte biology, as well as mechanisms of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) caused by mutations in TRPC6, a non-selective cation channel.

Brian joined the Division of Pediatric Nephrology at Washington University in 2019, where he attends inpatient service and outpatient clinics, including a combined nephrology/urology clinic. He also staffs the St. Louis Children’s outpatient dialysis and pheresis unit. His clinical and research interests include glomerular diseases, with a focus in lupus nephritis and ANCA-associated vasculitis, as well as onconephrology (kidney disease in cancer patients). Brian plays an active role in nephrology medical education for trainees, especially medical students during their 3rd year pediatrics clerkship. He lives with his wife and their fur baby, Oreo, a mixed breed rescue dog in University City. When not staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, Brian enjoys traveling (especially beach getaways and wine tourism), stand-up comedy, theater, bowling, tennis, and trivia nights.

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