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Pediatrics

Vikas R. Dharnidharka, MD, MPH

Current Position
Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Chief, Division of Pediatric Nephrology


Specialty Areas
Pediatric Nephrology
Pediatric Kidney Transplant

Patients Seen At
St Louis Children's Hospital
One Children's Place, Suite C, 2nd Floor
St Louis, MO  63110
314-454-6043
Fax:   314-454-4283
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Areas of Clinical Interest
Pediatric nephrology, pediatric dialysis, kidney transplantation, pediatric plasmapheresis, cellular apheresis, kidney biopsies, acute hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, kidney critical care, anemia management, bone mineral management.

Areas of Research Interest
Transplant outcomes research, to evaluate risk factors and outcomes related to infections or malignancies after solid organ transplantation. Also interest in PTLD and BK virus nephropathy (BKVN), two major complications after organ transplantation.

Board Certification
Pediatric Nephrology -- Certified
Pediatrics -- Certified

Medical Education
B.S. : St. Xavier's College, Mahapalika Marg, Bombay, India, 1982
MBBS (MD): Topiwala National Medical College, Bombay University, Bombay, India, 1988
Residency: Pediatrics, Topiwala National Medical College, Bombay University, Bombay, India, 1991
Residency: Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Michigan & Wayne State University,Detroit, MI , 1995
Fellowship: Pediatric Nephrology, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, 1998
Postgraduate Program in Clinical Investigation: University of Florida,Gainesville, FL, 2007
Master's Degree: Public Health, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2007
Hospital Affiliations
St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis

Honors and Awards
Listed in Best Doctors in America, 2013 (Best Doctors, Inc.)

Recent Publications
Chaudhuri A, Ozawa M, Everly MJ, Ettenger R, Dharnidharka V, Benfield M, Mathias R, Portale A, McDonald R, Harmon W, Kershaw D, Vehaskari VM, Kamil E, Baluarte HJ, Warady B, Li L, Sigdel TK, Hsieh SC, Dai H, Naesens M, Waskerwitz J, Salvatierra O Jr, Terasaki PI, Sarwal MM. The clinical impact of humoral immunity in pediatric renal transplantation. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2013 Mar;24(4):655-64.

Al Khasawneh E, Araya CE, Dharnidharka VR. Missed viral surveillance testing visits associate with full blown viral diseases in children receiving kidney transplants. Pediatr Transplant. 2013 Mar;17(2):129-32.

Moudgil A, Dharnidharka VR, Lamb KE, Meier-Kriesche HU. Best allograft survival from share-35 kidney donors occurs in middle-aged adults and young children-an analysis of OPTN data. Transplantation. 2013 Jan 27;95(2):319-25.

Li L, Khatri P, Sigdel TK, Tran T, Ying L, Vitalone MJ, Chen A, Hsieh S, Dai H, Zhang M, Naesens M, Zarkhin V, Sansanwal P, Chen R, Mindrinos M, Xiao W, Benfield M, Ettenger RB, Dharnidharka V, Mathias R, Portale A, McDonald R, Harmon W, Kershaw D, Vehaskari VM, Kamil E, Baluarte HJ, Warady B, Davis R, Butte AJ, Salvatierra O, Sarwal MM. A peripheral blood diagnostic test for acute rejection in renal transplantation. Am J Transplant. 2012 Oct;12(10):2710-8.

Glotz D, Chapman JR, Dharnidharka VR, Hanto DW, Castro MC, Hirsch HH, Leblond V, Mehta AK, Moulin B, Pagliuca A, Pascual J, Rickinson AB, Russo FP, Trappe RU, Webster AC, Zuckermann AO, Gross TG. The Seville expert workshop for progress in posttransplant lymphoproliferative disorders. Transplantation. 2012 Oct 27;94(8):784-93.

Sarwal MM, Ettenger RB, Dharnidharka V, Benfield M, Mathias R, Portale A, McDonald R, Harmon W, Kershaw D, Vehaskari VM, Kamil E, Baluarte HJ, Warady B, Tang L, Liu J, Li L, Naesens M, Sigdel T, Waskerwitz J, Salvatierra O. Complete steroid avoidance is effective and safe in children with renal transplants: a multicenter randomized trial with three-year follow-up. Am J Transplant. 2012 Oct;12(10):2719-29.

Naesens M, Salvatierra O, Benfield M, Ettenger RB, Dharnidharka V, Harmon W, Mathias R, Sarwal MM; SNS01-NIH-CCTPT Multicenter Trial. Subclinical inflammation and chronic renal allograft injury in a randomized trial on steroid avoidance in pediatric kidney transplantation.  Am J Transplant. 2012 Oct;12(10):2730-43.

Glotz D, Chapman JR, Dharnidharka VR, Hanto DW, Castro MC, Hirsch HH, Leblond V, Mehta AK, Moulin B, Pagliuca A, Pascual J, Rickinson AB, Russo FP, Trappe RU, Webster AC, Zuckermann AO, Gross TG. The Seville expert workshop for progress in posttransplant lymphoproliferative disorders. Transplantation. 2012 Oct 27;94(8):784-93.

Schwartz GJ, Schneider MF, Maier PS, Moxey-Mims M, Dharnidharka VR, Warady BA, Furth SL, Muñoz A. Improved equations estimating GFR in children with chronic kidney disease using an immunonephelometric determination of cystatin C. Kidney Int. 2012 Aug;82(4):445-53.

Neu AM, Sander A, Borzych-Duzalka D, Watson AR, Vallés PG, Ha IS, Patel H, Askenazi D, Balasz-Chmielewska I, Lauronen J, Groothoff JW, Feber J, Schaefer F, Warady BA; IPPN investigators. Comorbidities in chronic pediatric peritoneal dialysis patients: a report of the International Pediatric Peritoneal Dialysis Network. Perit Dial Int. 2012 Jul-Aug;32(4):410-8.

Schaefer F, Borzych-Duzalka D, Azocar M, Munarriz RL, Sever L, Aksu N, Barbosa LS, Galan YS, Xu H, Coccia PA, Szabo A, Wong W, Salim R, Vidal E, Pottoore S, Warady BA; IPPN investigators. Impact of global economic disparities on practices and outcomes of chronic peritoneal dialysis in children: insights from the International Pediatric Peritoneal Dialysis Network Registry. Perit Dial Int. 2012 Jul-Aug;32(4):399-409.

Dharnidharka VR. Less invasive biomarkers of acute rejection: reaching the elusive clinic. Pediatr Transplant. 2012 Jun;16(4):308-9.

Dharnidharka VR, Lamb KE, Gregg JA, Meier-Kriesche HU. Associations between EBV serostatus and organ transplant type in PTLD risk: an analysis of the SRTR National Registry Data in the United States. Am J Transplant. 2012 Apr;12(4):976-83.

Araya CE, Dharnidharka VR. The factors that may predict response to rituximab therapy in recurrent focal segmental glomerulosclerosis: a systematic review. J Transplant. 2011;2011:374213.

Nagarathnam B, Sankar K, Dharnidharka V, Balakrishnan V, Archunan G, Sowdhamini R. TM-MOTIF: an alignment viewer to annotate predicted transmembrane helices and conserved motifs in aligned set of sequences. Bioinformation. 2011;7(5):214-21. Epub 2011 Oct 31.

For more articles and abstracts, take this off-site link to the National Library of Medicine Ped Med page for Dr. Vikas R. Dharnidharka.


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