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Vikas R. Dharnidharka, MD, MPH

Professor, Pediatrics
Chief, Division of Pediatric Nephrology

Specialty Areas

Pediatric Nephrology
Pediatric Kidney Transplant

Board Certifications

Pediatric Nephrology
Pediatrics

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.

  • Maps & Directions
  • Education
  • Publication & Research

Maps & Directions

Maps & Directions

St. Louis Children’s Hospital

1 Children’s Place
St. Louis, MO 63110

Office Phone: 314-454-6043
Fax: 314-454-4283

Education

Education

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

Publication & Research

Publication & Research

New approaches to treating B-cell cancers induced by Epstein-Barr virus.
Dharnidharka VR, Mohanakumar T
N Engl J Med. 2015 Feb 5; 372(6)569-71. doi: 10.1056/NEJMcibr1415117.

PMID:
    25651254
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Quantifying prognostic impact of prescription opioid use before kidney transplantation through linked registry and pharmaceutical claims data.
Lentine KL, Yuan H, Tuttle-Newhall JE, Xiao H, Chawa V, Axelrod D, Brennan DC, Dharnidharka VR, Beuer C, Schnitzler MA
Transplantation. 2015 Jan; 99(1)187-96. doi: 10.1097/TP.0000000000000248.

PMID:
    25531895
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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The TAKE-IT study: aims, design, and methods.
Foster BJ, Pai A, Zhao H, Furth S, TAKE-IT Study Group
BMC Nephrol. 2014 Aug 30; 15139. doi: 10.1186/1471-2369-15-139.

PMID:
    25176317
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Kidney transplantation in children.
Dharnidharka VR, Fiorina P, Harmon WE
N Engl J Med. 2014 Aug 7; 371(6)549-58. doi: 10.1056/NEJMra1314376.

PMID:
    25099579
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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The ImmuKnow assay--does it really put us in the know about the immune system?
Dharnidharka VR, Hesemann LE
Pediatr Transplant. 2014 Aug; 18(5)415-6. doi: 10.1111/petr.12291.

PMID:
    25041327
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Early clinical complications after ABO-incompatible live-donor kidney transplantation: a national study of Medicare-insured recipients.
Lentine KL, Axelrod D, Klein C, Simpkins C, Xiao H, Schnitzler MA, Tuttle-Newhall JE, Dharnidharka VR, Brennan DC, Segev DL
Transplantation. 2014 Jul 15; 98(1)54-65. doi: 10.1097/TP.0000000000000029.

PMID:
    24978035
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Bartonella henselae infection inducing hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis in a kidney transplant recipient.
Poudel A, Lew J, Slayton W, Dharnidharka VR
Pediatr Transplant. 2014 May; 18(3)E83-7.

PMID:
    24829973
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Stable pediatric kidney transplant recipients run higher urine indoleamine 2, 3 dioxygenase (IDO) levels than healthy children.
Al Khasawneh E, Gupta S, Tuli SY, Shahlaee AH, Garrett TJ, Schechtman KB, Dharnidharka VR
Pediatr Transplant. 2014 May; 18(3)254-7. doi: 10.1111/petr.12232.

PMID:
    24483723
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Hypertension in the teenager.
Anyaegbu EI, Dharnidharka VR
Pediatr Clin North Am. 2014 Feb; 61(1)131-51. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2013.09.011.

PMID:
    24267462
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Understanding medical care of transplant recipients through integrated registry and pharmacy claims data.
Lentine KL, Anyaegbu E, Gleisner A, Schnitzler MA, Axelrod D, Brennan DC, Dharnidharka VR, Abraham E, Tuttle-Newhall JE
Am J Nephrol. 2013; 38(5)420-9. doi: 10.1159/000356092.

PMID:
    24216747
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Urinary-cell mRNA and acute kidney-transplant rejection.
Dharnidharka VR, Storch GA, Brennan DC
N Engl J Med. 2013 Nov 7; 369(19)1858-9. doi: 10.1056/NEJMc1310006#SA2.

PMID:
    24195556
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Non-post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder cancers in children after organ transplantation.
Dharnidharka VR, Kulsum-Mecci N
Pediatr Transplant. 2013 Dec; 17(8)707-9. doi: 10.1111/petr.12165.

PMID:
    24118973
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Pediatric nephrogenic systemic fibrosis is rarely reported: a RADAR report.
Nardone B, Saddleton E, Laumann AE, Edwards BJ, Raisch DW, McKoy JM, Belknap SM, Bull C, Haryani A, Cowper SE, Abu-Alfa AK, Miller FH, Godinez-Puig V, Dharnidharka VR, West DP
Pediatr Radiol. 2014 Feb; 44(2)173-80. doi: 10.1007/s00247-013-2795-x.

PMID:
    24057195
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Verification of association of elevated serum IDO enzyme activity with acute rejection and low CD4-ATP levels with infection.
Dharnidharka VR, Al Khasawneh E, Gupta S, Shuster JJ, Theriaque DW, Shahlaee AH, Garrett TJ
Transplantation. 2013 Sep; 96(6)567-72. doi: 10.1097/TP.0b013e31829c7cec.

PMID:
    23823655
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Best allograft survival from share-35 kidney donors occurs in middle-aged adults and young children-an analysis of OPTN data.
Moudgil A, Dharnidharka VR, Lamb KE, Meier-Kriesche HU
Transplantation. 2013 Jan 27; 95(2)319-25. doi: 10.1097/TP.0b013e3182719203.

PMID:
    23154211
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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The Seville expert workshop for progress in posttransplant lymphoproliferative disorders.
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
Transplantation. 2012 Oct 27; 94(8)784-93. doi: 10.1097/TP.0b013e318269e64f.

PMID:
    22992767
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Missed viral surveillance testing visits associate with full blown viral diseases in children receiving kidney transplants.
Al Khasawneh E, Araya CE, Dharnidharka VR
Pediatr Transplant. 2013 Mar; 17(2)129-32. doi: 10.1111/j.1399-3046.2012.01773.x.

PMID:
    22905915
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Improved equations estimating GFR in children with chronic kidney disease using an immunonephelometric determination of cystatin C.
Schwartz GJ, Schneider MF, Maier PS, Moxey-Mims M, Dharnidharka VR, Warady BA, Furth SL, Muñoz A
Kidney Int. 2012 Aug; 82(4)445-53.

PMID:
    22622496
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Less invasive biomarkers of acute rejection: reaching the elusive clinic.
Dharnidharka VR
Pediatr Transplant. 2012 Jun; 16(4)308-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1399-3046.2012.01679.x.

PMID:
    22489748
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Associations between EBV serostatus and organ transplant type in PTLD risk: an analysis of the SRTR National Registry Data in the United States.
Dharnidharka VR, Lamb KE, Gregg JA, Meier-Kriesche HU
Am J Transplant. 2012 Apr; 12(4)976-83. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-6143.2011.03893.x.

PMID:
    22226225
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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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.