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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

Hospital Affiliations

St. Louis Children's Hospital

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.

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  • 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

Perceived barriers to medication adherence in pediatric and adolescent solid organ transplantation.
Danziger-Isakov L, Frazier TW, Worley S, Williams N, Shellmer D, Dharnidharka VR, Gupta NA, Ikle D, Sweet SC, CTOTC-05 Consortium
Pediatr Transplant. 2015 Dec 16; doi: 10.1111/petr.12648.

PMID:
    26670870
    [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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Economic impacts of ABO incompatible live donor kidney transplantation: A national study of Medicare-insured recipients.
Axelrod D, Segev DL, Xiao H, Schnitzler MA, Brennan DC, Dharnidharka VR, Orandi B, Naik AS, Randall H, Tuttle-Newhall JE, Lentine KL
Am J Transplant. 2015 Nov 25; doi: 10.1111/ajt.13616.

PMID:
    26603690
    [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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High Risk of Liver Allograft Failure During Late Adolescence and Young Adulthood.
Foster BJ, Dahhou M, Zhang X, Dharnidharka VR, Conway J, Ng VL
Transplantation. 2015 Nov 19;

PMID:
    26588009
    [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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Clinical and economic consequences of first-year urinary tract infections, sepsis, and pneumonia in contemporary kidney transplantation practice.
Naik AS, Dharnidharka VR, Schnitzler MA, Brennan DC, Segev DL, Axelrod D, Xiao H, Kucirka L, Chen J, Lentine KL
Transpl Int. 2016 Feb; 29(2)241-52. doi: 10.1111/tri.12711.

PMID:
    26563524
    [PubMed - in process]
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Sexually transmitted infection screening and reproductive health counseling in adolescent renal transplant recipients: Perceptions and practice patterns. A study from the Midwest Pediatric Nephrology Consortium.
Ashoor IF, Dharnidharka VR
Pediatr Transplant. 2015 Nov; 19(7)704-8. doi: 10.1111/petr.12579.

PMID:
    26260626
    [PubMed - in process]
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De novo development of antibodies to kidney-associated self-antigens angiotensin II receptor type I, collagen IV, and fibronectin occurs at early time points after kidney transplantation in children.
Hesemann LE, Subramanian V, Mohanakumar T, Dharnidharka VR
Pediatr Transplant. 2015 Aug; 19(5)499-503. doi: 10.1111/petr.12531.

PMID:
    26058970
    [PubMed - in process]
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Associations of pre-transplant prescription narcotic use with clinical complications after kidney transplantation.
Lentine KL, Lam NN, Xiao H, Tuttle-Newhall JE, Axelrod D, Brennan DC, Dharnidharka VR, Yuan H, Nazzal M, Zheng J, Schnitzler MA
Am J Nephrol. 2015; 41(2)165-76. doi: 10.1159/000377685.

PMID:
    25832723
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Lack of significant improvements in long-term allograft survival in pediatric solid organ transplantation: A US national registry analysis.
Dharnidharka VR, Lamb KE, Zheng J, Schechtman KB, Meier-Kriesche HU
Pediatr Transplant. 2015 Aug; 19(5)477-83. doi: 10.1111/petr.12465.

PMID:
    25832769
    [PubMed - in process]
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Across all solid organs, adolescent age recipients have worse transplant organ survival than younger age children: A US national registry analysis.
Dharnidharka VR, Lamb KE, Zheng J, Schechtman KB, Meier-Kriesche HU
Pediatr Transplant. 2015 Aug; 19(5)471-6. doi: 10.1111/petr.12464.

PMID:
    25832588
    [PubMed - in process]
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Kidney transplant results in children: progress made, but blacks lag behind.
Dharnidharka VR, Seifert ME
Kidney Int. 2015 Mar; 87(3)492-4. doi: 10.1038/ki.2014.366.

PMID:
    25723630
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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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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Ureteral Stent Placement Increases the Risk for Developing BK Viremia after Kidney Transplantation.
Hashim F, Rehman S, Gregg JA, Dharnidharka VR
J Transplant. 2014; 2014459747. doi: 10.1155/2014/459747.

PMID:
    25295178
    [PubMed]
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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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Viral surveillance and subclinical viral infection in pediatric kidney transplantation.
Smith JM, Dharnidharka VR
Pediatr Nephrol. 2015 May; 30(5)741-8. doi: 10.1007/s00467-014-2866-8.

PMID:
    25125226
    [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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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.