Vikas Dharnidharka, M.D., M.P.H.

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Director, Division of Pediatric Nephrology, Hypertension and Pheresis
Professor of Pediatrics, Nephrology


Research Interests

My research interests are focused on end stage renal disease. I investigate the epidemiology of over-immunosuppression complications in transplantation using large national database linkages. I investigate biomarkers of acute and chronic rejection in translational studies (NIH grant R01DK102981, PI: Dharnidharka). I am investigating the microbial genomic patterns in stored paraffin tissue blocks of post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (Children’s Discovery Institute grant MC-II-2014-394, PI: Dharnidharka) . I am part of a consortium performing a randomized trial to improve adherence in teenagers with a kidney transplant and in consortia that study acute kidney injury (NIH grant R01 DK092977, PI: Foster). I am a site investigator in several industry studies of chronic kidney disease medications in children.


  • MD, Topiwala National Medical College, Bombay University1991
  • MPH, University of Florida College of Public Health2007
  • MBBS, Topiwala National Medical College, (Affiliated with Bombay University)1988


  • Internship, Topiwala National Medical College & Bombay University1987 - 1988
  • Diploma in Child Health (DCH), College of Physicians and Surgeons1988 - 1990
  • Pediatrics Residency, BYL Nair Hospital & Topiwala National Medical College1988 - 1991
  • Pediatrics Residency, Children's Hospital of Michigan & Wayne State University1993 - 1995
  • Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship, Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School1995 - 1998
  • Advanced Post Graduate Program in Clinical Investigation (APPCI), University of Florida2005 - 2007

Licensure and Board Certification

  • 1988Maharashtra State Medical Council, India
  • 1991Diplomate, National Board of Examinations in Pediatrics, New Delhi, India
  • 1993 - 1995State of Michigan
  • 1993 - 1999NALS/Neonatal Advanced Life Support, American Heart Association
  • 1993 - 2003PALS/Pediatric Advanced Life Support , American Heart Association
  • 1995 - 2002Diplomate; American Board of Pediatric, Chapel Hill, NC
  • 1995 - 2003Board of Registration, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • 1999 - 2006Diplomate, Sub-Board in Pediatric Nephrology, American Board of Pediatrics, Chapel Hill, NC
  • 1999 - 2013FL, Board of Medicine, State of Florida
  • 2003 - 2009General Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics, Chapel Hill, NC
  • 2005Graduate Record Examination, Educational Testing Service
  • 2006 - 2016Recertification, Pediatric Nephrology
  • 2012 - PresMissouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts
  • 2014 - PresState of Illinois
  • 2016 - PresRecertification, Pediatric Nephrology

Honors and Awards

  • National Talent Search Scholarship, National Council of Educational Research and Training, Government of India, New Delhi, Inda1980 - 1990
  • Jane Patrao Award (Bronze Medal), 3rd among college class of 100 in entrance examination to T N Medical College, Bombay, India1982
  • H A Maniar Prize (Gold Metal), First among college class of 1991 in Forensic medicine at the 2nd MBBS University examination, Bombay, India1985
  • Bombay University Merit Scholarship, Bombay, India1988 - 1991
  • Best Resident Award, BYL Nair Hospital, Bombay, India1990 - 1991
  • Dr. V B Raju Young Investigators Award, Indian Academy of Pediatrics1992
  • 1st Prize for Best Abstract, Resident Abstract Competition, Michigan Association of Physicians from India1993
  • Hargobind Medical Fellowship Award, Hargobind Foundation, Bombay, India1993
  • Rameshwar Das Birla Fellowship Award, Bombay Hospital Institute Medical Trust, Bombay, India1993
  • The Resident Award for Outstanding Scientific Research, National Convention of the American Association of Physicians from India1994
  • Sheldon Brenner Award for Best Resident Research , Children's Hospital of Michigan1995
  • Physician Recognition Award, American Medical Association1996
  • ASTP Young Investigator Award, American Society of Transplant Physicians1998
  • AST Young Investigator Award, American Society of Transplantation1999
  • Young Investigator Award, International Pediatric Transplant Association2000
  • AAI Junior Faculty Award, American Association of Immunologists2001
  • Physician Recognition Award, American Medical Association2001
  • Society for Pediatric Research, Election to Membership2002
  • ASN Young Investigator Award, American Society of Nephrology2003
  • Physician Recognition Award, American Medical Association2004
  • Junior Faculty Travel Award, 32nd Pediatric Nephrology Seminar Series2005
  • Vice-President's APPCI Fellowship Award, University of Florida2005
  • AST-Wyeth Achievement Award for Assistant Professors in Clinical Science, American Society of Transplantation2006
  • Travel Grant, American Society of Nephrology2006
  • Vocational Service Award, Rotary Club of Bombay Peninsula2006
  • Young Investigator Award, North American Pediatric Transplant Cooperative Study2006
  • Expert Faculty Resource Service, American Society of Transplantation2006 - 2007
  • Young Investigator Award, 5th Immunology of Diabetes International Congress2007
  • Best Doctors in America2007 - 2008
  • Faculty Enhancement Opportunity Award, University of Florida2008
  • Certificate of Recognition, Outstanding Achievement in Pediatric Medical Student Education2008 - 2009
  • Best Doctors in America2009 - 2010
  • Inducted into Delta Omega, Honorary Alumni Society in Public Health, University of Florida's College of Public Health and Health Professions' Beta Epsilon Chapter2010
  • Best Doctors in America2011 - 2012
  • AST Investigator Achievement Award Clinical Science, American Society of Transplantation2012
  • Best Doctors in America2013 - 2014
  • Best Doctors in America2015 - 2016
  • Best Doctors in America2016 - 2017
  • Nominated for Board of Directors election slate, American Society of Transplantation2017
  • Best Doctors in America2017 - 2018
  • Elected Chair, Section of Nephrology, American Academy of Pediatrics2018 - 2020
  • Election to National Governing Council, American Society of Pediatric Nephrology2020 - 2024
  • Re-elected to second 2-year term as Chair, Section of Nephrology, American Academy of Pediatrics2020 - 2022
  • Selected as one of five national Scholars, Pediatric Leadership Development Course, American Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs Association of2021 - 2022

Selected Publications view all (218)

Pretransplant Midodrine Use: A Newly Identified Risk Marker for Complications After Kidney Transplantation. Transplantation. 2016. doi:10.1097/TP.0000000000001113  PMID:26950718 
National variation in use of Immunosuppression for kidney transplantation: A call for evidence-based regimen selection. Am J Transplant. 2016. doi:10.1111/ajt.13758  PMID:26901466 
Post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders. Nat Rev Dis Primers. 2016;2:15088. doi:10.1038/nrdp.2015.88  PMID:27189056 
Variation in Comedication Use According to Kidney Transplant Immunosuppressive Regimens: Application of Integrated Registry and Pharmacy Claims Data. Transplant Proc. 2016;48(1):55-8. doi:10.1016/j.transproceed.2015.12.024  PMID:26915843 
Perceived barriers to medication adherence in pediatric and adolescent solid organ transplantation. Pediatr Transplant. 2015. doi:10.1111/petr.12648  PMID:26670870 
Economic Impacts of ABO-Incompatible Live Donor Kidney Transplantation: A National Study of Medicare-Insured Recipients. Am J Transplant. 2015. doi:10.1111/ajt.13616  PMID:26603690 
High Risk of Liver Allograft Failure During Late Adolescence and Young Adulthood. Transplantation. 2015. doi:10.1097/TP.0000000000001009  PMID:26588009 
Clinical and economic consequences of first-year urinary tract infections, sepsis, and pneumonia in contemporary kidney transplantation practice. Transpl Int. 2015. doi:10.1111/tri.12711  PMID:26563524 
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. Pediatr Transplant. 2015. doi:10.1111/petr.12579  PMID:26260626 
Across all solid organs, adolescent age recipients have worse transplant organ survival than younger age children: A US national registry analysis. Pediatr Transplant. 2015;19(5):471-6. doi:10.1111/petr.12464  PMID:25832588