Vikas Dharnidharka, M.D., M.P.H.  vikasD@wustl.edu

Director, Division of Pediatric Nephrology, Hypertension and Pheresis
Professor of Pediatrics, Nephrology
Patient Oriented Research UnitNephrology

phone: 314-286-1574

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.

Education

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

Training

  • 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

  • Maharashtra State Medical Council, India1988
  • Diplomate, National Board of Examinations in Pediatrics, New Delhi, India1991
  • State of Michigan1993
  • NALS/Neonatal Advanced Life Support, American Heart Association1993
  • PALS/Pediatric Advanced Life Support , American Heart Association1993
  • Diplomate; American Board of Pediatric, Chapel Hill, NC1995
  • Board of Registration, Commonwealth of Massachusetts1995
  • Diplomate, Sub-Board in Pediatric Nephrology, American Board of Pediatrics, Chapel Hill, NC1999
  • FL, Board of Medicine, State of Florida 1999
  • General Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics, Chapel Hill, NC2003
  • Graduate Record Examination, Educational Testing Service 2005
  • Recertification, Pediatric Nephrology2006
  • Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts 2012
  • State of Illinois2014
  • Recertification, Pediatric Nephrology2016

Honors

  • Best Doctors in America 2015-2016
  • 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

Selected Publications view all (10)


Publication Co-Authors

  1. Alhamad T, Brennan DC, Brifkani Z, Xiao H, Schnitzler MA, Dharnidharka VR, Axelrod D, Segev DL, Lentine KL. Pretransplant Midodrine Use: A Newly Identified Risk Marker for Complications After Kidney Transplantation. Transplantation. 2016. doi:10.1097/TP.0000000000001113  PMID:26950718  
  2. Axelrod D, Naik AS, Schnitzler MA, Segev DL, Dharnidharka VR, Brennan DC, Bae S, Chen J, Massie A, Lentine KL. 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  
  3. Dharnidharka VR, Webster AC, Martinez OM, Preiksaitis JK, Leblond V, Choquet S. Post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders. Nat Rev Dis Primers. 2016;2:15088. doi:10.1038/nrdp.2015.88  PMID:27189056  
  4. Lentine KL, Naik AS, Schnitzler M, Axelrod D, Chen J, Brennan DC, Segev DL, Kasiske BL, Randall H, Dharnidharka VR. 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  
  5. Danziger-Isakov L, Frazier TW, Worley S, Williams N, Shellmer D, Dharnidharka VR, Gupta NA, Ikle D, Sweet SC, CTOTC-05 Consortium. Perceived barriers to medication adherence in pediatric and adolescent solid organ transplantation. Pediatr Transplant. 2015. doi:10.1111/petr.12648  PMID:26670870  
  6. Axelrod D, Segev DL, Xiao H, Schnitzler MA, Brennan DC, Dharnidharka VR, Orandi BJ, Naik AS, Randall H, Tuttle-Newhall JE, Lentine KL. 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  
  7. Foster BJ, Dahhou M, Zhang X, Dharnidharka VR, Conway J, Ng VL. High Risk of Liver Allograft Failure During Late Adolescence and Young Adulthood. Transplantation. 2015. doi:10.1097/TP.0000000000001009  PMID:26588009  
  8. Naik AS, Dharnidharka VR, Schnitzler MA, Brennan DC, Segev DL, Axelrod D, Xiao H, Kucirka L, Chen J, Lentine KL. 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  
  9. Ashoor IF, Dharnidharka VR. 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  
  10. Dharnidharka VR, Lamb KE, Zheng J, Schechtman KB, Meier-Kriesche HU. 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