Nephrology, Hypertension & Pheresis | What's New

Vikas Dharnidharka, MD, MPH was elected in November 2019 to serve on the ASPN Council. His term is from June 2020 to May 2024.

Vikas Dharnidharka, MD, MPH was re-elected in 2020 to a second 2-year term as Chair of the Executive Committee of the AAP Section on Nephrology.

Carmen Halabi, MD, MPH was invited to give a talk at the Experimental Biology 2021 Conference. Her talk is "Consequences of Extracellular Matrix Abnormalities on Small Resistance Arteries."

In June 2020, U.S. News & World Report ranked us a top 20 U.S. pediatric nephrology program.

In June 2020, Kira Geile, NP was appointed as co-chair to the Allied Health Committee at ASFA.

Vikas Dharnidharka, MD, MPH and Eileen Ciccia, MD co-authored a commentary for Pediatrics published in August 2020 titled “Acute Kidney Injury in Children: Being AWARE.”

ASN Kidney Week 2020 had a strong showing from several faculty members in the division:

  • Vikas Dharnidharka, MD, MPH was an invited speaker for the “Onco-Transplant Nephrology” clinical practice session. His presentation was titled “Post-Transplant Leukemia and Lymphoma.”
  • Eileen Ciccia, MD presented a research abstract, titled “Urinary Cubilin Shedding Predicts Progressive Diabetic Nephropathy in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus.”
  • Raja Dandamudi, MD presented three research abstracts, titled “Reduced 1-Year Allograft Function in Pediatric Transplant Recipients: Role of Subclinical Viral Replications,” “The Creeping Creatinine in a Growing Child with a Kidney Transplant: Using Absolute GFR Values to Separate Age Effects from Progressive Graft Dysfunction,” and “Transition of Renal Transplant Care from Pediatrics to Adolescence and Young Adulthood: Retrospective Study Comparing Serum Creatinine-Based GFR Estimating Equations.”
  • Raja Dandamudi, MD presented a trainee case report, titled “Dent Disease Phenotype Caused by Immunodysregulation Polyendocrinopathy Enteropathy X-Linked (IPEX) Syndrome: Due to Anti-Tubular Basement Membrane Antibody Disease.”
  • Vikas Dharnidharka, MD, MPH and collaborator Leonardo Riella, MD PhD received a 1-year pilot grant from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Pediatric Center of Excellence in Nephrology (PCEN) to study treatments for recurrent FSGS in pediatric kidney transplantation.

Brian Stotter, MD was appointed to the American Academy of Pediatrics PREP Nephrology Editorial Board for a 3-year term, beginning in July 2020.

St. Louis Children’s modified aquapheresis (Aquadex) program, led by Eileen Ciccia, MD, went live on July 15, 2020.


Vikas Dharnidharka, MD, MPH has been named the Vice Chair of Clinical Investigation for the Department of Pediatrics, effective August 1, 2020.


Keith Hruska received a research grant from Regeneron, Mechanisms in Heart Failure in CKD.”

Carmen Halabi, MD, PhD was invited to present at the 2019 Elastin, Elastic Fibers and Micro fibrils Gordon Research Conference in Manchester, NH in July 2019.  Her talk was titled “Contributions of fibulin-4 and lysyl oxidase to large versus small vessel wall integrity.” 

Paul Hmiel, MD, PhD celebrated 25 years of service to the Washington University School of Medicine. He was also awarded the 2019 Robert Strunk, MD “Master Clinician Award in Clinical Excellence for “Outstanding Contributions to the Outpatient Clinical Services of SLCH and WUSM”.

The 2019 NAPRTCS annual meeting and fall 2019 meeting of the Pediatric Nephrology Research Consortium (PNRC) were held back-to-back in St. Louis and hosted by Washington University in St. Louis. Faculty member Kevin Barton, MD and fellow Raja Dandamudi, MD had special study proposals that were accepted by NAPRTCS and awarded funding, and the results of these studies were presented at the 2019 NAPRTCS annual meeting. The title of Dr. Barton’s talk was “Risk factors for late acute rejection after pediatric kidney transplantation.” Dr. Dandamudi’s talk was titled “Impact of dialysis adequacy on morbidity in children on chronic hemodialysis: a North American Pediatric Renal Trials and Collaborative Studies (NAPRTCS) report.”

Kira Geile, PNP, was awarded the Washington University Pediatric Department’s “2019 Unsung Heroes Award.” This is an annual award recognizing the exceptional contribution of an individual.

Vikas Dharnidharka, MD, MPH was invited to present at the 2019 International Pediatric Nephrology Association (IPNA) Congress held in Venice, Italy. The title of his presentation was “Complications of renal transplantation – tumors.”


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