History & Leadership

NAPRTCS was founded in 1987.

  • The initial operational objective was to obtain the voluntary participation of all kidney transplant centers in North America in which more than four pediatric patients received kidney allografts annually.
  • The initial scientific objective included capture of information about current practice and trends in immunosuppressive therapy with an ultimate goal of improving the care of pediatric renal allograft recipients in North America.
  •  By 1994, NAPRTCS had expanded the registry to studies for all phases of treatment for end stage renal disease in children, including chronic kidney disease, dialysis, and kidney transplantation.
  • NAPRTCS expanded its scope by developing a multi-center clinical trials network in 1994.
  • In 2009 NAPRTCS leveraged the power of the registries to provide Benchmarking Tools for pediatric CKD and ESRD care.
  • The Children’s Hospital Association launched the Standardizing Care to Improve Outcomes in Pediatric End-Stage Renal Disease (SCOPE) Collaborative in 2011. This quality transformation project was developed and implemented through a partnership with NAPRTCS.

NAPRTCS Board of Directors

Alicia Neu, MD – President


Director, Division of Pediatric Nephrology


Medical Director Pediatric Dialysis and Kidney Transplantation


The Bloomberg Children’s Center at The Johns Hopkins Hospital


Professor, Pediatrics


The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Bradley Warady, MD – Vice President


Director, Division of Nephrology


Director, Dialysis and Transplantation


Children’s Mercy Kansas City


Professor of Pediatrics


University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine


Stuart Goldstein, MD – Secretary/Treasurer


Director, Center for Acute Care Nephrology


Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center


Professor of Pediatrics


University of Cincinnati College of Medicine


Tom Blydt-Hansen, MD, FRCPC


Director, Multi-Organ Transplant Program


British Columbia Children’s Hospital


Associate Professor of Pediatrics


University of British Columbia


Vikas Dharnidharka, MD, MPH


Professor and Director


Division of Pediatric Nephrology, Hypertension and Pheresis


Washington University in St. Louis & St. Louis Children’s Hospital


Jodi Smith, MD


Medical Director, Kidney Transplant


Seattle Children’s Hospital


Associate Professor, Pediatrics


Adjunct Associate Professor, Epidemiology


University of Washington School of Medicine


Michael Somers, MD


Associate Chief, Division of Nephrology


Boston Children’s Hospital


Associate Professor, Pediatrics


Harvard Medical School