History & Leadership

NAPRTCS was founded in 1987 by Dr. Amir Tejani.

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.

NAPRTCS 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.

NAPRTCS has developed Benchmarking Tools for pediatric CKD and ESRD care.

The Children’s Hospital Association has developed and implemented Standardizing Care to Improve Outcomes in Pediatric End-Stage Renal Disease (SCOPE) Collaborative through a partnership with NAPRTCS, building on the longstanding collaboration between pediatric nephrology centers contributing to the NAPRTCS patient registry. This Quality Transformation Network Collaborative focuses on increasing implementation of standardized care practices to reduce dialysis access related infections in pediatric dialysis patients.

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