People

Leadership

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Susan Furth, MD, PhD

Principal Investigator and PCEN Co-Director
Department of Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Pediatric Center of Excellence in Nephrology, Pediatric Nephrology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Susan Furth, MD, PhD, Division Chief in Pediatric Nephrology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Vice Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Leads the Pediatric Center of Excellence in Nephrology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She has been the PI of the East Coast Coordinating Center for the Chronic Kidney Disease in Children cohort study (CKiD), an observational cohort study at over 40 centers enrolling over 1000 children with chronic kidney disease since 2003. She has studied the effectiveness of treatments for children with end-stage renal disease and randomized controlled trials of behavioral interventions to promote adherence. She also studies patient-centered outcome measures in chronic kidney disease.

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Alicia Neu, MD

PCEN Co-Director; Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee
Johns Hopkins Pediatric Nephrology, Pediatric Center of Excellence in Nephrology

Dr. Neu, from Division Chief from Johns Hopkins Pediatric Nephrology, is an internationally recognized expert in the care of children with ESRD. Her research centers on evaluating the quality of care provided to pediatric ESRD patients. Dr. Neu leads national and international collaborative groups, including the North American Pediatric Renal Trials and Collaborative Studies and the Children’s Hospital Association’s Standardizing Care to Improve Outcomes in ESRD (SCOPE) Collaborative.

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Michelle Denburg, MD, MSCE

PCEN Associate Director; Co-Director of Learning Health System Core; PI of Research Project: “Bone Quality and Vascular Health in Adolescents with Urinary Stone Disease”
Cancer Survivorship Program, Division of Nephrology, LHS Core Co-Principal/Director, Pediatric Center of Excellence in Nephrology

Dr. Denburg’s research is focused on bone and mineral metabolism in childhood kidney diseases, including chronic kidney disease, glomerular disease, and urinary stone disease. Her research includes translational work in vitamin D-mediated innate immunity as well as vitamin D metabolism. She is co-leading a project with Dr. Furth to identify novel biomarkers for chronic kidney disease progression in children. She developed the Pediatric Glomerular Disease Learning Health System. The goal of this Learning Health System is to serve as a sustainable resource for comparative effectiveness research, quality improvement, and ultimately clinical trials.

Faculty

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Benjamin Laskin, MD

Co-Director of Pilot and Feasibility Program
Division of Nephrology, Pediatric Center of Excellence in Nephrology, Quality Improvement for the Transplant Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Pilot and Feasibility Program

Benjamin Laskin, MD, is a pediatric nephrologist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Laskin’s research interests center on infections and kidney disease in immunosuppressed children, including those receiving a bone marrow or solid organ transplant. He serves as the clinical operations director for the Division of Nephrology, an EPIC electronic health record clinical champion, and the medical director for Quality Improvement for the Transplant Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

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Jeffrey Fadrowski, MD, MHS

Co-Director of Pilot and Feasibility Program
Division of Nephrology at Johns Hopkins, Pediatric Center of Excellence in Nephrology
Pilot and Feasibility Program

Jeffrey Fadrowski, MD, MHS, is a specialist in pediatric nephrology and epidemiology at Johns Hopkins whose career has focused on the study of the impact of environmental toxicants on chronic kidney disease and its progression in children. His research interests in end-stage kidney disease, chronic kidney disease, estimation of glomerular filtration rate, and vaccines complement his study of the impact of environmental toxicants and kidney disease. He is also the associate program director of the Pediatric Residency at Johns Hopkins.

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Erum Hartung, MD, MTR

Co-Director of Enrichment Program
Kidney/Liver Program, Pediatric Center of Excellence in Nephrology, Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Program
Enrichment Program

Erum Hartung, MD, MTR, is co-director of the Combined Kidney/Liver Program at CHOP. Her research focus is in genetic kidney diseases, particularly polycystic kidney disease. Her research focus is developing new imaging biomarkers for kidney disease in children. Dr. Hartung serves on the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation’s Science Advisory Committee.

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Meredith Atkinson, MD, MHS

Co-Director of Enrichment Program
Division of Nephrology at Johns Hopkins, Pediatric Center of Excellence in Nephrology
Enrichment Program

Dr. Atkinson has a broad background in the areas of research study design, data management, and statistical analysis. She has successfully collaborated on multiple research projects examining clinical outcomes for children on dialysis and with chronic kidney disease, anemia in children with chronic kidney disease, and the association between vitamin D deficiency and anemia.