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Professor Pediatric Nephrology
Emory University, Emory Children's Center
2015 Uppergate Drive, NE
Atlanta, GA 30322
404-727-5750; Fax: 404-727-8213

   Larry Greenbaum

Larry Greenbaum is Division Director of Pediatric Nephrology and the Marcus Chair of Pediatric Nephrology at the Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta. He is also the Director of Pediatric Nephrology at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. He received his MD and PhD degrees from the Yale School of Medicine, and completed a residency in Pediatrics and a fellowship in Pediatric Nephrology at the UCLA School of Medicine. He is engaged in a variety of clinical research studies. Since joining the ASPN, Dr. Greenbaum has served as a member the Workforce Committee and the Practice Management Committee. In addition, Dr. Greenbaum is currently the Past-chair of the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Nephrology and serves on the nephrology section of the American Board of Pediatrics.


Associate Professor
Department of Pediatrics
University of Iowa Children's Hospital
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA  52242-1089
319-384-3090; Fax: 319-384-3050

   Patrick Brophy

Patrick Brophy MD, MHCDS is a Professor of Pediatrics and Surgery at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. He also has cross-appointments for the University of Iowa graduate interdisciplinary program in informatics and the Department of Surgery. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine in 1994, his Pediatric residency from the University of Manitoba in 1998 and completed his Pediatric Nephrology fellowship at the University of Michigan in 2001. He serves as the Division director of Pediatric Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation and Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship director at the University of Iowa and Vice Chair of Clinical Innovation in the Stead Family Dept. of Pediatrics. He has a Masters in Healthcare Delivery Sciences from the Tuck Business School/The Dartmouth Institute at Dartmouth College. He is involved with global health initiatives through the Issa Trust Foundation and national ones through the high value healthcare collaborative. He founded the UI eHealth and eNovation Center and is an Assistant VP for eHealth and Innovation for UI healthcare.


His research focus includes funded (NIH and industry) basic, translational and clinical projects. He has a variety of collaborative projects ongoing, including a long-standing membership in the ppCRRT/ppAKI-RG. His basic research focus is on developmental nephrology with special focus on genetics/renal injury, gene therapy and metabolomics. He is the Co-Chair of the child health core for the University of Iowa’s CTSA. He is currently the Chair of the ESRD network 12 MRB and the Chair for the American Board of Pediatrics - Nephrology sub-boards. He is the secretary for the Midwest Society for Pediatric Research and has served on the research and program committee on behalf of the ASPN.


Michael JG Somers, MD
Director, Clinical Services
Boston Children’s Hospital
300 Longwood Ave.
Boston, MA 02115-5737
617-355-6129; Fax: 617-730-0569

   Michael Somers

Michael J.G. Somers, MD is the Clinical Director of the Division of Nephrology, Boston Children’s Hospital as well as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Somers received his M.D. from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed his pediatric residency training at the Mayo Clinic. He served in the National Health Service Corps as a general pediatrician and then completed fellowship training in pediatric nephrology at Boston Children’s Hospital where he has subsequently remained, serving for many years as the medical director of the Renal Dialysis Unit. In addition to research initiatives in nephrotic syndrome, dialysis, and transplantation, Dr. Somers has also spearheaded his division’s quality programs and served on national quality measure endorsement committees. He has also served on committees for UNOS, ESRD Network One, and ASN and currently is a member of the nephrology section of the American Board of Pediatrics. With ASPN, he has been chair of both the Clinical Practice and Public Policy Committees.


Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical
3333 Burnet Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039

   Stuart Goldstein

Dr. Goldstein is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Director of the Center for Acute Care Nephrology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He received his MD degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his pediatric residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and his pediatric nephrology fellowship at Children's Hospital, Boston. His clinical research interests in maintenance dialysis and acute kidney injury have led to over 100 peer reviewed publications and resulted in his appointment to KDOQI hemodialysis adequacy, vascular access and pediatric nutrition guideline work groups and the KDIGO International Acute Kidney Injury Guideline work group. He also participates as a Board Member of the NAPRTCS, and served as the first Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee to the Forum of ESRD Networks, of which he also is a Board Member. He has been active on the ESRD Network of Texas and the Renal Network for medical review boards for the past 10 years. His current main research foci include AKI epidemiology and outcomes, acute renal replacement therapy provision and investigation of novel urinary AKI biomarkers in the pediatric population. He has a strong record of interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration, evidenced by his establishment and directing of the Prospective Pediatric Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (ppCRRT) Registry and its success as well as collaboration with critical care physicians, cardiologists and emergency medicine physicians to study AKI in their populations. The ppCRRT is now transforming into an international research consortium focused on acute kidney injury, the Prospective Pediatric Acute Kidney Injury Research Group (ppAKI-RG). He has been an active member of ASPN's Clinical Practice Committee and Public Policy Committee for the past 6 years. He has also represented the ASPN ASPN representative to the Acute Kidney Injury Network, the CMS Clinical Technical Expert Panel for Pediatric Hemodialysis and Anemia, and the AMA-PCPI. 



Director, Pediatric Hypertension Program
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Emory University
2015 Uppergate Dr. NE
Atlanta, GA  30322
404-785-1963; Fax: 404-785-9071

   Donald Batisky

Don Batisky is a member of the Division of Pediatric Nephrology at the Emory University School of Medicine and Director of the Hypertension Program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in Atlanta, GA. He received his MD degree from the Medical College of Ohio School of Medicine, and completed a residency in Pediatrics at Columbus Children’s Hospital/The Ohio State University and a fellowship in Pediatric Nephrology at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center/The University of Tennessee, Memphis. He is engaged in a variety of clinical research studies related to hypertension in children, including an NIH-funded study of executive function and neurocognitive outcomes of children with hypertension in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Rochester, SUNY-Downstate and University of Texas, Houston. He has been active in the International Pediatric Hypertension Association and has served as Education Chair since 2008, and in that role serves on the Program Planning Committees of the Pediatric Academic Societies and the American Society of Hypertension annual meetings. He participated with a group that prepared an EQIPP course on hypertension for generalists and specialists with the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is passionate about medical education and holds a position at the Emory University School of Medicine as a small group advisor in the Osler Society. He also serves as Executive Director of PreHealth Mentoring at the Emory College of Arts & Sciences, as a member of the School of Medicine Curriculum Committee, the Department of Pediatrics’ Mentoring Committee, and he interviews for the Admissions Committee.


Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard
 1st Floor Main Building
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4301
215-590-4155; Fax 215-590-3705

  Kevin Meyers

Kevin E. C. Meyers, MB.,B.Ch, FCP (SA), DTM&H, FASN received his medical degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He completed his Pediatric Residency both in Johannesburg [FCP(SA)] and at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He also completed his Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship at CHOP and the University of Pennsylvania. He is an elected fellow of the American Society of Nephrology (FASN). He is currently a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine and Associate Division Chief of Nephrology as well as Clinical Director and Fellowship Director of Nephrology at CHOP in Philadelphia, PA. His main areas of clinical and research interest include nephrotic syndrome, secondary causes of pediatric hypertension, accelerated cardiovascular disease in children with chronic kidney and other chronic diseases, and cardiovascular outcomes in pediatric transplantation. He serves on a number of local and national committees and boards. He is a reviewer for numerous scientific journals. His professional goals are to provide the very best possible care for children with kidney disease and/or hypertension. In order to achieve this he encourages the broadest partnerships possible and fosters networking to increase novel means of communication. He wants to continue to shape the future of our specialty by promoting greater awareness, increasing desirability of pediatric nephrology as a career path and by seeking better remuneration for our work-product. His own career exemplifies his unique and comprehensive functioning as a clinical pediatric nephrologist, renal transplant and dialysis nephrologist, clinical teacher and clinical researcher.


Professor of Pediatrics
University of Minnesota Medical School
East Building, 6th Floor, MB678
2450 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612-626-2922; Fax: 612-626-2791



   Blanche Chavers

Blanche Chavers is a Professor of Pediatrics and Clinical Research Medical Director, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She received her MD degree form the University of Washington in Seattle where she also completed her residency in Pediatrics. She completed a pediatric nephrology fellowship at the University of Minnesota. She has authored more than 130 peer reviewed publications. She has been an active member of the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology for more than 20 years and has served on the ASPN Public Policy and Bioethics committees, and the Guidelines task force. She serves on the External Advisory Committee for the multicenter CKiD study. Her research has focused on health outcomes of children undergoing kidney transplantation and on the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease in children with chronic kidney disease.


Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Director, Kidney Transplant
Children’s National Medical Center
David M. Rubenstein Child Health Bldg
1.5-100 West Wing
111 Michigan Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
202-476-5058; Fax: 202-476-3475

   Asha Moudgil

Dr. Moudgil is the Professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Director of the transplant program at Children National Medical Center. She received her MD degree from India and completed her pediatric residency and fellowship in pediatric nephrology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, University of California Los-Angeles. Her clinical research interests include long-term issues related to pediatric transplant recipients and innovative therapies in steroid resistant nephrotic syndrome. She has authored over 80 peer reviewed publications. She has been an active member of ASPN’s Clinical Affairs and Practice Management Committee and Nomination Committee, Counselor and executive committee member of the pediatric community of practice of American Society of transplant physicians, member of special studies committee of NAPRTCS and has represented ASPN at the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse.


Associate Professor
Duke University Medical Center
T Level Room 0909, Children’s Health Center
2200 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27710
919-684-4246; Fax: 919-684-6616


   Rasheed Gbadegesin

Rasheed Gbadegesin, MBBS, MD is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Professor in Medicine at the Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina. He received his medical degree (MBBS) from the College of Medicine University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He completed a research degree (MD) at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. He did his residency training at the University College Hospital Ibadan, Nigeria and Fellowship in Pediatric Nephrology at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Manchester UK and the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. His research interest is in using different genetics and genomic tools to understand the molecular pathogenesis of nephrotic syndrome and other kidney diseases and he is funded by NIH and numerous foundations. He is a standing member of the NIH/NIDDK KMBD study section and served as an ad hoc study section members in other NIH study sections and international grant awarding bodies in the United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Italy and Singapore. He is currently a member of the ABP pediatric nephrology sub-boards and has served as a member of ASPN research committee. Dr Gbadegesin was elected into the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) in 2016.


Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Seattle Children’s Hospital
4800 Sand Point Way NE, OC.9.820
Seattle, WA 98105-0371
206-987-2524; Fax: 206-987-2636



   Jodi Smith

Jodi Smith received her Medical Degree from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. She completed her pediatric residency at McGill University and her Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship at the University of Washington. Jodi received a Master’s of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University Of Washington School of Public Health. Jodi is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington, School of Medicine. She is actively involved in clinical research in pediatric kidney transplantation. Her research focuses on the role of subclinical viral infection on chronic allograft nephropathy and has received funding from the NIH/NIDDK, the American Society of Transplantation, and the National Kidney Foundation. In addition, Jodi collaborates with other pediatric kidney transplant programs in NIH funded studies such as ‘Take-it’, focusing on improving adherence in the adolescent kidney transplant recipient, as well as numerous CCTPT studies. The common goal to all these efforts, both independent and collaborative, is to improve kidney transplant outcomes in the pediatric transplant population. At Seattle Children’s, she is the Medical Director of the Kidney Transplant program and the Pediatric Clinical Research Center. Nationally, she serves as the Senior Pediatric Staff Representative for the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). She is active in the American Society of Transplantation Pediatric Community of Practice and is currently a member of the Executive Committee. Jodi is a Board Member of NAPRTCS. In addition, Jodi serves as an Associate Editor for the journal, Pediatric Transplantation.


Washington Representative:
Cavarocchi*Ruscio*Dennis*Associates, L.L.C.
600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Suite 835W
Washington, DC 20024
202-484-1100; Fax: 202-484-1244

   Vice President:
   Erika Miller

Erika Miller has expertise in the intricacies of physician reimbursement and the appropriations process.  She is a co-author of a chapter entitled, "Lobbying the Appropriations Process" in the American Bar Association Lobbying Manual.  A New Jersey native, Erika worked in the office of Congressman Steve Rothman of New Jersey, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, where she handled immigration issues. Erika also worked in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health, where she monitored grant awards. Prior to joining CRD Associates, Erika worked at the lobbying firm of Broydrick & Associates representing health care interests. Erika received her law degree from The American University, where she was an editor of the Administrative Law Review. She earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Colgate University.


ASPN Central Office
American Society of Pediatric Nephrology
6728 Old McLean Village Drive
McLean, VA 22101
703-556-9222 (phone)
703-556-8729 (fax)

   Executive Director
   Connie Mackay

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