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Medical Director of Kidney Transplantation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



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My Biography & Research


Jointly appointed in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension and the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center within the UC Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Hooper's aim is to improve clinical outcomes for pediatric kidney transplant recipients through research in personalized care and the design of reliable healthcare systems.

Dr. Hooper's research training includes a master's degree in clinical and translational research from the University of Cincinnati, in addition to advanced training in quality improvement methodology through the Quality Scholars in Healthcare Transformation program at Cincinnati Children’s.

Dr. Hooper founded and leads the Improving Renal Outcomes Collaborative, a learning health network of 25 kidney transplant programs nationally focused on combining clinical outcomes research with quality improvement to partner with patients and their caregivers to achieve health, longevity and quality of life equivalent to the general population.

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Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Nephrology and Hypertension, Kidney Transplant, Dialysis, End-Stage Renal Disease, Colorectal Disorders

Research Divisions

Nephrology and Hypertension

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My Education

MD: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2003.

Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2006.

Chief Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2007.

MS: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2010.

Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati Ohio, 2010; Quality Scholar in Healthcare Transformation, James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2011.

Certification: Pediatrics, 2006.

My Publications

Kidney transplant practice patterns and outcome benchmarks over 30 years: The 2018 report of the NAPRTCS. Martz, K; Smith, J; Neu, A; Dharnidharka, VR; Somers, M; Chua, A; Barcia, J; Hooper, D; Barletta, G; Turman, M; et al. Pediatric Transplantation. 2019; 23.

LDL-apheresis-induced remission of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis recurrence in pediatric renal transplant recipients. Shah, L; Hooper, DK; Okamura, D; Wallace, D; Moodalbail, D; Gluck, C; Koziell, A; Zaritsky, JJ. Pediatric Nephrology. 2019; 34:2343-2350.

Is anuria prior to pediatric renal transplantation associated with poor allograft outcomes?. Alam, Z; VanderBrink, BA; Brewer, N; Hooper, D; Tiao, G; Alonso, M; Nathan, J; DeFoor, WR; Sheldon, C; Reddy, PP. Pediatric Transplantation. 2019; 23.

Health-related quality of life in glomerular disease. Canetta, PA; Troost, JP; Mahoney, S; Kogon, AJ; Carlozzi, N; Bartosh, SM; Cai, Y; Davis, TK; Fernandez, H; Fornoni, A; et al. Kidney International. 2019; 95:1209-1224.

CureGN Study Rationale, Design, and Methods: Establishing a Large Prospective Observational Study of Glomerular Disease. Mariani, LH; Bomback, AS; Canetta, PA; Flessner, MF; Helmuth, M; Hladunewich, MA; Hogan, JJ; Kiryluk, K; Nachman, PH; Nast, CC; et al. American Journal of Kidney Diseases. 2019; 73:218-229.

Quality initiatives in pediatric transplantation. Kelly, B; Squires, JE; Feingold, B; Hooper, DK; Mazariegos, GV. Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation. 2019; 24:64-72.

Composite Health Outcomes in Pediatric and Young Adult Kidney Transplant Recipients. Taylor, VA; Kirby, CL; Nehus, EJ; Goebel, J; Hooper, DK. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2019; 204:196-202.

IGG3 anti-HLA donor-specific antibodies and graft function in pediatric kidney transplant recipients. Hamdani, G; Goebel, JW; Brailey, P; Portwood, EA; Hooper, DK; Girnita, AL. Pediatric Transplantation. 2018; 22:e13219-e13219.

Predicting health care utilization and charges using a risk score for poor adherence in pediatric kidney transplant recipients. Rich, KL; Modi, AC; Mara, C; Pai, AL H; Varnell, CD; Turnier, L; Huber, J; Hooper, DK. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. 2018; 6:107-116.

Durability of the hepatitis B vaccination in pediatric renal transplant recipients. Miller-Handley, H; Paulsen, G; Hooper, DK; Lake, M; Lazear, D; Danziger-Isakov, L. Clinical Transplantation. 2018; 32:e13247-e13247.