Sandra Amaral

Co-Principal Investigator CKiDs, Steering Committee Member

Dr. Sandra Amaral is the Director of the Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She graduated from the Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University School of Medicine. She completed Pediatrics residency at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and a fellowship in Pediatric Nephrology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Harriet Lane Kidney Center. She also holds a Masters of Health Science degree in Biostatistics and Clinical Epidemiology from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Amaral also serves as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Nephrology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a Senior Scholar in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania.


Dr. Amaral’s clinical and research career is focused in kidney transplantation. Her clinical and research efforts are centered on improving the everyday health and well-being of children and young adults with kidney disease. Her study designs include clinical trials and cohort studies, and her research ranges from studies that test the applications of innovative mobile health technologies to engage patients in their treatments, translational studies to detect novel urinary biomarkers of early transplant complications and qualitative studies to better understand the daily challenges that patients face coping with chronic illness and navigating complex healthcare systems.

For PEPR, Dr. Amaral is a Co-PI for the chronic kidney disease project at CHOP (CKiDs). 

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