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Meredith Ann Atkinson, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

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  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

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  • Children's Center
  • Comprehensive Transplant Center


Pediatric Kidney Transplant, Pediatric Nephrology

Research Interests

Anemia in chronic kidney disease; End-stage kidney disease


Dr. Meredith Atkinson is an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She provides care for children with kidney problems of any type, including patients on peritoneal dialysis; patients with proteinuria, hematuria and chronic kidney disease; and kidney transplant recipients.

Dr. Atkinson spends a large portion of her time performing clinical research in the areas of chronic kidney disease and end-stage kidney disease in children. Specifically, her research interests include mechanisms and treatment of anemia in chronic kidney disease and racial disparities in patient outcomes. She is the recipient of numerous research grants and awards, including young investigator grants from the National Kidney Foundation, the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland, the Thrasher Research Fund and Amgen Inc.

She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Mount Holyoke College. She earned her M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She completed a residency in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins, followed by a fellowship in pediatric nephrology at Hopkins, completed in June 2007. During her fellowship training, Dr. Atkinson received a master’s degree in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Atkinson joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2007.

Dr. Atkinson serves on the Pediatric Section Committee of the Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition. She was elected to the Society for Pediatric Research. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the National Kidney Foundation and American Society of Pediatric Nephrology.


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  • National Kidney Foundation, 2006 - present
  • American Society of Nephrology, 2005 - present
  • American Society of Pediatric Nephrology, 2005 - present
  • Diplomate, American Board of Pediatrics, 2004 - present

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  • Education +


    • University of Rochester (Rochester NY ) (2001)


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Pediatrics (Baltimore MD ) (2004)


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Pediatric Nephrology (Baltimore MD ) (2007)


    • Pediatric Nephrology, American Board of Pediatrics (2015)
    • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics (2015)
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    Research Summary

    Dr. Atkinson studies chronic and end-stage kidney disease in children, focusing on the mechanisms and treatment of anemia as well as the biologic and systematic factors that account for disparities in patient outcomes. Some of her latest work has concentrated on unraveling the interplay between vitamin D levels, anemia and race. She is also working to understand treatment outcomes in anemia.

    Selected Publications View all on PubMed

    1. Atkinson MA, Kim JY, Roy CN, Warady BA, White CT, Furth SL. “Hepcidin and risk of anemia in CKD: a cross-sectional and longitudinal analysis in the CKiD cohort.” Pediatr Nephrol. 2014 Nov 8. [Epub ahead of print]
    2. Dahlinghaus EK, Neu AM, Atkinson MA, Fadrowski JJ. “Hemoglobin level and risk of hospitalization and mortality in children on peritoneal dialysis.” Pediatr Nephrol. 2014 Dec;29(12):2387-94. doi: 10.1007/s00467-014-2872-x. Epub 2014 Aug 10.
    3. Lestz RM, Fivush BA, Atkinson MA. “Association of higher erythropoiesis stimulating agent dose and mortality in children on dialysis.” Pediatr Nephrol. 2014 Oct;29(10):2021-8. doi: 10.1007/s00467-014-2820-9. Epub 2014 May 3.
    4. Atkinson MA, Melamed ML, Kumar J, Roy CN, Miller ER 3rd, Furth SL, Fadrowski JJ. “Vitamin D, race, and risk for anemia in children.” J Pediatr. 2014 Jan;164(1):153-158.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2013.08.060. Epub 2013 Oct 8.
    5. Atkinson MA, Pierce CB, Fadrowski JJ, Benador NM, White CT, Turman MA, Pan CG, Abraham AG, Warady BA, Furth SL. “Association between common iron store markers and hemoglobin in children with chronic kidney disease.” Pediatr Nephrol. 2012 Dec;27(12):2275-83. doi: 10.1007/s00467-012-2266-x. Epub 2012 Jul 27.

    Clinical Trials

    Vitamin D as a Modifier of Serum Hepcidin in Children with Chronic Kidney Disease

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    • Elected to the Society for Pediatric Research (SPR), 2014
    • Loan Repayment Award for Pediatric Research, NIH, 2009
    • Young Investigator Award, National Kidney Foundation, 2008
    • Harriet Lane Housestaff Fellow Teaching Award, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2008
    • Loan Repayment Award for Pediatric Research, NIH, 2007
    • Professional Development Award, National Kidney Foundation of Maryland, 2007
    • New Researcher Award, Thrasher Research Fund, 2007
    • Junior Faculty Research Award, Amgen Nephrology Institute, 2007
    • Pediatrics Departmental (NRSA) Training Grant Award, 2005 - 2006
    • Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Training Grant Award, 2004 - 2005

    Professional Activities

    • Pediatric Section Committee Member, Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition, Richmond, VA, 2009 - present
    • Advisory Group Member, Office of Women in Science and Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 2009 - present
    • Evaluation Liaison, Clinical Research, Training, Education and Career Development Program, 2009 - present
    • Transition Program Committee Member, Division of Pediatric Nephrology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 2006 - present
    • Camp All-Stars Staff, Division of Pediatric Nephrology Advocacy Program, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 2005 - 2006
    • Pediatric Residency Curriculum Committee Member, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 2002 - 2004
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