About the Section on Nephrology

​​Section on Nephrology

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The Section on Nephrology (SONp) welcomes all Academy members who are actively involved in some aspects of the care of infants, children and adolescents with nephrology conditions and who are interested in contributing toward the mission of the Section. Activities focus on developing physician education, providing technical expertise in policy and publication development, and supporting advocacy initiatives.  

To improve the care of infants, children, and adolescents with disorders of the kidneys and urinary tract in children by:

  • Providing an educational forum for the discussion of problems and treatments relating to disorders of the kidneys and urinary tract in children;

  • Stimulating research in, and the teaching of, nephrology;

  • Disseminating knowledge of nephrology through Academy channels to the medical profession at large;

  • Act to stimulate interest in pediatric nephrology among medical students and pediatric residents

To serve in a consulting capacity to the Board of Directors of the Academy and to make recommendations for programs, policy statements, and other actions on matters relating to Nephrology.​

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Key Areas of Work


  • Amplify the pediatric subspecialty advocacy voice on both federal and state levels regarding issues such as access to care, workforce, training, education, research, payment and other areas specifically of interest to pediatrics and pediatric nephrology.


  • Develop leadership skills and assume leadership positions within your subspecialty by serving on Internal Committees and Editorial Boards such as PREP Nephrology, PREP, AAP Grand Rounds, Pediatrics and Pediatrics in Review. Section members are eligible for these opportunities.
  • Represent the AAP and section at external meetings.
  • Engage pediatric nephrology training fellows in the section activities and opportunities, including a position on the Executive Committee.


  • The Section Executive Committee has worked collaboratively with the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology and meets in conjunction with the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting.
  • Members may be invited to review draft policy from other AAP committees, councils and sections and/or external organizations.


  • Nominate yourself or a colleague in the section when a position on the PREP Nephrology Editorial Board becomes available. A subscription discount is available for section members.
  • Serve as faculty for nephrology related educational programs for general pediatricians at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition and Practical Pediatrics conferences.
  • Recognize colleagues through the Henry L. Barnett Award for outstanding teaching and clinical care in pediatric nephrology.
  • Receive a bi-annual newsletter with information and articles for the pediatric nephrologist.

What has the Section on Nephrology done lately?

  • Developed a course that assists in meeting MOC part 4 requirements. The Education in Quality Improvement for Pediatric Practice module to improve identification & management of hypertension (EQIPP: Hypertension) includes tracks for the subspecialist and general pediatrician. The course is included with AAP membership ($199 for nonmembers), helps satisfy MOC Part 4 requirements, and helps programs satisfy QI requirements. For more information: http://bit.ly/hypertensionQI
  • Developed and launched a pediatric nephrology workforce survey that will be instrumental in future workforce planning and advocacy. The results of the survey were published in the article, "The US Pediatric Nephrology Workforce: A Report Commissioned by the American Academy of Pediatrics" in the July, 2015 edition of the American Journal of Kidney Disease (AKJD).
  • Collaborating with the Section on Urology and Section on Radiology in the development of a clinical report on urinary tract dilatation.
  • Collaborating with the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology and National Kidney Foundation to develop parent educational content related to pediatric nephrology.
  • A pediatric nephrologist has been appointed to the AAP Committee on Coding and Nomenclature and as the AAP alternate representative for the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN)/United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).

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