Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health Welcomes Pediatric Nephrologist to Lead Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program at Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital

Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital is proud to welcome pediatric nephrologist Namrata G. Jain, M.D., as Medical Director of Pediatric Kidney Transplant. She will be working in close collaboration with Kenneth Lieberman, M.D., chief of Pediatric Nephrology, as well as physicians across the hospital’s more than 30 pediatric subspecialties.

Following her previous success growing the pediatric transplant program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Dr. Jain brings a wealth of experience to New Jersey to continue to expand the Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health pediatric kidney transplant program at Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Jain is committed to clinical research that improves quality outcomes for her patients and has co-authored numerous publications in high-impact journals. She is principal investigator for a Pediatric Nephrology Research Consortium study and an active participant in several multicenter research consortiums.

“Dr. Jain’s training and work in medical research establishes her as a leading expert in the area, and this expertise will ensure that our pediatric patients with renal failure can access the latest,

evidence-based care,” said Judy Aschner, M.D., physician-in-chief for Pediatrics, Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health. “Working with our collaborative team of experts, she elevates the work of our kidney transplant program which this year has already performed a record number of transplant surgeries in children.”

“I believe a physician should be at the forefront of research in order to deliver compassionate, expert care,” said Kenneth Lieberman, M.D. section chief, division of Pediatric Nephrology. “We welcome Dr. Jain who holds these things close to her heart in her practice of medicine. We look forward to the continued growth of the pediatric transplant program under her leadership.”

“Providing clinical excellence and advancing medical research go hand-in-hand with providing surgical expertise. The addition of Dr. Jain to the team helps us to continue evolving into the excellent, comprehensive, state-of-the art transplant center that will be the destination center for children and adolescents with chronic kidney disease in the state of New Jersey,” said Michael J. Goldstein, M.D., FACS, director of Abdominal Organ Transplant at Hackensack University Medical Center’s Division of Organ Transplantation.

Board certified in pediatrics and pediatric nephrology, Dr. Jain specializes in treating a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Acute kidney injury
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract
  • Electrolyte disordersEnd-stage kidney disease
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Hematuria
  • Hypertension
  • Hydronephrosis
  • Kidney biopsy
  • Kidney stones
  • Kidney transplant
  • Lupus nephritis
  • Prenatal consultations
  • Proteinuria
  • Renal tubular acidosis

“Dr. Jain’s research, experience and expertise means that we will continue to provide advanced kidney care to our youngest patients,” said Mark D. Sparta, FACHE, president and chief hospital executive, Hackensack University Medical Center, and executive vice president of Population Health, Hackensack Meridian Health.

About Dr. JainDr. Jain earned her medical degree from New York Medical College. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Children’s Memorial Hospital (now Lurie Children’s Hospital) / Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, and a fellowship in pediatric nephrology and transplant at Boston Children’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School. She is fluent in English and Assamese, and proficient in medical Spanish.

“At the heart of my practice is the fact that I think of all my patients as ‘my children.’ I, myself, have two young kids. I want parents to know that, with each medication and procedure I recommend, I am trying to put myself in their shoes,” said Dr. Jain. “I understand that it can be scary to be referred to a specialist and I aim to take the time needed to explain all the details. I welcome questions from parents and want to make sure I am always providing the care each child deserves.”