Pediatric Nephrology Fellow
Pediatric Nephrology, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford
Vaka Kristin Sigurjonsdottir, M.D. is a Pediatric Nephrology Fellow at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Dr. Sigurjonsdottir completed medical school at the University of Iceland and pediatric residency at University of Connecticut. She is involved in research in the field of pediatric renal transplantation and is currently pursuing a PhD degree. Limited data is available in the field and most centers differ in their approach to care. The pediatric kidney transplant team at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, is the national transplant volume leader with unsurpassed outcomes. Dr. Sigurjonsdottir is investigating outcomes in children who were transplanted at Stanford over the last decade. Her findings suggest that, children who develop de novo donor specific antibodies (dnDSAs) by C1q are at increased risk of allograft loss. Persistent C1q+ dnDSA in particular is associated with highest risk. Results show that dnDSAs by C1q were highly responsive to therapy. Dr. Sigurjonsdottir have long been interested in pursuing an academic career as a pediatric nephrologist with a focus on renal transplantation and plans to continue to be a part of the academic society.