Jodi M Smith, MD, MPH

Jodi M Smith, MD, MPH

Nephrology, Transplant Center, Fetal Care and Treatment Center, Dialysis, Apheresis, Kidney Transplant

On staff since August 2002

Children's Title: Medical Director, Kidney Transplant; Associate Center Director and Medical Director of the Research Integration Hub

Academic Title: Professor, Pediatrics; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research, Center for Immunity and Immunotherapies

  • Biography

    Jodi M. Smith, MD, MPH, is an attending physician at Seattle Children’s and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Smith is a graduate of McGill University Medical School and Pediatric Residency. She graduated from our fellowship program with a MPH degree in 2002 and is Medical Co-Director of the Kidney Transplantation Program.

    This year she will also be going to outreach clinics in Alaska. Her research focuses on viral complications in solid organ transplantation – both those with clinical manifestations and more occult infections associated with allograft dysfunction. Results of a major prospective study report her findings that subclinical CMV and EBV infections are associated with decreased long-term renal allograft function in pediatric renal transplant recipients. Her ongoing research focuses on mechanisms of virus-induced allograft dysfunction. Dr. Smith’s research has a translational link, as it takes advantage of novel clinical diagnostics to survey for viruses (her primary K23 mentor was Dr. Corey, Head of the Virology Division in the UW Department of Laboratory Medicine) and donor-specific antibodies using solid-phase assays (with Dr. Karen Nelson of the Puget Sound Blood Center). Her research has also been funded by grants from the National Kidney Foundation, the American Society of Transplantation and Roche. Dr. Smith is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health and has been actively involved in mentoring all of the pediatric nephrology trainees in the clinical research pathway.

  • Patient Testimonials

  • Awards and Honors

    Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    SEATTLE TOP DOCTOR - 2022 Seattle Magazine 2022
    Seattle Top Doctor - 2019 Seattle Magazine 2019
    SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2018 Seattle Magazine 2018
    SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2015 Seattle Met Magazine 2015
    SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2014 Seattle Metropolitan Magazine 2014
  • Publications

    Other Publications

    • Staples AO, Greenbaum LA, Smith JM, Gipson DS, Filler G, Warady BA, Martz K, Wong CS
      Association Between Clinical Risk Factors and Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease in Children.
      20813855 Clinical journal of the American Society of Nephrology : CJASN, 2010 Sep 2
    • Smith JM, Corey L, Bittner R, Finn LS, Healey PJ, Davis CL, McDonald RA
      Subclinical viremia increases risk for chronic allograft injury in pediatric renal transplantation.
      20616168 Journal of the American Society of Nephrology : JASN, 2010 Sept. : 1579-86
    • Verghese PS, Smith JM, McDonald RA, Schwartz SM, Nelson KA, Warner PR
      Impaired graft survival in pediatric renal transplant recipients with donor-specific antibodies detected by solid-phase assays.
      20598090 Pediatric transplantation, 2010 Sep 1 : 730-4
    • Smith JM, Davis CL
      Screening for BK virus in pediatric renal transplant recipients.
      20598087 Pediatric transplantation, 2010 Aug. : 559-60
    • Smith JM, Jordan SC
      Intravenous immunoglobulin as treatment for BK virus: nephropathy.
      19077139 Pediatric transplantation, 2009 Feb. : 11-3
    • Staples AO, Wong CS, Smith JM, Gipson DS, Filler G, Warady BA, Martz K, Greenbaum LA
      Anemia and risk of hospitalization in pediatric chronic kidney disease.
      19056614 Clinical journal of the American Society of Nephrology : CJASN, 2009 Jan. : 48-56
    • Smith JM, Fine RN, McDonald RA
      Current state of pediatric renal transplantation.
      17981538 Frontiers in bioscience : a journal and virtual library, 2008 Jan 1 : 197-203
    • Smith JM, Dharnidharka VR, Talley L, Martz K, McDonald RA
      BK virus nephropathy in pediatric renal transplant recipients: an analysis of the North American Pediatric Renal Trials and Collaborative Studies (NAPRTCS) registry.
      17702713 Clinical journal of the American Society of Nephrology : CJASN, 2007 Sept. : 1037-42
    • Smith JM, Corey L, Healey PJ, Davis CL, McDonald RA
      Adolescents are more likely to develop posttransplant lymphoproliferative disorder after primary Epstein-Barr virus infection than younger renal transplant recipients.
      17565314 Transplantation, 2007 Jun 15 : 1423-8
    • Smith JM, Stablein DM, Munoz R, Hebert D, McDonald RA
      Contributions of the Transplant Registry: The 2006 Annual Report of the North American Pediatric Renal Trials and Collaborative Studies (NAPRTCS).
      17493215 Pediatric transplantation, 2007 June : 366-73
    • Smith JM, Wong CS, Salamonik EB, Hacker BM, McDonald RA, Mancl LA, Williams BJ, Ibrahim A, Roberts FA
      Sonic tooth brushing reduces gingival overgrowth in renal transplant recipients.
      16937132 Pediatric nephrology (Berlin, Germany), 2006 Nov. : 1753-9
    • Smith JM, McDonald RA
      Emerging viral infections in transplantation.
      17032433 Pediatric transplantation, 2006 Nov. : 838-43
    • Smith JM, Rudser K, Gillen D, Kestenbaum B, Seliger S, Weiss N, McDonald RA, Davis CL, Stehmen-Breen C
      Risk of lymphoma after renal transplantation varies with time: an analysis of the United States Renal Data System.
      16436959 Transplantation, 2006 Jan 27 : 175-80
    • Debley JS, Smith JM, Redding GJ, Critchlow CW
      Childhood asthma hospitalization risk after cesarean delivery in former term and premature infants.
      15765737 Annals of allergy, asthma & immunology : official publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, 2005 Feb. : 228-33
    • Smith JM, McDonald RA
      Renal transplantation in adolescents.
      15844392 Adolescent medicine clinics, 2005 Feb. : 201-14
    • Smith JM, McDonald RA, Finn LS, Healey PJ, Davis CL, Limaye AP
      Polyomavirus nephropathy in pediatric kidney transplant recipients.
      15575916 American journal of transplantation : official journal of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, 2004 Dec. : 2109-17
    • Smith JM, Nemeth TL, McDonald RA
      Current immunosuppressive agents in pediatric renal transplantation: efficacy, side-effects and utilization.
      15367279 Pediatric transplantation, 2004 Oct. : 445-53
    • Smith JM, Nemeth TL, McDonald RA
      Current immunosuppressive agents: efficacy, side effects, and utilization.
      14710781 Pediatric clinics of North America, 2003 Dec. : 1283-300
    • Finn LS, Symons JM, Smith JM
      Nephrotic syndrome in the newborn.
      14655207 American journal of kidney diseases : the official journal of the National Kidney Foundation, 2003 Dec. : 1318-23
    • McDonald RA, Smith JM, Stablein D, Harmon WE
      Pretransplant peritoneal dialysis and graft thrombosis following pediatric kidney transplantation: a NAPRTCS report.
      12756045 Pediatric transplantation, 2003 June : 204-8
    • Smith JM, Ho PL, McDonald RA
      Renal transplant outcomes in adolescents: a report of the North American Pediatric Renal Transplant Cooperative Study.
      12453202 Pediatric transplantation, 2002 Dec. : 493-9
    • Smith JM, Jones F, Ciol MA, Jelacic S, Boster DR, Watkins SL, Williams GD, Tarr PI, Henderson WR Jr
      Platelet-activating factor and Escherichia coliO157:H7 infections.
      12478356 Pediatric nephrology (Berlin, Germany), 2002 Dec. : 1047-52


Board Certification(s)

Pediatric Nephrology

Medical/Professional School

McGill University, Montreal, QC
University of Washington School of Public Health, Seattle, WA


Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA

Research Description

My research involves the studying the role of subclinical viral infections in the development of kidney transplant dysfunction in pediatric recipients.

Research Focus Area

Epidemiology, Infectious Disease