The American Health Council Appoints Dr. Sandra Amaral, MD, MHS, to the Physician Board

The American Health Council has warmly welcomed Dr. Sandra Amaral, MD, MHS, to its prestigious Physician Board. Accumulating 10 years working in healthcare and a wealth of education and experience, Dr. Amaral is recognized in her role as an Assistant Professor as The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Amaral first became involved in her profession growing up under the inspiration of her parents. Focusing her studies in Pediatric Nephrology, Dr. Amaral’s studies began with her completing her BA at Wesleyan University (College of Letters) in 1992. She later returned to education in 2000 where she attained her MD from the Medical College of Pennsylvania-Hahnemann University and her MHS in 2005 from the Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Amaral has also achieved Board Certification in General Pediatrics and Nephrology.

In her current capacity, Dr. Amaral has fulfilled the role of Assistant Professor at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for the past 5 years. Displaying expertise in healthcare education, public policy, transplantation, research, treatment adherence, transitions of care and health disparities, Dr. Amaral’s daily responsibilities consist of carrying out duties as the medical director of the pediatric kidney transplant program and medical director of the pediatric vascular composite allograft program. Also, as an NIH funded clinical researcher, Dr, Amaral is known for her efforts in conducting randomized clinical trials and retrospective cohort studies.

As one of the oldest hospitals in Philadelphia, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia strives to be the leader in healthcare by providing exceptional patient care, innovative research, and quality professional education. It is a facility that specifically caters to children employs the best healthcare professionals who not only treat their patients with the utmost care, but also promote preventative care. Preventative care and family involvement has earned the hospital a spot on the U.S News World Report’s Honor Roll as the nation’s best children’s hospital.

Services provided here include hospital planning and development, medical school planning and development, health care strategy, patient safety and quality improvement, patient services and research.

Looking back at her career to date, Dr. Amaral attributes her success to her passion for the field and her nature, being persistent and resilient. Extremely proud of her work, Dr. Amaral has had the opportunity to be involved in projects that truly make a difference such as her establishing a program known as “CHOP’edhop”; a cooking camp activity set up for children with kidney disease. The camp provides hands-on culinary training with education about healthy eating. Additionally, she is proud of her involvement in the adolescent focused kidney transplant transition clinic, working to help patients develop their healthcare self-management skills.

In regards to her professional accolades, Dr. Amaral is proud to have been the recipient of many awards throughout her career. These include receiving the Clinical Innovator Award from Emory University School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics in 2008 and the Golden Apple Honorable Mention Award for Healthcare Education, the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Health Education Expo in 2008. Other honours she holds in high esteem include being named a Healthcare Heroes Finalist, Physician Category, Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2010 and being selected to attend the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology Leadership Development Program in 2015.

In order to remain ahead in her profession, Dr. Amaral maintains membership with numerous professional associations including the American Society of Nephrology, the Quality Metrics Task Force Committee, the American Society of Transplantation, the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology in the role of Program Committee Co-Chair, Public Policy Committee as Chair, the International Pediatric Transplant Association and the International Pediatric Nephrology Association.

Looking to the future Dr. Amaral strives to advance clinical research in treatment adherence for youth with complex kidney or urological disease, and also aims to contribute with her research methods to medical knowledge in the field of pediatric vascular composite allograft transplantation.

Outside of work, Dr. Amaral partakes in hobbies such as reading, yoga, walking her dogs and spending time with her family. When possible she also commits her time to charity causes including Home Cook Heroes, Gift of Life Family House, UNOS Patent Affairs Committee and Dialysis Patient Citizens.

Sandra Amaral

MD, MHS

Attending Physician in CHOP’s Division of Nephrology and the Kidney Transplant and Dialysis Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

  • As one of the oldest hospitals in Philadelphia, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia strives to be the leader in healthcare by providing exceptional patient care, innovative research, and quality professional education.
  • It is a facility that specifically caters to children employs the best healthcare professionals who not only treat their patients with the utmost care, but also promote preventative care.
  • Preventative care and family involvement has earned the hospital a spot on the U.S News World Report’s Honor Roll as the nation’s best children’s hospital.

Source: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Professional Associations

  • The American Society of Nephrology
  • The Quality Metrics Task Force Committee
  • The American Society of Transplantation
  • The American Society of Pediatric Nephrology in the role of Program Committee Co-Chair, Public Policy Committee as Chair
  • The International Pediatric Transplant Association
  • The International Pediatric Nephrology Association.
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