Advocacy: Making an Impact on Pediatric Healthcare

Eileen D. Brewer, MD is an internationally known expert in pediatric kidney disease, dialysis, transplantation and hypertension. She currently is Professor of Pediatrics and former Head of the Pediatric Renal Section at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Brewer is known for her pioneering work on adapting peritoneal and hemodialysis for children. She has been the medical director of pediatric dialysis units at two institutions and is currently the medical director of kidney transplant at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, which is now one of the largest pediatric kidney transplant programs in the nation. Dr. Brewer’s clinical research career has focused on children with rare renal tubular disorders, kidney bone and mineral disorders and end stage kidney disease, including participation in many multicenter clinical trials. Dr. Brewer has been recognized nationally for her advocacy for children with kidney disease and her contributions to service in the field of nephrology. She has served and continues to be active on many committees of national medical organizations focused on public policy and healthcare payment. She is the current Chair of the AAP Committee on Coding and Nomenclature and the AAP alternate representative to the AMA Relative Value Update Committee. Additionally, she was a co-Chair of a seminal NIH Task Force on chronic kidney disease in children in 2002 and has served on multiple CMS technical expert panels for pediatric quality and payment for end stage kidney disease. Dr. Brewer has been a tireless and effective advocate for children with kidney disease at CMS and with public officials on Capitol Hill, working with both the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology (ASPN) and the Renal Physicians Association. She is past president of the ASPN and long-time member and past chair of the ASPN Public Policy Committee. In the last 15 years, she was active with OPTN/UNOS as committee member, committee chair and board member, ensuring that pediatrics is represented and has priority in the national transplant system. Dr. Brewer is a recipient of the ASPN Founder’s Award for unique and lasting contributions to Pediatric Nephrology, the Baylor College of Medicine Master Clinician Award for faculty contributions to patient care, and the AAP Henry L. Barnett Award for lifetime achievement in pediatric nephrology for teaching, clinical care and advocacy.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define advocacy and know why advocacy is important for improving healthcare quality and availability for children.
  2. Identify key steps toward becoming an advocate for pediatrics.
  3. Recognize opportunities to start advocating for pediatric healthcare.


  • Eileen D. Brewer, MD

This seminar was delivered as a Pediatric Grand Rounds Lecture at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, on February 15, 2023.

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