NKF Recognizes Excellence in Kidney Care at Annual Meeting

doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000415984.33619.92
National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD—The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) celebrated contributions to nephrology with the presentation of awards here at the foundation's 2012 Spring Clinical Meetings.

* Ravi Thadhani, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, was selected to give the Shaul G. Massry Distinguished Lecture, which was established to honor Shaul G. Massry, MD, for his scientific achievements and contributions to the kidney health care community, including the National Kidney Foundation. Dr. Thadhani's current work focuses on therapeutic strategies to alleviate the symptoms of preeclampsia and prolong pregnancy, as well as on interventions such as vitamin D and related analogs to prevent cardiovascular disease and infection in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). His lecture was called “Translating Biology and Observations into Human Trials: The New Era of CKD–MBD [Chronic Kidney Disease–Mineral and Bone Disorder].”

* Gerald B. Appel, MD, was recognized with the Donald W. Seldin Distinguished Award, which is given for excellence in clinical nephrology in the tradition of teacher and researcher Donald W. Seldin, MD. Dr. Appel, whose career has centered on the care and welfare of patients with glomerular disease, is Director of Clinical Nephrology at Columbia University Medical Center, Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Codirector of the Center for Glomerular Diseases at Columbia University. He also has directed a number of courses, including Columbia's Annual Update and Intensive Review of Internal Medicine, the institution's postgraduate course on Renal Biopsy in Medical Diseases of the Kidney, and the Glomerulonephritis Update presented during the American Society of Nephrology's Renal Week, now called Kidney Week.

* Bryan Becker, MD, MMM, Assistant Vice President for Health Affairs at the University of Illinois, received the Garabed Eknoyan Award for promotion of the NKF mission to improve the lives of people with kidney disease. Dr. Becker's work has focused on combining policy and care innovation to deliver better patient outcomes. He remains a clinician and used that experience during his time as NKF President and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Becker also has been involved in local, regional, and national committees, including review panels of the National Institutes of Health and measure development committees for the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality.

* Andrew Levey, MD, was recognized with the David M. Hume Memorial Award for scholarship and humanitarianism. Dr. Levey is the Dr. Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, Chief of the William B. Schwartz Division of Nephrology at Tufts Medical Center, Senior Scientist at the Jean Mayer US Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, and Professor of Clinical Research at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts. His research interests include the epidemiology of chronic kidney disease and of cardiovascular disease in patients with CKD, controlled trials to slow the progression of chronic kidney disease, and clinical assessment of kidney function. Dr. Levey also is Director of the NKF Center for Clinical Practice Guideline Development and Implementation at Tufts Medical Center, and he was Chair of the NKF Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI) Work Group on Chronic Kidney Disease: Evaluation, Classification, and Stratification and the KDOQI Work Group on Hypertension and Antihypertensive Agents in Chronic Kidney Disease.

* Jonathan Himmelfarb, MD, Director of the Kidney Research Institute, the Joseph W. Eschbach Endowed Chair in Kidney Research, and Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington, was selected to give the J. Michael Lazarus Lecture, which was created to honor J. Michael Lazarus, MD, for his contributions to clinical science and patient care, and to recognize individuals whose research has yielded novel insights on renal replacement therapy. Dr. Himmelfarb's current areas of research focus include oxidative stress and inflammation in chronic kidney disease, biomarkers of cardiovascular risk in kidney disease, dialysis vascular access, and mechanisms of proteinuria.

* Nathan W. Levin, MD, was the recipient of the Joel D. Kopple Award for significant contributions to the field of renal nutrition. Dr. Levin founded the Renal Research Institute, an organization dedicated to advancing treatment options for patients on dialysis. He has held offices in many professional societies, including his roles as President of the Renal Physicians Association (RPA) and the RPA Research and Education Foundation, and as Cochair of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation Hemodialysis Reuse Committee and the NKF KDOQI. Among Dr. Levin's most prominent scientific achievements are his work on the Hemodialysis (HEMO) study, Choices for Healthy Outcomes in Caring for ESRD (CHOICE) Study, and the Frequent Hemodialysis Network (FHN) randomized trials, the NKF noted.

In addition, the National Kidney Foundation presented the International Distinguished Medal to four individuals in recognition of their clinical work, roles in academia, scientific discoveries, or volunteer work in organizations similar to the NKF:

* Jianghua Chen, MD, is Chief of the Kidney Disease Center, First Affiliated Hospital, College of Medicine, Zhejiang University; Associate Director of the Key Laboratory of Combined Multiorgan Transplantation, Ministry of Public Health; and Director of the Zhejiang Province Branch of the Chinese Medical Association.

* Raymond Krediet, MD, PhD, who retired in October 2010, remains involved in research, academia, and various organizations. Dr. Krediet served as Head of the Department of Nephrology at the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam, as well as President of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis and of the European Union of Medical Specialists Specialty Section in Nephrology.

* Philip Kam-Tao Li, MD, is Chief of Nephrology and Consultant Physician in the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Hong Kong and Honorary Professor of Medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Dr. Li also serves on the Council of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis, the Board of Directors for Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO), and the Steering Committee for World Kidney Day.

* Peter Stenvinkel, MD, PhD, is Professor and Senior Lecturer in the Division of Renal Medicine at Karolinska University Hospital/Huddinge, as well as a member of the Council of the International Society of Nephrology. His work has focused on inflammation, wasting, and metabolism in patients with chronic kidney disease.

The NKF Professional Councils also recognized excellence in the field with award presentations at the Spring Clinical Meetings.

Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP):

* Dolph Chianchiano, JD, MPA, recently retired Senior Vice President, Health Policy and Research, National Kidney Foundation; Nostradamus Award.

* Marty Bergman, MS, RD, PA-C, Carolina Kidney Associates; Tim Poole Memorial Award.

Council of Nephrology Nurses and Technicians (CNNT):

* Patricia Vaughan, BSN, RN, CNN, Acute Hemodialysis Nurse Manager, Little Company of Mary Hospital, Evergreen Park, IL; Leadership Award.

* Becky DeLaCruz, RN, CHN, CNN, Global Hemodialysis Marketing Manager, Baxter; Distinguished Service Award.

Council of Nephrology Social Workers (CNSW):

* Sandra Coorough, ACSW, LCSW, NSW-C, Phoenix Children's Hospital; Robert W. Whitlock Lifetime Achievement Award and Award for Social Work in a Pediatric Setting.

* Jennifer Miller, LICSW, NSW-C, DaVita, New Hope, MN, and Renata Sledge, MSW, LCSW, Renal Advantage, Fairview Heights, IL; Merit Award.

* Amy Elaine Stoll, MSW, CISW, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics; New Worker Award.

* Gloria Lozano Ramos, MSW, MPA, Fresenius Medical Care, East Los Angeles; Regional Social Work Award–Region V.

Council on Renal Nutrition (CRN):

* Chhaya Patel, MA, RD, CSR; Recognized Renal Dietitian.

* Sara Colman-Carlson, RD, CDE; Susan C. Knapp Excellence in Education Award.

* Micki (Mary) Misiaszek, RD, LDN; Recognized Renal Dietitian–Region I.

* Deborah J. Burt, RD, CSR; Recognized Renal Dietitian–Region II.

* Jennifer M. Kernc, RD, CSR, LD; Recognized Renal Dietitian–Region III.

* Mary Rockwell, RD, CSR, LD; Recognized Renal Dietitian–Region IV.

* Madelyn Koontz, RD, LD; Recognized Renal Dietitian–Region V.

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