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​​​About ASN

Founded in 1966, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) has been leading the fight to prevent, treat and cure kidney diseases throughout the world by educating health professionals and scientists, advancing research and innovation, communicating new knowledge, and advocating for the highest quality care for patients.

ASN’s vision is to create a world without kidney diseases.  To accomplish this vision, the society strives to advance the work of kidney medicine by creating a stronger focus on kidney health including early intervention to prevent, diagnose, coordinate care, and education health professionals.

ASN is active in accelerating innovation and advancing kidney health and research via KidneyCure, the Kidney Health Initiative, and KidneyX.  ASN has and continues to take a leadership role in creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive pathway for advancing kidney health by identifying, confronting, and overcoming systemic racism in health care, science, and kidney medicine by achieving equity and eliminating disparities.

ASN educational tools and programs assertively communicate information about kidney medicine via curation of  content, continuing education, certification and recertification training and peer-reviewed literature. 

Lastly, ASN advocates for policies that empower patients and their care partners, the kidney care team, health systems, payers and other stakeholders with a role in kidney healthy by advancing policies through federal legislative and regulatory advocacy that promote kidney health, transform transplant and increase access to donor kidneys while championing health equity and elimination of disparities.

With over 20,000 members representing 132 countries, ASN strives to create a world without kidney diseases. To learn more about ASN’s strategic vision, mission, and goals, please visit