For the past 27 years, the National Kidney Foundation has honored some of the nation’s leading kidney disease researchers, clinicians, patient advocates, government officials and corporate partners.
This year, Glenn M. Chertow, MD, has been selected as the recipient of the foundation’s highest honor, the 2018 David M. Hume Memorial Award, which was named after one of the foundation’s most distinguished members. According to a press release from the foundation, this award is reserved for a distinguished scientist-clinician in the profession of kidney and urologic diseases who exemplifies high ideals of scholarship and humanism in an outstanding manner. Chertow, a professor of medicine at Stanford University and chief of Stanford University School of Medicine’s division of nephrology, has been the author or co-author on more than 500 peer-reviewed manuscripts, with critical findings spotlighting acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease, end-stage renal disease and associated complications.
Krista L. Lentine, MD, PhD, has been selected as the recipient of the Dr. Shaul Massry Distinguished Lecture, established to honor Massry for his scientific achievements and contributions to the kidney health care community and to the NKF. Lentine, a professor of medicine and medical director of living kidney donation at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital, is a clinical scientist whose work is grounded in novel integration and application of national registries, administrative claims data and other electronic health information.
Lesley A. (Stevens) Inker, MD, MS, has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Garabed Eknoyan Award, which was created to recognize individuals who have promoted the NKF’s mission to better the lives of patients with kidney disease through contributions to key initiatives. Inker is an attending physician and the director of the Kidney and Blood Pressure Center in the William B. Schwartz, MD, Division of Nephrology at Tufts Medical Center and is an associate professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. Her research has established her as an expert in the implementation of estimated glomerular filtration rate by clinical laboratories, as well as an expert in estimating and measuring kidney function.