Please join me in congratulating Lesley Inker as the 2018 recipient of the National Kidney Foundation’s Garabed Eknoyan Award. The award, established in 2002, recognizes an individual who has promoted the mission of the National Kidney Foundation in making lives better for people with kidney disease through exceptional contributions to key initiatives of the NKF such as the Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI) or clinical research in the field of kidney disease.
Lesley will receive the award during the NKF’s Spring Clinical Meetings (SCM18) which will be held in Austin, TX in April 2018.
Please join us in congratulating Ron Perrone, MD for receiving the Lillian Jean Kaplan International Prize at the recent International Society of Nephrology meeting in Mexico City.
The Lillian Jean Kaplan International Prize was established through the generosity of the family of Thomas and Dafna Kaplan, in honor of Mr. Kaplan's late mother Lillian Jean Kaplan who died of the PKD and was created to stimulate interest in advancing PKD research and to recognize those who have increased our understanding and treatment of PKD through basic or clinical scientific research, leading to new treatments and a cure for PKD The ISN collaborates closely with the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation (USA) on this Prize. This Prize is given at the ISN’s biennial meetings.
The Lillian Jean Kaplan International Prize for Advancement recognizes individual(s) whose seminal scientific work constitutes tangible achievement toward improving knowledge and treatment of PKD. The awardee(s) receive a citation depicting the winner’s work and a sculpture along with presenting a lecture during the World Congress of Nephrology.
Daniel Weiner, MD, MS was named Chair of the ASN Quality, Patient Safety and Clinical Practice Committee and a member of the ASN Executive Committee. He previously was the Chair of the ASN Quality Metrics Task Force and remains ASN's representative to Kidney Care Partners. The Quality Committee is tasked with leading ASN's efforts on regulatory issues, including the ESRD Prospective Payment System, the ESRD Quality Incentive Program, and the Quality Payment Program being implemented following MACRA, and is developing ASN's approach to novel care models for nephrologists that will benefit kidney disease patients.
Scott Gilbert, MD was named Chair of the ASN Workforce and Training Committee and a member of the ASN Executive Committee. The Workforce and Training Committee is charged with developing, implementing, evaluating, and continuously improving initiatives for students, residents, fellows, and other trainees. It defines training requirements for nephrologists, promotes improvements to training programs, and cultivates interest in kidney medicine, research, and education. The Executive Committee reports directly to ASN Council on the goals and mission of the organization. Dr. Gilbert’s appointment is for 5 years.
Congratulations to Dr. Pranav Garimella, Research Fellow, on receiving TWO awards for the poster he presented at the American College of Cardiology 65th Annual Scientific Session and Expo in Chicago.
The poster entitled “Temporal trends and complications associated with lower limb revascularization in patients on hemodialysis” received both the Best Poster AND Best Fellow in Training Poster awards!
Congratulations to Dr. Andy Levey on another wonderful honor!
Dr. Levey has been elected to the American Association of Physicians after being nominated by Anthony Monaco, PhD, MD, President of Tufts University and Jerry Kassirer, MD, Distinguished Professor Tufts University School of Medicine. Andy will be inducted at the Annual Meeting in Chicago.
Membership in the prestigious Association of American Physicians is a great honor. Members have included Nobel laureates, and members of the National Academy of Science and the Institute of Medicine. The Association continues to serve as a repository of the best medical minds and as a forum to promote friendship, to create and disseminate knowledge, and to provide role models for upcoming generations of physicians and medical scientists.
According to its website “The Association of American Physicians is a nonprofit, professional organization founded in 1885 by seven physicians, including Dr. William Osler, for “the advancement of scientific and practical medicine.” Now the Association is composed of over 1300 active members and approximately 600 emeritus and honorary members from the United States, Canada and other countries. The goals of its members include the pursuit of medical knowledge, and the advancement through experimentation and discovery of basic and clinical science and their application to clinical medicine. Each year, individuals having attained excellence in achieving these goals, are recognized by nomination for membership by the Council of the Association. Their election gives them the opportunity to share their scientific discoveries and contributions with their colleagues at the annual meeting.”
World Kidney Day
Tufts Medical Center William B. Schwartz Division of Nephrology participated in the 11th annual World Kidney Day on March 10, 2016. Visiting professor John Gill, MD, MS Associate Professor at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, BC and former Tufts Medical Center William B. Schwartz Division of Nephrology Fellow presented "Living Kidney Donation" at the 10th Annual John T. Harrington Grand Rounds on March 9th. He also presented "Transplantation in the Elderly" at the Division of Nephrology’s Research Conference on Thursday at 4pm.
For more information about World Kidney Day, please visit www.worldkidneyday.org or www.kidney.org and follow @worldkidneyday on Twitter. To learn more about Tufts Medical Center, William B. Schwartz Division of Nephrology, please visit tuftsmedicalcenter.org/kidney.
Dr. Navdeep Tangri, a former research fellow in the William B. Schwartz Division of Nephrology, in collaboration with Drs. Levey, Inker and Sarnak, recently published international validation of the work Dr. Tangri started when he was a fellow at Tufts MC. The article entitled Multinational Assessment of Accuracy of Equations for Predicting Risk of Kidney Failure: A Meta-analysis was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association last week. JAMA 2016;315(2):164-174
The equation, first devised in 2011 using data from Canadian patients, provided an easy, reliable way to predict the likelihood that any patient with chronic kidney disease would later develop kidney failure. This publication expands that early work to roughly 700,000 patients with kidney disease from 30 countries and shows that the equation is a reliable predictor of kidney failure in patients around the world.
In addition to validating the equation, the researchers have designed smartphone and computer apps, as well as an online calculator, to help encourage health-care professionals, especially those in primary care, to use the equation.
Dr. Tangri is now a doctor and researcher at Seven Oaks General Hospital and an associate professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba.
A recent paper in the New England Journal of Medicine authored by the Chronic Kidney Disease Prognosis Consortium (including Dr. Andrew S Levey, Chief of the Division of Nephrology at Tufts MC) introduced a new paradigm for the evaluation of living kidney donor candidates, which incorporates demographic and health factors for long-term risk of kidney failure in the absence of donation. These factors can be entered into a web-based calculator, which provides an estimate of the 15-year risk and life-time risk for developing kidney failure in the absence of kidney donation, which can help clinicians and donor candidates by providing a more comprehensive and objective assessment of donor risk than current practice based on the assessment of single risk factors.
Learn more about kidney donation at Tufts MC >
In recognition of PKD Awareness Day (Thursday, September 3), Tufts MC’s Division of Nephrology is excited to announce the FDA's recent Draft Guidance on TKV as a qualified biomarker for use in clinical trials for ADPKD. TKV is the third clinical biomarker to be qualified by the FDA, and the first imaging biomarker. The Division's Dr. Ron Perrone spearheaded this effort along with the Polycystic Kidney Disease Outcome Consortium and the PKD Foundation. The Guidance is the culmination of vision, experience, and a ton of hard work. A full press release of this announcement may be found here >
A CJASN study by members of the Tufts MC nephrology team examined factors predicting response vs. nonresponse to satisfaction surveys given to dialysis patients found that race other than black, missed or shortened treatments, more hospital days, and lower serum albumin all independently predicted nonresponse.
Congratulations to Dr. Scott Gilbert for his reception of the Dr. Jack Mitus Special Faculty Recognition Award from Tufts University School of Medicine!
This award commends one faculty member who has demonstrated an exceptional dedication to teaching, a commitment to academic scholarship, and a concern for the general well-being of medical students. The award was established in 1981 by the senior class of Tufts University School of Medicine. In 2008, with the collaboration with the friends and family of Dr. Jack Mitus, Tufts renamed the newly endowed Special Faculty Recognition Award in honor of Dr. Mitus' legacy of outstanding teaching.
Tufts Medical Center William B. Schwartz Division of Nephrology was thrilled to participate in the 10th annual World Kidney Day on March 12, 2015. Committed to kidney disease education and research, the Division celebrated this year’s theme “Kidney Health for All” with visiting professor Joachim Ix, MD, MAS, FASN Chief of Nephrology and Professor of Medicine at University of California, San Diego. Dr. Ix’s research focuses on “understanding mechanisms by which alterations in glucose and mineral metabolism contribute to cardiovascular disease risk among persons with kidney disease.
Dr. Ix will presented his talk, "Calcium and Phosphate in Chronic Kidney Disease: Insights into their Associations with Cardiovascular Disease" at the Department of Medicine Grand Rounds on March 12th at noon in the Tufts Medical Center Wolff Auditorium. Additionally, Dr. Ix presented "Update in CKD Biomarkers: An Opportunity for a Broader Assessment of Kidney Health" at the Division of Nephrology’s Research Conference.
Dr. Ron Perrone assumed the role of Scientific Director of the Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) effective December 1, 2014. A longstanding and highly-valued colleague to many on our campus, Dr. Perrone has a wide-ranging interest in translation of basic science discoveries to clinical medicine. Starting with a laboratory focused on epithelial transport, he now focuses on clinical research in polycystic kidney disease and the role of total kidney volume as a biomarker in response to clinical therapies. Presently, Dr. Perrone serves as the chair of the scientific advisory committee for the Mayo Translational PKD Center and as a member of the scientific advisory committee for the Baltimore PKD Center. He served as site PI and member of the steering committee for both the TEMPO 210 and 251 studies of tolvaptan in ADPKD and the NIDDK-sponsored HALT PKD studies. Dr. Perrone has extensive experience in clinical trials design and performance and oversight of research activities, and we look forward to experienced leadership as we build capacity to conduct multi-site clinical trials in Tufts CTRC.
Dan Weiner, MD was promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.
Pranav Garimella, MD a fellow in the Nephrology Department recently had his abstract “Association of Serum Erythropoietin with Cardiovascular Events, Kidney Function Decline and Mortality: the Health ABC” selected as one of the Top Oral Abstracts by Trainees for the ASN Kidney Week 2014 Annual Meeting, November 13-16 in Philadelphia, PA.
Madhumathi Rao, MD, FRCP(E) was promoted to Associate Professor (unmodified: Clinician/Investigator) in the Department of Medicine (primary) and the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine (secondary) at Tufts University School of Medicine. Starting on October 1st, Madhu will be the Medical Director at DCI Walden Pond. Dr. Klemens Meyer will be Associate Medical Director.
Debbie Mitchell-Dozier, RN, a nurse in the Division of Nephrology at Tufts Medical Center was named one of six NATIONAL winners of a highly-prestigious 2014 Nurse.com nursing excellence GEM Award, in the Home, Community and Ambulatory care category.
Debbie, who received accolades for her selflessness in donating a kidney to a Virginia pastor last year, was selected from numerous nominations from nine regions across the country. She is Tufts Medical Center’s first national winner.
The other Nurse.com nursing excellence GEM Award categories are Advancing and Leading the Profession; Clinical Nursing, Inpatient; Education and Mentorship; Patient and Staff Management; and Volunteerism and Service.
Chief of the Division of Nephrology Andrew Levey, MD was the senior author of a paper about chronic kidney disease, which was published online in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association on Tuesday, June 3. Director of Quality Improvement Lesley Inker, MD, MS also contributed to the paper. The study, "Decline in Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate and Subsequent Risk of End-Stage Renal Disease and Mortality," suggests that developing therapies for kidney disease can be quicker by adopting a new, more sensitive definition of kidney disease progression.
The Division of Nephrology has been named among the top 10 centers in the world for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) care by Expertscape. Expertscape uses “objective algorithms” to identify the most experienced medical institutions.
Debbie Mitchell-Dozier, RN was named a regional finalist for the 2014 New England Nurse.com Nursing Excellence GEM Award in the Home, Community and Ambulatory Care category!
This honor means that Debbie is one of three home, community and ambulatory nurses from the New England region vying to be named the New England regional winner. The regional winner will then be the New England representative for the national program from which a national Nurse of the Year award will be given.
Dan Weiner, MD was appointed the Co-Chair for the 2015 National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meeting Program Committee, which also means he is the Chair (designate) for the 2016 National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meeting Program Committee. Dr. Weiner is currently a member of the 2014 NKF Spring Clinical Meeting Program Committee.
Klemens B. Meyer, MD on received the Tufts University School of Medicine’s Distinguished Faculty Award! This award is faculty-initiated, and recognizes individuals who have made “outstanding contributions to Tufts University School of Medicine and have brought distinction to him/herself in teaching, scholarship and service. Distinguished Faculty are gifted teachers who can lead and inspire students to achieve the best that is within themselves and demonstrate excellence of leadership and superior teaching that serves as a standard for the entire Faculty. They have also achieved national and international leadership positions in the research on all aspects of human health and disease, and who continue to make important advances in their own fields. And, finally play a significant role in the academic life of the Institution, in his/her profession, and in the myriad activities with service to patients and associates.
Visiting Professor Kai-Uwe Eckhardt, MD Professor of Medicine & Chair of Department of Nephrology and Hypertension at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany participated in the Division’s annual meeting of Tufts University School of Medicine-affiliated nephrology programs to discuss ongoing research. He will meet with faculty, review fellows’ presentations and present a Research Conference on “Renal hypoxia in polycystic kidney disease” on Thursday, March 13 at 5 PM, 6th floor 35 Kneeland St. He will also give the annual Harrington Lecture at Medical Grand Rounds on Friday, March 14th at 12 noon in Wolff Auditorium on “Getting a handle on CKD – an observational approach”. All are invited to attend.
Nephrology Division members volunteered at the National Kidney Foundation’s KEEP Healthy – Free Kidney Health Check which is The National Kidney Foundation's community-based initiative to educate about the kidneys, risk factors for kidney disease, and steps to take to keep kidneys healthy and reduce risk. The KEEP was open to everyone and will be held March 13th, from 2 PM – 6 PM at the Camfield Estates 85 Lenox Street in Boston, MA.
Debbie Mitchell-Dozier, RN was accepted as a recipient for the 2014 New England Regional Black Nurses Association, Inc. Excellence in Nursing Award. The NERBNA publically recognize Black Nurses who consistently excel in their profession and specialty areas. Congrats Debbie!
At the April 2014 NKF Spring Clinical Meeting, Dr. Mark J. Sarnak will be delivering the Shaul G. Massry Distinguished Lecture. He joins a long list of distinguished lecturers. The Massry Lectureship was established to honor Dr. Shaul G. Massry for his scientific achievements and his contributions to the kidney health care community and to the National Kidney Foundation.
At the same meeting, Dr. Ronald D. Perrone will receive the Donald W. Seldin Distinguished Award which recognizes excellence in clinical nephrology in the tradition of one of the foremost teachers and researchers in the field, Dr. Donald W. Seldin. Dr. Perrone joins an elite group with whom he shares this honor.
Dr. Katrin Uhlig will be the recipient of the Garabed Eknoyan Award. This award was created to recognize an individual who has promoted the mission of the National Kidney Foundation in Making Lives Better for people with kidney disease through exceptional contributions to key initiatives of NKF such as the Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI) or clinical research in the field of kidney disease. Previous recipients of this award include Andrew S. Levey, MD the Chief of the William B. Schwartz Division of Nephrology.
The awards will be bestowed on the recipients at the 2013 NKF Spring Clinical Meeting being held April 22-26 in Las Vegas, NV.
At the conclusion of the 2013 Dialysis Clinic, Inc. (www.dciinc.org) Annual Meeting in St. Pete’s Beach, FL, it was announced that DCI Ball Square, in Somerville MA, has won DCI’s 2013 Darwin Peterson Award for its home dialysis program. This annual award goes to the home dialysis program with the highest overall quality throughout DCI. It was also announced that DCI Boston, located on the 5th floor of 35 Kneeland Street, was one of only 7% of DCI hemodialysis facilities to win the highest of DCI’s Star Awards, a 4 star award for having 1) many arteriovenous fistulae, 2) few central venous catheters, 3) high hemodialysis doses and 4) many hemoglobin values in the target range.
Drs. Gilbert and Sarnak received notable teaching citations from the TUSM students on the medicine clerkship.
We extend our congratulations to Andrew S. Levey, MD , Chief of the William B. Schwartz Division of Nephrology at Tufts Medical Center, who has been named as the 2013 recipient of the American Society of Nephrology’s Belding H. Scribner Award. He joins a long list of distinguished honorees whose life work has altered the clinical practice of nehprology. The Belding H. Scriber Award is presented annually to one or more individuals who have made outstanding contributions that have a direct impact on the care of patients with renal disorders or have substantially changed the clinical practice of nephrology. Established in 1995, this award honors the physician who developed the arteriovenous shunt that first made long term hemodialysis for chronic renal failure possible.
Chief of the Division of Nephrology Andrew S. Levey, MD was one of two recent recipients of Boston University’s Distinguished Alumni Award. The award, which recognizes the highest level of service to community, alma mater and profession, is the highest distinction the BU College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences bestows upon its alumni. Levey graduated from Boston University School of Medicine in 1976.
The Division of Adult Nephrology at Tufts Medical Center is pleased to announce the opening of its Kidney Function Evaluation Clinic, directed by Dr. Lesley Inker. GFR will be measured using plasma clearance of iohexol. GFR will also be estimated using both creatinine and cystatin C and a report is sent describing the different GFR values and our interpretation of them.
A GFR measurement is useful as a confirmatory test for GFR estimated from serum creatinine. For example, it may be useful in patients who will be undergoing chemotherapy with agents that are cleared by the kidneys. Stevens and colleagues describe some circumstances where measured GFR would be helpful as a confirmatory test.
Congratulations to former Research Fellow Nav Tangri, current Division members Lesley Inker, Katrin Uhlig and Andy Levey and their colleagues on their publication entitled Risk Prediction Models for Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease: A Systematic Review in this month's Annals of Internal Medicine.
On March 14th World Kidney Day will be celebrated around the globe in over 150 countries. Kidney diseases affect around 600 million people - approximately one in ten people. This year, World Kidney Day focuses on Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) “Stop Kidney Attack!” in an effort to raise awareness of AKI and stimulate discussion, education and policy development leading to improved prevention and treatment of this major public health across the globe. More information about World Kidney Day and the importance of your kidneys can be found at http://www.worldkidneyday.org
The Division of Nephrology will be celebrating World Kidney Day with the following events:
Visiting Professor Josef Coresh, MD, PhD, the G.W. Comstock Professor of Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Medicine; Director, George W. Comstock Center for Public Health Research and Prevention; and the Director, Cardiovascular Epidemiology Training Program at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore MD will participate in the Division’s annual meeting of Tufts University School of Medicine-affiliated nephrology programs to discuss ongoing research. He will meet with faculty, review fellows’ presentations and present a Research Conference on “Rightsizing CKD Research in the Consortium Era” on Thursday, March 14 at 4:30 PM, 6th floor 35 Kneeland St. He will also give the annual Harrington Lecture at Medical Grand Rounds on Friday, March 15th at 12 noon in Wolff Auditorium on “Chronic Kidney Disease — A Challenge for All Ages.” All are invited to attend.
Nephrology Division members will volunteer at the National Kidney Foundation’s KEEP, Kidney Early Evaluation Program, a free health screening program to detect kidney disease. The KEEP is open to everyone and will be held March 14, from 9 AM to 1 PM at the Roxbury YMCA 285 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Watch Dr. Andrew S. Levey, Chief of the Division of Nephrology and Lesley A. Inker, MD discuss the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)'s consideration of new endpoints for clinical trials in chronic kidney disease patients. This new approach has come about as a result of our recent leadership of, and analysis of data presented at the NKF and FDA Conference on Alternative Endpoints for Clinical Trials on December 3-4 in Baltimore.
Dr. Perrone was an investigator in the TEMPO Study and author on the study results published on November 3 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Dr. Meyer was interviewed for an article on changes in treating anemia in dialysis patients and the resultant increase in blood transfusions. The article entitled CMS Analysis Shows Spike in Transfusion Rates was written by Michelle Hogan and published in the October issue of Nephrology Times.
Congratulations to Dr. David Drew (nephrology fellow) on receiving a fellowship research grant from the American Society of Nephrology. The 2-year project will study FGF-23, ADMA-cognitive impairment in hemodialysis patients.
Dr. Perrone , Associate Chief of the Division, has been appointed as the Region 1 Representative on the OPTN/UNOS Kidney Transplant Committee. His term on the committee begins this year and will end in June 2014. This appointment continues a long history of Ron serving on UNOS committees.
Congratulations to Drs. Inker and Levey along with their colleagues who published an article entitled " Estimating Glomerular Filtration Rate from Serum Creatinine and Cystatin C " in the July 5th edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Congratulations to Dr. Dana Miskulin for being promoted to Associate Professor of Medicine at TUSM!
The ESRD Network of New England just reported its Vocational Rehabilitation statistics for the Year 2011 and DCI Boston has 48.3% of its patients employed full- or part-time as compared to only 27.3% of dialysis patients in Massachusetts and 25.7% in all of New England! When you include the number of patients attending school full- or part-time, DCI Boston exceeds 50% (actual number 51.7% as compared to 31.5% in MA and 29.2% in New England ). These statistics are evidence of the great work the DCI Boston staff and Kathy Murray, its social worker, do to help patients on dialysis lead productive lives!
Congratulations to Dr. Andrew S. Levey for his publication in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association entitled “ Comparison of Risk Prediction Using the CKD-EPI Equation and the MDRD Study Equation for Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate ”.
Congratulations to the DCI Somerville Home Dialysis Program. They received the following awards given at the recent 12th Annual PD Quality Initiative and Home Hemodialysis Meeting held in Nashville TN:
Award of Excellence for Increasing PD Utilization
Award of Excellence for Improved Infection Rates
2nd place in the poster competition for their poster on using digital photographs to document exit site infections. This effort was a quality improvement project and collaboration between the home dialysis staff and nephrology fellows.
Congratulations to Dr. Scott J. Gilbert for receiving his 9th Excellence in Teaching Award from the Senior Class of Tufts University School of Medicine. The award will be presented at the Senior Dinner on May 16th at the Boston Marriott Copley Hotel.
DCI Boston, the outpatient dialysis facility affiliated with Tufts Medical Center has the second highest proportion of native vein arteriovenous fistulae in the state at 78.2%. Only 9 of the 68 hemodialysis facilities in the state had fistula rates exceeding 70%. The national goal established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is 66%. Our results reflect hard work by everyone participating in the care of CKD and dialysis patients, including the patients themselves, clinic support staff, patient care technicians, nurses, interventional radiologists, surgeons and nephrologists.
Drs. Uhlig and Levey published an editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine entitled " Developing Guidelines for Chronic Kidney Disease: We Should Include All of the Outcomes ".
Andrew S. Levey, MD , Chief of the William B. Schwartz Division of Nephrology and Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine is the 2012 recipient of the David M. Hume Award from the National Kidney Foundation . The David M. Hume Memorial Award was created in memory of one of the National Kidney Foundation's most distinguished members. The Hume Award is the highest honor given to a distinguished scientist-clinician in the field of kidney and urologic diseases. It is bestowed upon an individual who exemplifies the high ideals of scholarship and humanitarianism in an outstanding manner.
Congratulations to Dr. Dan Weiner for receiving a 2012 Tufts CTSI Pilot Studies Grant for his project studying Brain Perfusion and Cognitive Function in Hemodialysis: Effects of Acute Hemodynamic Changes. Dan was awarded a Catalyst Development Grant which will provide him with critical planning and preliminary study support.
Congratulations to Amy Earley and Drs. Miskulin , Levey and Uhlig for their publication in Annals of Internal Medicine entitled Estimating Equations for Glomerular Filtration Rate in the Era of Creatinine Standardization: A Systematic Review.
Dr. Lesley A. Inker has been promoted to Associate Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.
The editorial home of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases will remain in Boston after the editorial staff was awarded a 2nd 5-year term. Drs. Levey and Weiner wrote the editorial entitled " Staying Put, but Not Standing Still " describing the team's plans for the next 5 years.
Medscape published its Top 10 Game Changers in Nephrology for 2011 and the paper written by Drs. Upadhyay, Uhlig and Haynes along with Ms. Earley on blood pressure goals ranked 6 out of 10 !
On December 14, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reported on the performance of dialysis facilities under the ESRD Quality Incentive Program for Payment Year 2012. CMS developed the ESRD QIP to be the nation's first pay-for-performance (also known as "value-based purchasing") quality incentive program as mandated by the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA). The three dialysis facilities directed by Tufts Medical Center nephrologists, DCI Boston, DCI Ball Square and DCI Walden Pond in all received 30 out of a possible 30 points. This performance reflects the high standards set by Tufts Nephrology and by the staff of Dialysis Clinic, Inc. Based on this achievement, these facilities will not see any reduction in their payments. Possible reductions in payment based on the ESRD QIP score are as high as 2%.
Boston magazine recognized Drs. Levey, Perrone and Sarnak as Boston's Best Doctors in the December issue. Other colleagues from the Tufts Kidney community recognized included transplantation doctors Cooper and Rohrer along with pediatric nephrologist Dr. Milner. This recognition is an outstanding achievement and a testament to the sterling reputation of our doctors and the high-quality care they provide to their patients.
Dr. John Harrington received the Laureate Award from the Massachusetts Chapter of the of Physicians on Saturday, November 19th. The Laureate Award is the most prestigious award given at the local level. It honors Fellows or Masters of ACP who have demonstrated, by their example and conduct, an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education or research, and in service to their community, their chapter, and the American College of Physicians.
Congratulations on a job well done to The Kidney Recruiters, from DCI Somerville. They won 3rd prize in the DCI 40 Acts of Service competition.
The Kidney Recruiters organized both a project and event for high school students to help raise awareness of kidney donation. The team worked with the students and staff at the Center for Career and Technical Education at Somerville High School. The team provided kidney disease and transplantation educational material to teachers for presentation to their students. After receiving the education, the students were asked to work individually and create a moving and informative poster or essay.
On April 26th 2011, The Kidney Recruiters hosted a program at the school that included doctor and patient speakers as well as videos on transplantation. The room was filled with approximately 80 students who sat captivated by the speakers who shared their own personal and professional experience with kidney disease and transplantation. The second part of the program was the announcement of the winners for the essay and poster project on the theme of kidney donation awareness. There was an excellent response with over 40 student entries.
The event was filmed by the local television network and has aired numerous times on Somerville Cable TV to benefit others in the community regarding the importance of kidney donation. The Kidney Recruiters received $2,000 to use toward educational purposes. The “40 Acts of Service Celebrating 40 Years of Care” was a creative way to bring DCI’s mission to life. The objective was to engage employees in creative service projects to impact the community and the renal patient’s quality of life. The 44 Acts were diverse and wide reaching. From establishing renal food sections within food banks, raising money for Camp Okawehna and the local kidney foundations, developing a patient fund, creating a mentor program, registering organ donors, and planting the seeds of education, the Acts provided tangible benefits to the renal community for years to come. While the Acts were designed to benefit the community, it is apparent that teams also benefited from the teamwork and community relationships that developed.
Dr. Levey published an article on kidney donation in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases with Susan Hou (a former Tufts MC Nephrology Fellow) and Gabe Danovitch. In the article, the authors outlined what we they thought were the donor’s and team’s obligations and responsibilities in a complex series of decisions. Two of the three authors have donated kidneys to unrelated recipeints so they have a unique perspective which they share in the article.
Dr. Levey published an article and its accompanying appendix on Chronic Kidney Disease in the August 15th edition of the Lancet. The article highlights advances in CKD care, many of which are based on research by Division members.
Congratulations to three Division members who have been recognized as “Top Doctors” on the U.S. News & World Report website . Drs. Levey , Perrone and Sarnak were all listed as Top Doctors. Dr. Perrone was further honored with the distinction of ranking among the top 1% in the nation in nephrology.
Effective July 1, Dr. Meyer is the President of the Forum of End-Stage Renal Disease Networks (a national organization). He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Forum of End-Stage Renal Disease Networks since 2006. He also represents the Forum Board on the United States Renal Data System External Advisory Committee and also the Fistula First Breakthrough Initiative.The Forum is a not-for-profit organization that comprises the 18 regional End-Stage Renal Disease Networks that are responsible for coordinating care for patients with kidney failure throughout the US. The Forum’s mission is to provide support to the ESRD Networks in promoting and improving the quality of care of ESRD patients. Their mission is achieved through education and the collection, analysis, and dissemination of data and information.
Dr. Balakrishnan won an Attending Teaching Award from the Tufts Medical Center housestaff at the annual end of the year banquet.
Congratulations to Drs. Tangri, Stevens , and Levey for their recent publication in the Journal of the American Medical Association. A predictive model for progression of chronic kidney disease to kidney failure. JAMA 2011;305(15):1553-9.
Dr. Gilbert will receive an Excellence in Teaching Award from the Senior Class of Tufts University School of Medicine at the Senior Dinner on Wednesday, May 18th at the Boston Marriott Copley Hotel. This marks the 8th year in a row that Dr. Gilbert has received this award from the Senior class.
Debbie Mitchell-Dozier, RN is the April Tufts Medical Center Saltonstall Employee Excellence Award recipient. She was nominated by her colleagues in the Kidney and Blood Pressure Center, where she is the clinic nurse. The Saltonstall Award recognizes 1 employee each month who exemplifies the Tufts iCARE 12 tenets, who stands out among their peers as an excellent service provider, who goes above and beyond the scope of their position, and who demonstrates a commitment to team work both in and out of their departments.
Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Business Operations Manager, and the Division of Nephrology were honored with the Patriot Award Certificate of Appreciation. Debbie Mitchell-Dozier, the Kidney and Blood Pressure Center clinic nurse and also an Active U.S. Army Reservist, applied for the award to be given because she has always found the Nephrology department quite accommodating when it came to her meeting her military obligations. The Certificate of Appreciation is awarded by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) along with a Patriot lapel pin on behalf of the Department of Defense. All members of the National Guard and Reserve forces are eligible to nominate their employers for the Patriot Award certificate. This nomination is subsequently used by the local ESGR Committee as the basis for consideration to receive higher level awards.
Four members of the Division of Nephrology published a systematic review in the Annals of Internal Medicine this month. Drs. Updahyay, Haynes, and Uhlig with their colleague Amy Earley found that setting lower blood pressure goals for patients with chronic kidney disease isn't supported by the available evidence.
In addition, their study was featured in a video on www.TheDoctorsChannel.com which offers short, educational, HD videos that get right to the point.
Dr. Meyer, President-elect of the Forum of ESRD Networks, was a co-author of a final report advising CMS to delay CROWNWeb national deployment. The Forum had been engaged in an analysis of progress on CROWNWeb since May 2010 including sending CMS a preliminary report, conducting further data collection and analysis, and reviewing the information by all Networks. On a February 23, 2011, conference call with all ESRD Network Executive Directors, CMS announced that as a result of internal deliberations and community comment, the deployment schedule would in fact change.
Dr. Mark Sarnak was awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health. The 5-year study is entitled The Aging Kidney: Chronic Injury, Impaired Functions and Clinical Outcomes.
Drs. Levey , Stevens , and Tangri published an editorial entitled Classification of Chronic Kidney Disease: A Step Forward in the January edition (Ann Intern Med 2011;154:65-7) of the Annals of Internal Medicine .
Dr. Andrew Levey will be honored at the National Kidney Foundation's Spring on the Park Gala on April 1, 2011 at the Four Seasons Boston. Andy will be recognized for his long-term passion and dedication to the kidney community, as well as his demonstrated commitment to furthering the mission of the National Kidney Foundation. This special evening will include more than 300 of Boston’s prominent corporate and private citizens, medical professionals, appointed and elected officials, and community leaders coming together in support of the National Kidney Foundation and it’s programs of prevention, education, and research.
We hope that you can join us for this wonderful event to celebrate Andy’s contributions to the patients and nephrology community. For those who may not be able to attend, other opportunities to acknowledge Andy and support the NKF are available through Kathy Russell in the NKF office at Kathleen.Russell@kidney.org .
Drs. Balakrishnan, Gilbert , and Sarnak were recognized by the third year medical class for their teaching in the medical clerkship at Tufts Medical Center. The students identified Dr. Gilbert for accomplished teaching and Drs. Balakrishnan and Sarnak for their notable teaching.