Recognition & Awards

The Garabed Eknoyan Award

The Garabed Eknoyan 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. The 2014 award recipient is Katrin Uhlig, MS, MS.

Katrin Uhlig, MS, MSKatrin Uhlig is the Director, Guideline Development at the Tufts Center for Kidney Disease Guideline Development and Implementation, Boston, MA, Associate Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, and a staff nephrologist at Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Uhlig completed her training in internal medicine, nephrology, and rheumatology in Germany (Aachen University Hospital and Munich University Hospital) and the USA (Georgetown University Medical Center and Tufts Medical Center). Since 2001, she has been participating in or directing the evidence review for KDOQI and KDIGO guidelines. As Director of Guideline Development, Dr. Uhlig has a substantial role in coordinating the ERT. She orchestrates and supervises the guideline development process and didactic curriculum that provides Work Group members with formal instruction on topics related to guideline development. As project director on individual guidelines, she directs and supervises the collection, evaluation, grading, and synthesis of evidence and the drafting and revisions of the final evidence report. She provides methodological guidance and training to Work Group members at meetings regarding topic refinement, key question formulation, data extraction, study assessment, evidence grading, and recommendation formulation. She provides nephrology expertise in the interpretation and review of guideline recommendations and evidence reports. In this capacity, Dr. Uhlig possesses unique knowledge as a methods expert in evidence synthesis and critical literature appraisal in the domain of nephrology. In 2005, she co-chaired the KDIGO Evidence Rating Group to develop a consensus on grading of KDIGO guidelines and also co-chaired the KDIGO Consensus Conference on Guideline Methodology in October 2007. From 2006 to 2007, she served as Co-Editor of American Journal of Kidney Diseases. Her teaching and research focus includes evidence-based medicine, systematic review, clinical practice guideline development, and critical literature appraisal. Dr Uhlig lectures on guideline topics and is a co-instructor of an annual course on meta-analysis in the Master of Science Program at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University.

Past GarabedEknoyan Award Recipients:

2013 - Michael V. Rocco, MD, MSCE, FNKF
2012 - Bryan Becker, MD, MMM, FACP, FNKF
2011 - Kai-UweEckhardt, MD
2010 - Josef Coresh, MD
2009 - Sharon M. Moe, MD
2008- Adeera Levin, MD, FRCPC
2007 - Norbert H. Lameire, MD
2006 - Francesco Locatelli, MD, FRCBP
2005 - Nathan W. Levin, MD, FACP
2004 - Neil R. Powe, MD, MPH, MBA
2003 - Bertram L. Kasiske, MD
2002- Andrew S. Levey, MD