Recognition & Awards

International Distinguished Medal Recipients

The International Distinguished Medal was established in 1990 to honor the achievement of individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of kidney disease and extended the goals of the National Kidney Foundation. The Foundation President presents medals each year to recognize the accomplishments of individuals through their clinical work, roles in academia, scientific discoveries or volunteer work in organizations similar to the Foundation.

Daniel C. Cattran, MD - Canada

Daniel C. Cattran, MD - CanadaDr. Cattran is currently a Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and a senior scientist at the Toronto General Research Institute. A graduate of the University of Toronto Medical School, his postgraduate training was in both Toronto, Canada and Sydney, Australia.

Grant support for Dr. Cattran's research, mainly in the field of glomerular research, has come from the Kidney Foundation of Canada, PSI, the National Institutes of Health and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. He was the principle organizer, and remains the Chair, of the Toronto Glomerulonephritis Registry, which currently includes over 10,000 cases of biopsy proven GN. He has published over 200 articles in peer review journals and more than 30 book chapters related to the natural history, outcome and treatment studies in glomerulonephritis.

In recognition of his career in clinical investigation, the Kidney Foundation of Canada awarded him their Medal for Research Excellence in 2005. He was also the recipient of the Conrad Pirani award from Columbia University in 2008.

Dr. Cattran has served on the editorial board of both the American Journal of Kidney Disease and the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, and is currently an associate editor for Kidney International. He is also on the editorial board of Up-to-Date and is the author/co-author of several of their cards in glomerular disease.

In addition to holding a number of positions in the Canadian Society of Nephrology, including a term as president, Dr. Cattran has held a number of positions within the American Society of Nephrology, including two terms on the PGE committee and is currently a member of the Glomerular Disease Advisory Group.

David Johnson, PhD, FRACP, MB BS - Australia

David Johnson, PhD, FRACP, MB BSDavid Johnson is Director of the Metro South and Ipswich Nephrology and Transplant Service (MINTS) and Medical Director of the Queensland Renal Transplant Service at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia. He is also a Professor of Medicine and Professor of Population Health at University of Queensland.

Dr. Johnson is the principal investigator on a number of large, multi-center randomized controlled trials and is the chair of the Data Safety and Monitoring Board for the FINESSE trial. He is the author of more than 540 original manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and has presented over 350 abstracts at national and international scientific meetings. He has won numerous research awards for his clinical and basic science studies in the areas of peritoneal dialysis outcomes, cardiovascular risk factor modification in uraemia, renal transplantation, dialysis unit infection control, treatment of acute renal failure and mechanisms of progressive chronic kidney disease. In 2005, Dr. Johnson was awarded the TJ Neale Award by the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology for "outstanding contributions to nephrologic science." He was a Queensland finalist in the Australian of the Year Awards for 2009, and on Australia Day 2011, he was awarded a Public Service Medal by the Governor-General of Australia for outstanding public service.

In addition, Dr. Johnson serves as:

  • Chair of the Queensland Statewide Renal Clinical Network
  • Chair of the CARI Guidelines Working Parties on Peritoneal Dialysis Adequacy, Evaluation of Renal Function and Management of Early CKD
  • Chair of the Kidney Check Australia Taskforce
  • Co-Chair of the Australasian Creatinine and eGFR Consensus Working Party
  • Co-Chair of the Australasian Proteinuria Consensus Working Party
  • Founding Member and Deputy Chair of the Australasian Kidney Trials Network
  • Founding Member of the NHMRC-endorsed Cardiovascular and Renal Centre of Clinical Research Excellence (CCRE)
  • Member of the ANZDATA Registry Peritoneal Dialysis Working Group
  • International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis Councillor
  • International Society of Nephrology Councillor

Paul E. Stevens, MB BS BSC, FRCP - United Kingdom

Paul E. Stevens, MB BS BSC, FRCP - United KingdomPaul Stevens trained in medicine at The London Hospital Medical College and he completed higher medical training in the Royal Air Force and at the Charing Cross Hospital in London. Dr. Stevens was appointed as Consultant Physician and Nephrologist to the Royal Air Force in 1990. He returned to the NHS in April 1995 as Clinical Director of the Kent Kidney Care Centre, implementing a program of modernization and development and establishing a predominantly clinical research program in kidney disease. A former President of the British Renal Society and a member of the Department of Health Renal Advisory Group, he also served on a number of national and college committees. His interest in guideline development began with commissioning guidance for the development of renal services and the UK CKD guideline. He has since served as clinical advisor to a number of the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Clinical Guidelines and was a member of the UK consensus panel for management of AKI. He is chair of the NICE CKD topic expert reference group, chairs the current NICE CKD guideline update and was privileged to have co-chaired the Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) CKD guideline.

Dr. Stevens research interests include the evaluation of kidney function, the variability of biochemical indicators of complications of kidney disease, the epidemiology of AKI and CKD (in particular the unmet need), and development of information technology based solutions for identification of kidney disease, both acute and chronic.

Xuequing Yu, PhD, MB BS - China

Xuequing Yu, PhD, MB BS - ChinaProfessor Xueqing Yu is the Vice President of The First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, Director of Institute of Nephrology of Sun Yat-sen University, and Director of the Key Laboratory of Nephrology, Ministry of Health. He is a COMGN member of International Society of Nephrology, Director of International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis, and Executive Director of the Asia-Pacific Society of Nephrology. Dr. Yu's major academic titles include the Council of State Academic Committee, President-elect of Chinese Society of Nephrology, Chairman of Chinese Nephrologists Association, Professor of Changjiang Scholarship Program, and Ministry of Education. He is also the deputy Editor-in-Chief of Chinese Journal of Nephrology, Associate Editor of American Journal Kidney Diseases, and Subject Editor of Nephrology. To date, Professor Yu has committed 30 scientific research funds at all levels, including National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars of China and National Natural Science Foundation of China (Key Program), among many others. He is the author of 269 publications, of which 96 papers are indexed by SCI, including Nature Genetics, Lancet, JASN, KI, and AJKD. He has issued 11 academic monographs, and is the editor-in-chief of four of them. He has also won seven awards of provincial or ministerial Science and Technology Achievements, including the 2nd Prize of the National Sci-Tech Advance Award.

Past International Medal Recipients:

Simon Davies, MD, United Kingdom
Ricardo Correa-Rotter, MD, Mexico
Marcello Tonelli, MD, Canada

Jianghua Chen, MD, China
Raymond Krediet, MD, PhD, The Netherlands
Philip K.T. Li, MD, FRCP, FACP, FNKF, China
Peter Stenvinkel, MD, PhD, Sweden

Nan Chen, MD, China
Angela, D'Angelo, MD, Italy
Ron T. Gansevoort, MD, PhD, The Netherlands
David C. Wheeler, MD, FRCP, United Kingdom

Jonathan Craig, MD, Australia
Alison MacLeod, MD, United Kingdom
DimitriosOreopoulos, MD, Canada
Paul E. de Jong, MD, The Netherlands

Guillermo Garcia Garcia, MD, Mexico
DonalO'Donoghue, MD, England
Gregoria T. Obrador, MD, MPH, Mexico
Kim Solez, MD, Canada

Bernard Charra, MD, France
Wendy Hoy, MBBS, BScMed, FRACP, Australia
Michel Jadoul, MD, Belgium
Yves Vanrenterghem, MD, PhD, Belgium

Mona Al-Rukhaimi, MD, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dick de Zeeuw, MD, PhD, Groningen, The Netherlands
Sayyid Ali JafferNaqvi, MD, Karachi, Pakistan
Susumu Takahashi, MD, PhD, Tokyo, Japan
ChristophWanner, MD, Wurzburg, Germany

Jorge Cannata-Andia, MD, Oviedo, Spain
Prakesh Keshaviah, MD, Dehradun, Uttaranchal, India
Gabriel Mircescu, MD, Bucharest, Romania
Yusuke Tsukamoto, MD, Tokyo, Japan
Haiyan Wang, MD, Beijing, China

John Dirks, MD, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
SaraladeviNaicker, MD, Johannesburg, South Africa
Luis Revert, MD, Barcelona, Spain
Wu Chang Yang, MD, Taiwan, China

Peter G. Blake, MB, FRCP, Toronto, Canada
Kai-Uwe Eckardt, MD, Berlin, Germany
S. Adibul Hasan Rizvi, MBBS, FRCS, FRCSE, FCPS, FRCP, Karachi, Pakistan
Bernardo Rodriguez-Iturbe, MD, Maracaibo, Venezuela
Claudio Ronco, MD, Vicenza, Italy

Georgi Abraham, MD, Chennai, India
Shanyan Lin, MD, Shanghai, China
Nester Schor, MD, PhD, Sao Paolo, Brazil
Carmine Zoccali, MD, Reggio, Italy

Gavin Becker, MD, Victoria, Australia
Francesco Locatelli, MD, Lecco, Italy
Sergio Mezzano, MD, Valdivia, Chile
Giuseppe Piccoli, MD, Torino, Italy
Wladyslaw Sulowica, MD, PhD, Kracow, Poland

Elvira Emilia Arrizurieta, MD, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Hans-Henrick Parving, MD, DMSC, Copenhagen, Denmark
Yahya Sagliker, MD, Adana, Turkey
Fernando Valderrababo, MD, PhD, Madrid, Spain

Vittorio Andreucci, MD, PhD, Naples, Italy
Norbert Lameire, MD, PhD, Gent, Belgium
Florian Lang, MD, PhD, Tubingen, Germany

Jonas Bergstrom, MD, PhD, Huddinge, Sweden
Walter H. Hörl, MD, PhD, Vienna, Austria
Vincenzo Savica, MD, Messina, Italy
Gianfranco Guarnieri, MD, Trieste, Italy

Professor Rosario Maiorca, Brescia, Italy
John Walls, MD, Leicester, England
Shaul M. Shasha, MD, Nahariya, Israel
Professor Jean-Pierre Grunfeld, Paris, France

Professor Guido Bellinghieri, Sicily, Italy
Professor Hirotoshi Morii, Osaka, Japan
Professor Momir H. Polenakovic, Skopje, Macedonia
Professor Boleslaw Rutkowski, Gdansk, Poland

Professor Judit Nagy, Pecs, Hungry
Professor KarelOpatrny, Pizen, Czech Republic
Miguel C. Riella, MD, Curitba, Brazil

Maurice Slapak, MD, Hampshire, England
Guy Laurent, MD, Tassin, France
David N. Kerr, MD, London, England
Alexander P. Disney, MD, Adelaide, South Australia
Andrzej Ksiazek, MD, Lublin, Poland

Stefan Angielsi, MD, Gdansk, Poland
Natale G. De Santo, MD, Naples, Italy
ProfessorMiroslawMydilk, Kosice, SlovacRepublic

Jamie Herrera-Acosta, MD, Mexico City, Mexico
Jose L. Rodicio, MD, Madrid, Spain
Professor Sandor, Sonkodi, Hungary
VisithSitprija, MD, Bangkok, Thailand

Professor Albert Valek, Czechoslovakia
Professor Mary G. McGeown, Ireland
Professor Ori Better, Haifa, Israel
Professor RashadBersoum, Egypt
Professor Karl M. Koch, Hannover, Germany
M. Derome Tremblay, France

Professor Nobuhiro Sugino, Tokyo, Japan
Professor K.S. Chugh, Mumbai, India
Professor Renee Habib, Paris, France
Professor Franciszek Kokot, Poland
Professor Sevrin Ringoir, Ghent, Belgium

Professor Kazimierz Baczyk, Poznan, Poland
Professor Vittorio Bonomini, Bologna, Italy
Professor J. Stewart Cameron, London, England
T.T. Durai, MD, Singapore
Professor Henri Jahn, Strasbourgh-Cedex, France
Professor Eberhard Ritz, Heidelberg, Germany