U of Michigan Doctor to Receive National Kidney Foundation's Highest Honor

Las Vegas, NV (April 7, 2014) – Friedrich K. Port, MD, MS, FACP, will be honored with the National Kidney Foundation's highest honor at the Spring Clinical Meetings in Las Vegas this April.

Dr. Port will be presented with the David Hume Award, which is reserved for a distinguished scientist-clinician in the field of kidney and urologic diseases who exemplifies the high ideals of scholarship and humanism in an outstanding manner.

"The David Hume award is very special as it honors the dedicated scientific work of our team at Arbor Research and many collaborators in the US and around the world," Dr. Port said.

Dr. Port is a Distinguished Research Scientist and Past President at the Arbor Research Collaborative for Health and an Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of Michigan Schools of Medicine and Public Health. His career has focused on large national and international studies in the area of advanced chronic kidney disease with an aim to improving the care of patients, particularly for those on dialysis or with a kidney transplant.

"Our work deals with differences in practices and associated outcomes to identify ways of improving care at the dialysis unit level," he said. "Over many years, our team has studied and found ways to improve the longevity and quality of life for patients with chronic kidney disease."

Dr. Port has over 30 years of experience in quantitative analyses of kidney disease patients. He served as the Deputy Director of the NIH-funded United States Renal Data System (USRDS) Coordinating Center from 1988 to 1999, as the Director of the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (2002-2010) and as the Principal Investigator of the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Pattern Study (DOPPS). He is the recipient of national awards from the American Society of Nephrology (Scribner Award) and the National Kidney Foundation (Seldin Award). He has authored/ coauthored more than 400 scientific publications.