2018 Patient Symposium Cleveland

Sunday, September 9, 2018
11:30AM VIP Reception – For Medical Professionals
12:30-4:30PM Main Event

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cleveland Downtown
Grand Ballroom
1111 Lakeside Avenue E
Cleveland, OH 44114
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The National Kidney Foundation invites kidney patients from early stages of kidney disease to dialysis or transplantation and their caregivers to come together, learn, and become empowered at the 4th Annual Patient Symposium.

The goal of Patient Symposium is to engage, empower, and educate those affected by kidney disease, including patients, caregivers, organ donors, and healthcare professionals. This is done through a series of panel discussions whose topics cover the latest medical advances, financial developments, nutrition essentials, wellness care, and mental health associated with kidney disease. Patient Symposium is a unique service because its target audience is kidney disease patients, caregivers, and organ donors. Nephrology and kidney symposiums hosted by other organizations in the area are geared toward doctors, eliminating those living with the condition from important conversations and information sharing.


FREE event for patients and caregivers.
Lunch included.
Please RSVP by August 31, limited spots are available.
Please register online or call at 614.882.6184 ext. 825.
Click here if you would like to donate to this event.

For more information, please contact:
Antoinette Greene Tubbs
614.882.6184 ext. 825

Naming Sponsor:

American Kidney Institute

Premium Sponsor:

CDC - Centers for Dialysis Care

Platinum Sponsor:

Horizon Pharma

NKF of Northern Ohio Medical Advisory Committee

The Patient Symposium is organized by the local Medical Advisory Committee, whose members include:

Mikki Ambler, Fresenius
Jan Breaux, RN, CDC
Michele Cici
Rita Lovelace, RN, Cleveland Clinic, Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center
Joan Luthanen, NP Dr. Alamir, CDC
Charles Mbanefo, MD, Private Practice
Charles Modlin, MD, Cleveland Clinic
Rupesh Raina, MD, Akron Children's Hospital, AKI, UH Children's Hospital, MetroHealth
Erdal Sarac, MD, The Renal Group, Salem Regional Medical Center, St. Elizabeth Health Center
Tom Tan, MD, AKI
Oba Opelami, Americare Kidney Institute
Tyrone Hamler, Case Western Reserve University
Charles Rincon, MD, Cleveland Clinic, GUKI
Lavinia Negrea, MD, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Kristin Bame, University Hospital
Vivek Nadkarni, MD, Mercy Health, Private Practice
Eileen Moore, CNSC, RD, LD, Pentec Health
Lisa Durichko, DaVita
Sandi Wagner, Americare Kidney Institute
Samantha Formica, Akron Children's Hospital
Ron Flauto, Americare Kidney Institute

Community Need

In June of 2017, the Centers for Disease Control released a new kidney disease fact sheet stating that an estimated 30 million Americans (1 in 7) have chronic kidney disease and 90% of them do not know it. Additionally, 1 in 3 people are at-risk of developing kidney disease due to factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and family history. Minority populations are at an increased for kidney disease. The prevalence among African Americans is nearly three times that of Whites, and approximately 1.5 times higher for Hispanics. Further, since kidney disease is often symptom-free, many do not know they have kidney damage until they are at a point requiring dialysis or transplant. Currently, 90,000 Americans await transplant and 380,000 rely on dialysis to keep them alive.

Of the 30 million Americans with kidney disease, it is estimated that 1 million of them reside in Ohio. Based on the above statistics, it is estimated that 180,000 people living in Cuyahoga County have kidney disease and more than 160,000 of them do not know it. An additional 420,000 people in Cuyahoga County are at-risk of developing chronic kidney disease. These numbers are staggering and best highlight the need for the NKF's critical programs that support kidney patients.

About the National Kidney Foundation

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention, and treatment of kidney disease. The history of NKF dates to the 1950s, when the work of the DeBold Family led to the creation of the National Nephrosis Foundation (NNF). Following success of medical advances in the 1960s, such as dialysis and sibling transplants, the NKF grew in scope and advocacy. Because of this broadening reach, the National Kidney Foundation was established in 1964.

Today, NKF has more than 30 division and affiliate offices across the country and its work is more critical than ever. An estimated 30 million Americans are living with kidney disease and more than one million of those individuals reside in Ohio. Further, 1 in 3 people are at risk of developing kidney disease due to factors including diabetes, high blood pressure, and family history. Due to the fact that kidney disease is often symptom-free, many do not know they have kidney damage until they are at a point requiring dialysis or transplant. Currently, 90,000 Americans await transplant and 380,000 rely on dialysis to keep them alive.

The NKF of Northern Ohio division was established 11 years ago. This division has a 32-county service area with programming and events centered on Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain and Summit Counties.

Sun, 09/09/2018 - 4:30pm to 8:30pm
Antoinette Greene Tubbs
614.882.6184 ext. 825