Advanced Practitioners Honor Two Leaders in the Nephrology Field

New York, NY (March 19, 2015) — The National Kidney Foundation's Council of Advanced Practitioners (NKF-CAP) will honor two individuals who have contributed to the advancement of nephrology at this year's National Kidney Foundation's Spring Clinical Meetings in Dallas, TX.

Peter Juergensen, PA-C, New Haven, CT, will receive the Tim Poole Memorial Award for his outstanding accomplishments as an advanced practitioner. For 40 years, Juergensen has devoted his career to nephrology research, education and practice. He currently works at New Haven Hypertension and Metabolism Associates, where for over 30 years he has been steadfast in his commitment to treat complicated and hard-to-manage patients. Additionally, Juergensen has trained generations of physician assistants from Quinnipiac University and Yale, along with nurses and nurse practitioners from Yale School of Medicine, earning multiple teaching awards from both universities. His commitment to professional education and training has also manifested itself in his great contributions to NKF's annual Spring Clinical Meetings, where, serving as the first NKF-CAP Research Chair on the Executive Committee, he judges the research posters.

Andrew S. Narva, MD, FACP, FASN, of Bethesda, MD, will be honored with the coveted Nostradamus Award, an award given annually to an individual or organization that, through forethought and vision, recognizes and promotes the contributions of advanced practitioners (APs) in nephrology. Throughout his career, Dr. Narva has consistently sought out the opinion of APs, including them on committees, panels, task forces and boards. As Chief Clinical Consultant for Nephrology for the Indian Health Service (HIS) for nearly 20 years, Dr. Narva involved nurse practitioners in his initiatives to provide healthcare to over one million American Indians and Alaska Natives. In 2006, Dr. Narva became the director of the National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In this role, he has been instrumental in instituting provider-neutral language in NKDEP publications so that physicians and APs are referred to as providers, in addition to regularly seeking feedback from APs about NKDEP projects. Dr. Narva served on the NKF's Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI) Work Group on Diabetes in Chronic Kidney Disease and regularly presents at the NKF's annual Spring Clinical Meetings.

The National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings will take place March 25-29, 2015 at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas, TX. For more information, visit www.nkfclinicalmeetings.org.

The National Kidney Foundation is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families, and tens of millions of Americans at risk. For more information, visit www.kidney.org.