Cleveland Dietitian Honored by National Kidney Foundation

New York, NY – Janeen Leon, MS, RDN, LD, of Cleveland, has been awarded the 2016 Joel D. Kopple Award by the National Kidney Foundation (NKF). 

The Joel D. Kopple Award is an annual Council on Renal Nutrition (CRN) award honoring an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of renal nutrition. 

Leon is a dietitian, researcher and program evaluator at the Departments of Research and Pediatrics at MetroHealth System in Cleveland, and is an Adjunct Instructor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

“It’s an honor to receive this award,” she said.  “I have long held Dr. Kopple in high regard. His emphasis and ground-breaking work in the renal nutrition arena paved the way for both my early clinical career and research endeavors.”

Leon’s primary focus is on phosphorus in the food supply, food allergies and sensitivities, obesity, and health disparities.  Her research has changed the way dietitians educate patients with kidney disease by increasing awareness of phosphorus-based food additives in processed and restaurant foods.  

She is especially concerned with finding health solutions for urban children.  “The potential to reduce the incidence of CKD through early lifestyle modifications is a great motivator for me,” Leon said.  “When we work with these kids, we are also educating and possibly changing the lifestyles of others within their families.  The impact of the effort is thus magnified.”

Leon has served on the NKF’s Council on Renal Nutrition Executive Committee, the board of trustees for The Renal Network, and as an editorial board member for the Journal of Renal Nutrition.  She was also previously recognized for her work in renal nutrition by receiving the NKF-CRN Outstanding Service Award in 2008.

The award will be presented during the National Kidney Foundation 2016 Spring Clinical Meetings being held April 27 to May 1, in Boston, MA. For additional program information, and to register, visit

The National Kidney Foundation is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. For more information, visit