Columbia Dialysis Researcher to Receive National Kidney Foundation Honor

New York, NY – Ramesh Khanna, MD, will receive the J. Michael Lazarus Distinguished Award, which will be presented at the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) 2016 Spring Clinical Meetings in Boston.

This award was established to honor Dr. J. Michael Lazarus for his major contributions to the clinical science and care of dialysis patients, and to recognize individuals whose research has yielded novel insights related to renal replacement therapy.

Dr. Khanna is Professor of Medicine at University of Missouri Health Care in Columbia, MO. He worked side by side with legends like Karl D. Nolph (who is also being honored with this award posthumously) Dimitrious Oreopoulos and Zbylut Twardowski, in the late 70s, 80s, and 90s on establishing clinical practice standards for the newly invented home dialysis therapy known as Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD) and peritoneal dialysis in general. His research efforts have focused on peritoneal physiology to make CAPD safer and more effective. His team introduced and established clinical application of a peritoneal membrane function measurement tool, now used by all most all clinicians globally, the “peritoneal equilibration test” (PET).

Dr. Khanna is currently Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine and Director of the Division of Nephrology. He has nearly 45 years of experience in nephrology practice.

The award will be presented at 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