Kidney Professionals Celebrate 25 Years in Boston

Boston, MA – Boston is known as the birthplace of the American Revolution. It is also the birthplace of many advancements in the treatment and understanding of kidney disease.

That makes it all the more special that the nation’s kidney healthcare professionals will converge on Boston this April for the 25th anniversary of the National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings – the premier conference for the kidney healthcare team.

“There’s no better place than Boston to get people excited about the field of nephrology,” said Daniel Weiner, MD, MS, FNKF, chair of the 2016 Spring Clinical Meetings (SCM16) and a nephrologist at Tufts Medical Center. “There have been major nephrology advances in Boston. It’s here where giants in the field were able to figure out how electrolytes work. Boston also had the first successful kidney transplant surgery.”

SCM16 will take place at the Hynes Convention Center, about a mile from the site of the first kidney transplant between identical twins which occurred in 1954 at Brigham Hospital. Within two miles of the convention are three medical schools with over 2,000 medical students, there are also a dozen teaching hospitals in the area and countless specialists who have made it a life’s work to undertake the rigorous demands of caring for kidney patients.

“Our main goal is to continue the legacy of this important professional meeting and the close association Boston has among the nephology community,” Dr. Weiner said.

As part of the 25th anniversary, renowned author Atul Gawande, MD, will deliver the conference’s keynote speech.  Dr. Gawande’s bold visions for improving performance and safety in healthcare have made him one of the most sought-after speakers in medicine. His address will cover Advanced Kidney Disease: Individualized Care, End-of-Life Transitions and Patient Safety. Dr. Gawande is a general and endocrine surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and a professor in both the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard School of Public Health and the Department of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

“He is bringing a fresh perspective to how we interact with patients, making sure things are as optimized for the individual as much as possible,” Dr. Weiner said. “There are a ton of lessons he will be able to impart, which will improve the care of kidney patients.” 

The National Kidney Foundation 2016 Spring Clinical Meetings will be held April 27 to May 1, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA. An important objective of the meeting is to present the latest insights into chronic kidney disease care. It is designed for kidney doctors in the private sector and academia, fellows and residents with a special interest in kidney disease, general internists, pharmacists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses and technicians, social workers, renal and clinical dietitians, and transplant professionals. 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 more information, visit www.kidney.org.