National Kidney Foundation Awards Dr. Holly J. Kramer for Work in Kidney Disease

New York, NY – Holly J. Kramer, MD, MPH, of Loyola University, Chicago, has been announced as the 2016 recipient of The Garabed Eknoyan Award to be presented at the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) 2016 Spring Clinical Meetings in Boston, MA.

The Garabed Eknoyan Award recognizes an individual who has promoted the vision of the National Kidney Foundation in making lives better for people with chronic kidney disease through exceptional contributions to key initiatives of NKF such as the Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI) or clinical research in the field of kidney disease. Dr. Kramer is currently KDOQI’s Vice-Chair of Commentaries and Controversies and is working on developing controversy reports that investigate various topics that do not have a uniform or simple answer.  By elucidating these large holes, she hopes to help move more funding into kidney disease research.

Dr. Kramer has largely focused her research on the link between obesity and kidney disease. In her opinion, obesity is the number one risk factor for kidney disease, and it is the result of our society consuming more manufactured food, instead of food in its natural state.  Instead of focusing on one person's eating habits, she believes we can aim to reduce portion sizes in food chains and manufactured foods, or change the public's perception about food choices. She hopes that her contributions to the field of obesity will someday influence policy. 

Over the next decade, Dr. Kramer would like to continue to raise awareness of CKD as a major public health concern. 

“I am waiting for the scientific community and the general U.S. population to recognize the impact that the kidney disease crisis is having on the U.S.” said Dr. Kramer. “Nephrology remains a specialty with less clinical trials compared to other specialties and we all need to come together to change this -- as soon as possible.”

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 (NKF) is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. For more information, visit