National Kidney Foundation to Honor Pittsburgh’s Dr. Linda Fried

New York, NY – Linda F. Fried, MD, MPH, will be honored with the distinguished Dr. Shaul Massry Lecture at the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) 2016 Spring Clinical Meetings in Boston this April.

This lectureship was established to honor Dr. Shaul G. Massry for his scientific achievements and his contributions to the kidney health care community and to the National Kidney Foundation. Dr. Fried will be presenting on "Lessons Learned from VA NEPHRON-D" on Thursday, April 28.

Dr. Fried works for the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and the University of Pittsburgh. Her primary research focuses on the association of decreased kidney function with adverse health outcomes in older adults. She also works to better understand the pathology of kidney disease to determine interventions that might stop its progression.

She is currently working on an NIDDK-backed CKD pilot study that is assessing a number of interventions that may slow the progression of risk of kidney disease and heart disease in patients.

“You can’t always prevent the bad outcomes, but what can we do to slow it down?” she said. “I hope my research can continue to inform our knowledge of kidney disease and provide groundwork for future studies that will also improve patient outcomes.”

In regards to the field of nephrology, Dr. Fried is excited about improving therapeutics, slowing progression, and advancing home dialysis and artificial kidney technologies.

“While these developments are amazing, I hope we can focus on prevention as a goal,” Dr. Fried said. “We need to do all we can to make our patients’ lives easier.”

The Dr. Shaul G. Massry 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