National Kidney Foundation Honors Johns Hopkins Doctor for Bettering the Lives of Kidney Patients

Dallas, TX (March 19, 2015) — Michael J. Choi, MD, FNKF, has been announced as the 2015 recipient of The Garabed Eknoyan Award to be presented at the National Kidney Foundation's (NKF) Spring Clinical Meetings held March 25-29, 2015 at the Gaylord Texas in Dallas, TX.

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.

"Dr. Eknoyan is an icon in nephrology, and to be the recipient of his award, and to be included with the list of extraordinarily accomplished past award winners is an incredible honor," said Dr. Choi.

Dr Choi is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Clinical Director of Nephrology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he was the Fellowship Program Director. He is a member of the NKF Board of Directors, Vice-Chair of Education for the NKF-KDOQI, and was Chair of the NKF 2011 Spring Clinical Meetings. He has served as a committee member for the KDOQI US Commentary on the 2012 KDIGO Clinical Practice Guideline for Glomerulonephritis, and the KDOQI US Commentary for the Primary Care Practitioner on the 2012 KDIGO Clinical Practice Guideline for the Evaluation and Management of Chronic Kidney Disease.

"I am most proud of working with KDOQI as Vice Chair of Education to help establish and implement clinical practice guidelines for many aspects of kidney disease," he said. "Working with my colleagues at KDOQI, (Mike Rocco, Jeff Berns, Holly Mattix, Paul Scheel, Millie Samaniego, Joe Nally), and on our education subcommittee (Bernard Jaar, Kerri Cavanaugh, Michelle Estrella, Clarsissa Diamantidis, Mark Perazella and Sandeep Soman) has been fantastic."

Dr. Choi's clinical practice and research interests include chronic kidney disease, glomerular diseases, and education. He plans to draw on these passions as the incoming President of the National Kidney Foundation.

"I would like to raise both patient and primary care provider awareness of kidney disease which is so common, but under recognized, in order to improve patient outcomes in those who have kidney disease," Dr. Choi said. "To do this, we will need a multidisciplinary team approach to help our patients with kidney disease."

The National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings take place March 25-29, 2015 at the Gaylord Texas in Dallas, TX. For more information, 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 hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and tens of millions of Americans at risk. For more information, visit