National Kidney Foundation Honors Yale Researcher for Bettering Lives of Kidney Failure Patients

Dallas, TX (March 19, 2015) — Fredric Finkelstein, MD, has been announced as the 2015 recipient of J. Michael Lazarus Distinguished 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 Lazarus award recognizes individuals whose research has made 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.

"This is an incredible honor," Dr. Finkelstein said. "I have known and respected Dr. Lazarus for 40 years. To receive the award named for him is a great privilege."

Dr. Finkelstein is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Yale University. His research focuses on the care of the patient with chronic kidney disease, expanding home dialysis programs, optimizing dialysis treatment, and emphasizing the quality of life of the individual patient. He is also focused on improving health care delivery in the developing world. He has worked as a teacher, healthcare provider, and nephrologist in many countries in the Far East, South Pacific, Middle East, and Africa.

"I am particularly proud of the work I have done in the developing world -- expanding nephrology programs and services, educating young students, trainees and doctors, and treating patients," he said. "Bringing some of the skills I have learned in the United States to low-resource settings and working to try to solve problems of health care delivery in these areas has been particularly rewarding."

Dr. Finkelstein is currently Co-Chair of the Dialysis Committee of the International Society of Nephrology, Chair of the International Liaison Committee of the International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis, and Chair of Continuing Medical Education Programs for the International Society of Nephrology. He is actively involved with the Saving Young Lives Program, and has been developing peritoneal dialysis programs to treat patients with AKI in the developing world. Thus far, 11 such programs have been started in Africa and Southeast Asia.

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