Drs. Eknoyan and Levin honored with Medal of Excellence Award

New York, NY (January 23, 2001) - Drs. Garabed Eknoyan and Nathan Levin have been named the co-winners of the prestigious Medal of Excellence Award for their leadership and service as co-chairs of the National Kidney Foundation-Dialysis Outcomes Quality Initiative (NKF/DOQI), the foundation announced today. Sponsored by the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP), the award will be presented at the AAKP's sixth annual Medal of Excellence Award Dinner on March 25, 2001, in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the Renal Physicians Association's Annual Meeting.

Since their original publication in 1997, the guidelines have become an integral part of the nephrology practice throughout the country and abroad and have contributed significantly to improving the lives of dialysis patients. The success of this initiative led to the creation of a larger body of work--the Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (K/DOQI), which examines kidney disease at all stages.

"On behalf of NKF, I want to congratulate Dr. Eknoyan and Dr. Levin for their contributions to this organization and to the thousands of people we serve. This award acknowledges their tireless efforts in spearheading NKF's largest and most significant program to improve outcomes for kidney patients," said John Davis, NKF chief executive officer.

Dr. Garabed Eknoyan, professor of medicine of the Baylor College of Medicine and former NKF president, has been involved with kidney patients as a clinician and researcher since 1963. An expert on kidney diseases, Dr. Eknoyan has been a leader in physician education having served in numerous capacities on behalf of NKF.

Dr. Nathan Levin, medical and research director at the Renal Research Institute and professor of clinical medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and former NKF board member, has made significant contributions to the renal community for more than 25 years, having served as a clinician, researcher and volunteer. Dr Levin has a long history as an advocate for quality water standards in hemodialysis treatment and has been at the clinical forefront in the areas of hemodialysis adequacy and dialyzer reuse.

The National Kidney Foundation, a major voluntary health organization, seeks to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation.