Adeera Levin, MD, Appointed Co-Chair of National Kidney Foundation's Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative

Washington, DC (December 3, 2002) - Adeera Levin, MD, FRCPC, has been named co-chair of the National Kidney Foundation's (NKF) Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (K/DOQI). President of the Canadian Society of Nephrology (2000-2002), Dr. Levin is clinical professor of medicine, division of nephrology at the University of British Columbia, where she also serves as director of clinical research and education for nephrology and director of the postgraduate fellowship program in nephrology.

As K/DOQI co-chair, Dr. Levin will interact closely with and provide guidance to the growing K/DOQI staff, work group members and other volunteers involved in the development, dissemination and implementation of the K/DOQI clinical practice guidelines. Having served on the work groups for both the Chronic Kidney Disease and the Management of Dyslipidemias in Chronic Kidney Disease clinical practice guidelines, she is intimately familiar with the challenges the guidelines present - from conceptualization to implementation.

"We are honored to have Dr. Levin join the NKF K/DOQI team," said William F. Keane, MD and president of the NKF. "She is highly regarded throughout the nephrology community. Her expertise, proven leadership and commitment to improving patients' lives will further enhance the effectiveness of K/DOQI and its development of clinical practice guidelines."

"K/DOQI has been instrumental in changing the way the medical community looks at kidney disease," said Dr. Levin. "It's a privilege for me to take on a leadership role where I can use my experience to help develop new clinical practice guidelines that will impact patient treatment and care."

Dr. Levin will serve alongside current K/DOQI co-chair, Garabed Eknoyan, MD and professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Co-chair emeritus, Dr. Nathan Levin, MD, medical and research director at the Renal Research Institute and founding co-chair of K/DOQI, will continue to be involved in a consulting capacity.

Dr. Levin is the recipient of the UBC Martin Hoffman Award for Excellence in Research and the Dean Whitlaw Award for Outstanding Grand Rounds. She is the chief medical editor for PROFILES, and is on the editorial boards of Nephrology Dialysis and Transplantation and the American Journal of Kidney Diseases. Additionally, she reviews articles for Peritoneal Dialysis International, Kidney International, Journal of American Society of Nephrology and Canadian Family Practice.

Since its creation in 1995, K/DOQI has published six clinical practice guidelines aimed at improving the care of patients at all stages of kidney disease, four of which have already been updated. Another four sets of guidelines are under development. For more information, visit