Advanced Practitioners Honor Two Leaders in the Nephrology Field

New York, NY (April 2, 2014) - The National Kidney Foundation's Council of Advanced Practitioners (NKF-CAP) will honor two individuals who have contributed to the advancement of the profession in the nephrology setting at the National Kidney Foundation's Spring Clinical Meetings to be held in Las Vegas on April 23.

Laurie Benton, PhD, PA-C, Temple, TX, will receive the Tim Poole Memorial Award for her outstanding accomplishments as an advanced practitioner. Over her 30-year career, Dr. Benton has become accredited as a Physician Assistant, a certified Emergency Medical Technician, a Registered Nurse, and a Major in the Texas National Guard. She currently works in the Nephrology/Hypertension/Internal Medicine Unit at Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple.

Dr. Benton was instrumental in designing and offering nephrology programs specifically for advanced practitioners; many of these programs were then adapted for use by national nephrology organizations. It was largely through her enthusiasm and tenacity that the NKF-CAP was formed, which brought together all nephrology advanced practitioners into one professional organization for the first time.

Ambrose Tsang, MD, of Los Angeles, will also be honored with the coveted Nostradamus Award. Dr. Tsang's enthusiasm for education and his promotion of nurse practitioners in the nephrology setting has earned commendation from the NKF-CRN executive committee.

Dr. Tsang has exemplified leadership, mentorship and advocacy in his 30 years of practice. He was the first doctor in the DaVita Wild West Division to incorporate nurse practitioners into a nephrology practice. Since then, dozens of nephrologists have followed suit.

The National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings take place April 22 - 26, 2014 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. For more information, visit

The National Kidney Foundation 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 their families, and tens of millions of Americans at risk. For more information, visit