Toronto Doctor Receives Distinguished Medal from National Kidney Foundation

New York, NY – Joanne Bargman, MD, of Toronto, has been awarded the 2016 International Distinguished Medal by the National Kidney Foundation (NKF). 

The International Distinguished Medal was established in 1990 to honor the achievement of individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of kidney disease and extended the goals of the National Kidney Foundation. 

Dr. Bargman, a staff nephrologist at the University Health Network and Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, is best known for her research on peritoneal dialysis, specifically looking at creating a more patient-centered approach to assessing dialysis adequacy.

“In many ways we need to reexamine the metrics used to assess ‘success’ in dialysis,” said Dr. Bargman.  “I believe we should focus more on quality of survival.”  In addition to her work in peritoneal dialysis, she also manages a large cohort of patients with lupus nephritis and speaks internationally on the treatment of lupus.

Dr. Bargman has won the "Silver Shovel", given by the graduating medical class of the University of Toronto to the best lecturer in the undergraduate years.  She has also won the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine Postgraduate Teaching Award, given to the best teacher in the postgraduate program.  

In 2013, she was the recipient of both the NKF’s Donald Seldin Award for excellence in nephrology and the award for teaching excellence from the Canadian Society of Nephrology.  She was the 2015 Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Annual Dialysis Conference in New Orleans.

The award will be presented during the National Kidney Foundation 2016 Spring Clinical Meetings being held April 27 to May 1, in Boston, MA. For additional program information, and to register, visit

The National Kidney Foundation is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. For more information, visit