University of Washington School of Medicine Researcher Honored by National Kidney Foundation

New York, NY—April 10, 2017—Jonathan Himmelfarb, MD has been selected to receive the Donald W. Seldin Award from the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) at its 26th annual Spring Clinical Meetings held in Orlando, Florida.  Dr. Himmelfarb is a Professor of Medicine, Director of the Kidney Research Institute, and holds the Joseph W. Eschbach, M.D. Endowed Chair in Kidney Research at the University of Washington School of Medicine. 
   
“Dr. Himmelfarb has been a leader in clinical and translational research focused on kidney disease for three decades,” said Michael Choi, MD, President and Chair, NKF Scientific Advisory Board. “His contributions to the kidney patient and nephrology communities are truly significant and widespread, and we congratulate him on receiving this prestigious award.” 
 
Dr. Himmelfarb is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed publications.  He has served on numerous grant review committees, Scientific Advisory Boards and has held leadership positions in many national and international nephrology societies.  He was the President of American Society of Nephrology in 2015; Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, and has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Kidney International, BMC Medicine, and the Faculty of 1000 in Medicine.  He is a founding member of the Faculty of 1000 in Research.  Dr. Himmelfarb has served on expert panels for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Veterans Health Administration, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. He is also a nephrologist who cares for patients with kidney disease, and an internationally recognized educator about kidney disease.
 
“I am thrilled to receive the 2017 Donald W. Seldin Award from the National Kidney Foundation,” said Dr. Himmelfarb.  “Throughout his illustrious career, Dr. Seldin exemplified bringing the best and most rigorous science to the patient bedside. Patients’ needs always came first.  Thus, it is fitting that it is the National Kidney Foundation that issues the Seldin Award.  Dr. Seldin is both a legendary teacher and an astute clinician who influenced so many of us in the field of nephrology.”
 
The Donald W. Seldin Award was established to recognize excellence in clinical nephrology in the tradition of one of the foremost teachers and researchers in the field, Dr. Donald W. Seldin.  The award will be presented during the National Kidney Foundation 2017 Spring Clinical Meetings in Orlando, FL from April 18-22. 
 
For the past 26 years, nephrology healthcare professionals from across the country have come to the NKF Spring Clinical Meetings to learn about the newest developments related to all aspects of nephrology practice, network with colleagues, and present their research findings. The NKF Spring Clinical Meetings are designed for meaningful change in the multidisciplinary healthcare teams’ skills, performance, and patient health outcomes.  It is the only conference of its kind that focuses on translating science into practice for the entire healthcare team.  
 
Kidney Disease Facts
1 in 3 American adults is at risk for kidney disease.  26 million American adults have kidney disease—and most aren’t aware of it.  Risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, family history, and age 60+.  People of African American; Hispanic; Native American; Asian; or Pacific Islander descent are at increased risk for developing the disease.  African Americans are 3 ½ times more likely, and Hispanics 1 ½ times more likely, to experience kidney failure.
 

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive and longstanding organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney diseaseFor more information about NKF visit www.kidney.org.