NKF Serving the Pacific Northwest

A Victory for Living Donors

On May 3rd, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed into law the Living Organ Donor Protection Act which prohibits insurance companies from discriminating against living donors. Thanks to Senator Karen Keiser and others including NKF Advocates who testified before the legislature. The 86,000 patients in Washington with kidney disease now have a greater hope of someday receiving a transplant.

You can read more about how NKF is championing kidney policy in states across the country here.

Pacific Northwest Nephrology Journal Club Case Discussions

Sijie Zheng, MD, PhD, Program Chair

Upcoming Dates:

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
6:00pm – 8:00pm PDT
Registration Coming Soon!
Thursday, August 26, 2021
6:00pm – 8:00pm PDT
Program Flyer HERE
Register HERE

Save The Date: 53rd Annual NKF Medical Symposium

Chaired by Dr. Sijie Zheng, the planning committee has put together a day of thought-provoking, practice-strengthening topics, presented by an expert faculty. Join us for the 53rd Annual Medical Symposium.

This symposium will be virtual, streaming live on the HopIn platform. We look forward to being in person in 2022!

Save the Date: Friday October 15, 2021 – Registration Opens Soon!

Thank you to those already committed to sponsoring the Virtual Expo Hall:
Premier Sponsor Amgen, Gold Sponsor FMC Renal Pharmaceuticals, Silver Sponsors AstraZeneca, Pentec Health, and Satellite Healthcare.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact patty.mccormac@kidney.org.

West Coast Kidney Walk Series

We invite you to walk your way in the 2021 Pacific Northwest Kidney Walk!

This year, we are breaking down all the geographic boundaries of the past to form the first ever West Coast Kidney Walk! On Oct. 3, thousands will unite across Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada to improve the lives of people with kidney disease and those at risk everywhere.

Our Pacific Northwest Walk welcomes new and returning walkers throughout Oregon and Washington. LaceUp your walking shoes and join us from the comfort of your home, neighborhood or local park. Together we’ll LaceUp to change lives.

Register here

We invite you to check out highlights from last year’s walk with links to our YouTube page:

Walk Day Dance Off
Walk Day Yoga
Cooking Class

Save the Date: 33rd Annual Authors Luncheon

Join us virtually on Saturday, November 13, 2021!

For 32 years the Authors Luncheon has welcomed nearly 1,000 Bay Area guests to celebrate renowned, bestselling authors. This year we will once again take the event VIRTUAL, going from local to global and connecting with our guests where they are, from the comfort of their home.


In the meantime, you can still enjoy the 2020 event on our YouTube page:

Authors Event page
Authors Main Event
Authors VIP

Thank you to all of our 2020 Champion Circle sponsors for their support!


NKF is working hard to keep you up to date on the COVID-19 outbreak. Find answers to the most frequently asked questions and stay informed about the latest coronavirus developments.

Advocacy in Action Blog:
Follow NKF’s "Advocacy in Action" blog to hear from our CEO and transplant recipient, Kevin Longino, and see the latest news about kidney policy and our advocacy activities.

Local resource pages:
Need some help finding resources in your area? This page includes information and resources to help people stay safe, connected, and informed.

Fight Kidney Disease by Donating Your Car

Donate your unwanted car, van, truck or boat to the National Kidney Foundation. Help fight kidney disease in the Pacific Northwest. Donated vehicles and boats are tax deductible. Donate today!

Toll free helpline

Kidney disease or transplant can be scary. Speak with a specialist who will answer your questions and listen to your concerns.

Patient-to-patient support program

Speak with a peer mentor who shares your experiences with dialysis, transplant or living kidney donation.