This award was established to honor Dr. J. Michael Lazarus for his major contributions to the clinical science and care of dialysis patients, and to recognize individuals whose research has yielded novel insights related to renal replacement therapy. The 2020 award recipient is Laura Dember, MD.
Laura M. Dember, M.D. is a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine where she is a faculty member in the Renal-Electrolyte and Hypertension Division, a Senior Scholar in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and the Director of the Certificate Program in Clinical Research. Dr. Dember conducts patient-oriented research in chronic kidney disease with a particular focus on interventions to improve clinical outcomes for patients treated with maintenance hemodialysis. She has held leadership roles in several multi-center clinical trials and observational studies including the Dialysis Access Consortium, the Hemodialysis Fistula Maturation Study, the Hemodialysis Novel Therapies Consortium, and the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort study, all funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). As the Principal Investigator for the NIH Time to Reduce Mortality in End-Stage Renal Disease trial (TiME), Dr. Dember played an important role in introducing to the Nephrology community large pragmatic trials embedded in clinical care delivery, an effort that she is continuing as a Co-Investigator for the NIDDK HiLo trial. Dr. Dember chaired the American Society of Nephrology Dialysis Advisory Group, and she served as a Co-Editor, and now as a Deputy Editor, for the American Journal of Kidney Diseases. Dr. Dember received her medical degree from the Yale School of Medicine, and she completed her residency training at the University of Pennsylvania, and her fellowship training at the University of Pennsylvania and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Past J. Michael Lazarus Lecture Recipients:
2019 - Beth Piraino, MD
2018 - Alan S. Kliger, MD
2017 - Paul M. Palevsky, MD
2016 - Ramesh Khanna, MD, FACP and Karl Nolph, MD.
2015 - Fredric Finkelstein, MD, FNKF
2014 - Claudio Ronco, MD
2013 - Bradley A. Warady, MD, FNKF
2012 - Jonathan Himmelfarb, MD
2011 - John Dauguirdas, MD