Martin Wagner Memorial Award

In Memory of Jerry Yee, MD, FNKF

Henry Ford Medical Center & Greenfield Health Systems

The Martin Wagner Memorial Award is the highest honor the Foundation can bestow on a volunteer. The award was established in 1975 to honor exceptional volunteers of the National Kidney Foundation who have given countless hours on behalf of its programs and devoted themselves to helping the NKF reach its goals and serve the people who benefit from its services.


Dr. Jerry Yee, MD, was the Division Head of Nephrology and Hypertension of the Henry Ford Hospital and Chief Medical Officer of the Greenfield Health Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary and dialysis provider of the health care system. Dr. Yee was also a Clinical Professor of the Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI. Dr. Yee’s career spanned nearly 3 decades and he participated in scholarly activity as a basic scientist and clinical researcher, as well as an educator. Dr. Yee published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers, chapters, and book chapters. In his career, Dr. Yee  held multiple leadership positions, regionally, nationally and internationally. He lectured nationally and internationally in the fields of chronic kidney disease, acid-base/electrolyte disturbances, and diabetic kidney disease.


The National Kidney Foundation continues to mourn Dr. Yee, who passed in June, 2022. A statement from Kevin Longino, CEO of NKF follows:


“Dr. Jerry Yee was a true leader in nephrology. We’ve had the honor of recognizing Dr. Yee’s work twice. First as a Kidney Crusader Award winner from NKF of Michigan, and as the 2019 recipient of the Donald F. Seldin Award, one of our organization’s highest honors that recognizes excellence in clinical nephrology.  He was a true friend to NKF and will be deeply missed.”