Medical Advisory Board Distinguished Service Award

Sankar Niranjan, MD, FASN

Chair - Medical Advisory Board

This award has been established to recognize an individual for their educational activities and community service in promoting the mission of the National Kidney Foundation on a local level. 

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Dr. Sankar Niranjan is a nephrologist in practice from Bloomfield CT and has also served as the Chair of the MAB serving Connecticut since 2009. He obtained his medical degree from the Kilpauk Medical College, India. He completed his medical residencies in the UK and the University of Connecticut, where he served as a Chief Medical Resident and a nephrology fellow. He has been volunteering with the NKF since 2002. He has been in a busy clinical practice since 2004 providing compassionate kidney care in the Hartford area and has actively mentored dozens of young physicians/nephrology trainees over the years as a community-based faculty at the UCONN School of Medicine. He has authored multiple posters and publications in peer-reviewed journals/international conferences.


He is passionate about the prevention and early detection of kidney disease and was actively engaged in the KEEP programs in Connecticut, facilitating screenings at inner-city community events and minority places of worship. He has conducted kidney disease screening camps across southern India for poor patients in the rural areas over the last 5 years using the KEEP as a template – screening over 500 patients. His primary interest is in global and preventive nephrology.

Past Medical Advisory Board Distinguished Service Award Recipients:

  • 2023: Ana Ricardo, MD, MPH, MS