Program Committee

Program Committee

Special thank you to all the dedicated professionals who contributed to the formation of our program for the 2023 Spring Clinical Meetings.

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Physician Program Planning Committee

Program Chair

Bernard Jaar, MD, MPH

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Program Co-Chair

Michelle Estrella, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine

University of California, San Francisco

San Francisco, CA


Beatrice Concepcion, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Nashville, TN


Alessia Fornoni, MD, PhD

Katz Professor of Medicine

University of Miami

Miami, FL

Patient Engagement

Jamie Green, MD, MS

Associate Physician
Geisinger Health System

Danville, PA

Electrolytes/Acid Base

Melanie Hoenig, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Boston, MA

Fellows & Residents Activities

Sam Kant, MD

Transplant Nephrology Fellow
Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD



Clinical Professor of Medicine

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, IL


Nelson Leung, MD

Professor of Medicine

Mayo Clinic

Rochester, MN


Eugene Lin, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

Clinical Pharmacy

Calvin Meaney, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Research

University of Buffalo

Buffalo, NY


Rupal Mehta, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Northwestern Medicine Feinberg School of Medicine

Chicago, IL

Public Health/Disparities

Anthony Muiru, MD, MPH


University of California, San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

Vascular Access

Louise Moist, MD, MSc, CCPE

Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology

Western University

London, Canada

AKI/Critical Care

Javier A. Neyra, MD, MSCS

Associate Professor

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, AL

Education Innovation

Leticia Rolon, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine

University of California, San Francisco

San Francisco, CA


J. Kevin Tucker, MD

Vice President of Education
Mass General Brigham

Boston, MA

Home Dialysis

Jeffrey H. William, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Harvard Medical School

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Boston, MA

Palliative Care

Susan P. Y. Wong, MD, MS

Assistant Professor
University of Washington

Seattle, WA

Chief Medical Officer

Joseph Vassalotti, MD, FNKF

Clinical Professor

National Kidney Foundation

New York, NY

NKF President

Sylvia Rosas, MD, MSCE

Associate Professor of Medicine

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

Council of Nephrology Social Workers Planning Committee

Program Chair

Elizabeth Jones, MSW, LCSW, FNKF

Divisional Lead Social Worker
DaVita Ashburn

Fairfax Station, VA

Program Co-Chair

Lisa Hall, MSSW, LICSW

Patient Services Director
Comagine Health ESRD Network 16

Seattle, WA

Renee Bova-Collis, MSW, LCSW

Patient Services Director
Quality Insights Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition

Richmond, VA

Mary Beth Callahan, ACSW/LCSW-APHSW-C

Supportive Care Team Program Manager

Dallas Nephrology Associates

Dallas, TX

Kristen Fischer, MSW, LMSW, NSW-C

Transplant Social Worker

CE Review Chair
Sanford Health System
Fargo, ND

Kathy Merritt, LCSW, FNKF

Social Work Services Manager
Satellite Healthcare

San Jose, CA

Kristi Robinson, LCSW

Pediatric Kidney Transplant Social Worker

Dell Children's Ascension

Austin, TX

Michelle Rowlett, MSW, LICSW

Social Work Supervisor

Puget Sound Kidney Centers

Seattle, WA

Council of Nephrology Nurses and Technicians Planning Committee

Program Chair

Jo Ann Otts, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FNKF

Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
University of South Alabama

Mobile, AL

Program Co-Chair

Leonor Ponferrada, BSN, RN, CNN

Education Coordinator
University of Missouri, Department of Medicine

Columbia, MO

Carolyn Atkins, BS, RN, CCTC, FNKF


Dallas, TX

Laurie Amburn, RN, BA, CNN

Clinical Education Manager
Henry Ford Health System – Greenfield Health Systems

Bingham Farms, MI

Danilo B. Concepcion, CBNT, CCHT-A, FNKF

Operations Manager, Renal Services
Providence St. Joseph Hospital

Orange, CA

Cheyenne Fasce, BSN, RN, FNP-S

ICU Travel Nurse

AMN Health Network

Brewerton, NY

Joseph Sala, BSc, ED, CHT, CWR, CWS

Senior Director
Mount Sinai Kidney Programs

Middletown, NJ

Cynthia Russell, Ph.D., RN, FAAN


University of Missouri in Kansas City 

New London, MO

Forest Rawls, CCHT-A, FNKF

Chair Elect, Executive Committee

Vascular Access coordinator

Emory Dialysis Clinics

Atlanta, GA 

Council on Renal Nutrition Planning Committee

Program Chair

Brittany Sparks, RDN, CSR

Founder, Dietitian
Nutrition by Brittany, LLC

Westminster, CO

Program Co-Chair

Melissa Young, MS, RDN, CSR, LD

VA Renal Dietitian

Young and Nourished LLC

Asheville, NC

Lauren Budd Levy, MS, RDN, CSR

Renal Dietitian / Owner

Happy Health Nutrition LLC

Summit, NJ

Desiree de Waal, MS, RD, CD, FAND

Renal Dietitian / Research Coordinator
University of Vermont Medical Center

Burlington, VT

Meredith Larsen, MS, RDN, LD, FNKF

Nutrition Services Program Manager
DaVita, Inc.

Cedar Park, TX

Christina Nelms, MS, RDN, LMNT

Pediatric Renal Nutrition Consultant and Educator

PedsFeeds LLC and University of Nebraska

Kearney, NE

Rory Pace, MPH, RD, FAND

Senior Director, Nutrition Services
Satellite Healthcare

Gilroy, CA

Cassandra Parker, MS, RD, LD

Regional Lead Dietitian
DeSoto Regional Dialysis (ARA)

DeSoto, TX

Council of Advanced Practice Providers Planning Committee

Program Chair

Marlene Shaw-Gallagher, MS, PA-C

Assistant Professor
University of Detroit Mercy

Farmington Hills, MI

Program Co-Chair

Sherry Rivera, DNP, APRN, ANP-C

Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing
Louisiana State University Health New Orleans School of Nursing

New Orleans, LA

Laurie Benton, PhD, MPAS, PA-C, RN, FNKF

Physician Assistant
Baylor Scott and White Medical Center

Temple, TX

Alison Kaprove, MS, PA-C

Certified Nephrology Specialist
Tufts Medical Center, Division of Nephrology

Boston, MA

Kathleen Mallett, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, CNN-NP, FNKF

APRN Division of Nephrology: Dialysis and Kidney Transplant

Children’s Mercy Kansas City

Kansas City, MO 

Belbina Pereira, AGNP-C, CNN-NP

Nephrology Nurse Practitioner

NYU Langone

New York, NY