Program Committee

Program Committee

Special thank you to all the dedicated professionals who contributed to the formation of our program for the 2022 Spring Clinical Meetings.

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Physician Program Planning Committee

Program Chair

Tara Chang, MD, MS

Division Chief and Associate Professor of Medicine
Stanford University Medical Center

Stanford, CA

Program Co-Chair

Bernard Jaar, MD, MPH

Senior Staff Nephrologist
Nephrology Center of Maryland
Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD


Jordana Cohen, MD, MSCE

Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Philadelphia, PA


Beatrice Concepcion, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Nashville, TN

Public Health/Disparities

Nwamaka Eneanya, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Patient Engagement

Jamie Green, MD, MS

Associate Physician
Geisinger Health System

Danville, PA

Clinical Pharmacy

Melanie Joy, PharmD, PhD

Professor, Pharmaceutical Science Innovation and Commercialization Director
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Aurora, CO

Fellows & Residents Activities

Sam Kant, MD

Transplant Nephrology Fellow
Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD


Richard Lafayette, MD

Professor of Medicine
Stanford University Medical Center

Stanford, CA


Sheron Latcha, MD

Associate Attending, Renal Service
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

New York, NY


Eugene Lin, MD, MS

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

Los Angeles, CA

Education Innovation

Jennie Lin, MD, MTR

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Northwestern Medicine Feinberg School of Medicine

Chicago, IL


Rupal Mehta, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Northwestern Medicine Feinberg School of Medicine

Chicago, IL

AKI/Critical Care

Javier A. Neyra, MD, MSCS

Associate Professor
University of Kentucky Medical Center

Lexington, KY

Electrolytes/Acid Base

Helbert Rondon, MD, MS, FNKF

Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Pittsburgh, PA

Vascular Access

Aisha Shaikh, MD

Interventional Nephrology

Associate Professor of Medicine / Nephrology
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Weill Cornell Medical College

Bronx, NY

Home Dialysis

Jenny Shen, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Torrance, CA


J. Kevin Tucker, MD

Vice President of Education
Mass General Brigham

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

Paul Palevsky, MD

Professor of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Pittsburgh, PA

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

Kathy Merritt, LCSW, FNKF

Social Work Services Manager
Satellite Healthcare

San Jose, CA

Neeta Joshi, LMSW, NSW-C

Kidney Transplant Social Worker
Baylor Scott & White Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute

Dallas, Texas

Matt Butler, LMSW

Clinical Social Worker, Pediatric Nephrology
C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Michele Anthony, LCSW, MSA

Nephrology Social Worker

Pensacola, FL

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

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

Fairhope, 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

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

Senior Director
Mount Sinai Kidney Programs

Middletown, NJ

Donna Lockleer, BSN, RN, CNN

Hemodialysis/TPE Systems Manager
Roper St. Francis Healthcare

Charleston, SC

Dietitian Planning Committee

Program Chair

Melissa Prest, DCN, RDN, CSR, LDN

Foundation Dietitian
National Kidney Foundation of Illinois

Chicago, IL

Program CO-Chair

Brittany Sparks, RDN, CSR

Founder, Dietitian
Nutrition by Brittany, LLC

Westminster, CO

Cassandra Parker, MS, RD, LD

Renal Dietitian
DeSoto Regional Dialysis (ARA)

DeSoto, TX

Christine Benedetti, MS, RDN, CSR, LD

Renal Dietitian
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Atlanta, GA

Meredith Larsen, MS, RDN, LD, FNKF

Nutrition Services Program Manager
DaVita, Inc.

Cedar Park, TX

Rory Pace, MPH, RD, FAND

Corporate Director of Nutrition Services
Satellite Healthcare

Gilroy, CA

Susanna Slukhinsky, RD, CSR, CDN

Clinical Dietitian
Susanna Slukhinsky Nutrition

Brooklyn, NY

Desiree de Waal, MS, RD, CD, FAND

Renal Dietitian / Research Coordinator
University of Vermont Medical Center

Burlington, VT

Advanced Practitioners 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

Stephanie Mahooty, DNP, ANP-C

Nurse Practitioner
Renal Medicine Associates

Albuquerque, NM

Alison Kaprove, MS, PA-C

Certified Nephrology Specialist
Tufts Medical Center, Division of Nephrology

Boston, MA

Sabrina Yezak, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Nurse Practitioner
Baylor Scott and White Medical Center – Temple

Temple, TX