Recognition & Awards

The National Kidney Foundation awards those health care professionals who have made significant contributions to the field of kidney disease. Distinguished award winners are recognized onsite at a special President's Dinner. Professional Council awards are distributed onsite at the respective Networking Luncheons.


The Donald W. Seldin Award

Mark Perazella, MD
Yale University School of Medicine and West Haven VA Medical Center
West Haven, Connecticut

The Shaul G. Massry Distinguished Lecture

Dr. James Lash
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Medicine
Chicago, IL

The David M. Hume Memorial Award

Paul K. Whelton, MB, MD, MSc
Show Chwan Health System Endowed Chair in Global Public Health
New Orleans, LA

The Garabed Eknoyan Award

Jessica Joseph, MBA
National Kidney Foundation
New York, NY

The J. Michael Lazarus Distinguished Award

Kirsten L. Johansen, MD
Hennepin Healthcare
Minneapolis, MN

The Joel D. Kopple Award

Shivam Joshi, MD
NYC Health + Hospitals
New York, NY

The Excellence in Kidney Transplantation Award

Krista Lentine, MD, PhD
Saint Louis University
St. Louis, MO

The Medical Advisory Board Distinguished Service Award

Shubha Ahya, MD
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

The Carol Mattix Award

Maria Rosley de Claro, RN, BSN, CNN
Fresenius Kidney Care
Chicago, IL

Celeste Castillo Lee Patient Engagement Award

Curtis H. Warfield
Kidney Patient Advocate

Public Service Award

Aliza Thompson, MD, MS
Deputy Director of the Division of Cardiology and Nephrology, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Council Awards


Council of Advanced Practitioners

Council of Nephrology Social Workers

Council of Nephrology Nurses and Technicians

Council on Renal Nutrition