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

Gary Curhan, MD
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, MA

The Shaul G. Massry Distinguished Lecture

Joachim H. Ix, MD, MAS
University of California, San Diego
San Diego, CA

The David M. Hume Memorial Award

Josephine Briggs, MD
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD

The Garabed Eknoyan Award

Kerry Willis, PhD
National Kidney Foundation
New York, NY

The J. Michael Lazarus Distinguished Award

Laura Dember, MD
University of Pennsylvania – Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA

The Joel D. Kopple Award

Connie Rhee MD, MSc
University of California Irvine School of Medicine
Irvine, CA

The Excellence in Kidney Transplantation Award

Gabriel Danovitch, MD
Medical Director for Organ Operations, OneLegacy Organ Procurement Organization
Los Angeles, CA

The Medical Advisory Board Distinguished Service Award

Wendy St. Peter, PharmD
University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy
Minneapolis, MN

The Carol Mattix Award

Teri Jo Kinnison, RN, BS, CNN
DaVita Kidney Care
Tempe, AZ

Celeste Castillo Lee Patient Engagement Award

Erich Ditschman
Kidney Patient Advocate
East Lansing, MI

Public Service Award

Secretary Alex M. Azar II
HHS Office of the Secretary

Council Awards


Council of Advanced Practitioners

Council of Nephrology Social Workers

Council of Nephrology Nurses and Technicians

Council on Renal Nutrition