Shaul G. Massry Distinguished Lecture

Suzanne Watnick, MD, FASN

Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle

This lectureship was established to honor Dr. Shaul G. Massry for his scientific achievements and his contributions to the kidney healthcare community and to the National Kidney Foundation.


Suzanne Watnick, MD is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is a practicing nephrologist at the Puget Sound Veterans Administration (VA), specializing in care for those with chronic kidney disease, including end-stage kidney disease.  She has extensive experience in the oversight of provision of care for ESKD patients both at the VA and in Washington state regarding all aspects of care delivery, having served as the Chief Medical Officer at Northwest Kidney Centers until 2023.


She has served on several national advisory boards, including the VA Renal Field Advisory Committee, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Policy and Advocacy Committee, and the ASN Quality Committee, and the ASN Home Dialysis Task Force, addressing legislative and regulatory policy concerns. She has worked on many quality and payment issues related to dialysis, such as the rollout of bundled care to present day issues around value-based care programs and implementation of new guidelines.


She continues to teach medical residents and nephrology fellows about dialysis care, previously serving as Nephrology Program Director at OHSU for over a decade.  Also, she has served as the primary liaison for research operations between the Kidney Research Institute and Northwest Kidney Centers.


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Past Shaul G. Massry Distinguished Lecture Recipients:

  • 2023: Susan Hedayati, MD, MHSc, FASN
  • 2022: Jennifer Flythe, MD, MPH
  • 2021: James Lash, MD
  • 2020: Joachim Ix, MD
  • 2019: Gregory Germino, MD
  • 2018: Krista L. Lentine, MD, PhD
  • 2017: Raymond R. Townsend, MD
  • 2016: Linda Fried, MD, MPH
  • 2015: Michael Emmett, MD, MACP
  • 2014: Mark J. Sarnak, MD, MS
  • 2013: Barry I. Freedman, MD
  • 2012: Ravi Thadhani, MD, MPH
  • 2011: Glenn M. Chertow, MD
  • 2010: Allan J. Collins, MD, FACP
  • 2009: Mohamed Sayegh, MD
  • 2008: Tom Greene, PhD
  • 2007: Eberhard Ritz, MD
  • 2006: Giuseppe Remuzzi, MD, FRCP
  • 2005: Edmund J. Lewis, MD
  • 2004: Hans-Henrik Parvin, MD, DMSC
  • 2003: Robert Alpern, MD
  • 2002: Joseph V. Bonventre, MD, PhD
  • 2001: Andrzej S. Krolewski, MD, PhD
  • 2000: Richard J. Glassock, MD
  • 1999: Giuseppe Bianchi
  • 1998: Josephine Briggs, MD
  • 1997: Gary E. Striker, MD
  • 1996: Alfred Michael, MD