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Friday, March 3, 2023

7:55 am Welcome – Steven Alexander, MD 

Session 1

8:00 am-10:00 am

Moderator(s):  Bradley Warady, MD, Jessica Geer, MSN, C-PNP, CNN, NP, RN

8:00     Peritoneal and Vascular Access – Mary Brandt, MD
8:30     Physiology of Blood Purification – Jordan Symons, MD
9:00     PD Prescription & Adequacy MonitoringAnnabelle Chua, MD
9:30     HD Prescription & Adequacy Monitoring – Cherry Mammen, MD
10:00    Break

Session 2

10:30-12:00 pm

Moderator(s): Steven Alexander, MD and Amy Nau, MBA, MSN, RN, CNN, NE-BC

10:30    Cardiovascular Complications – Franz Schaefer, MD
11:00    Pediatric Dialysis Nutrition Guidelines – Kirsten McFadyen, RD
11:30    Management of CKD-MBD in Pediatric Patients- The Basics – Justine Bacchetta, MD
12:00    Break

Session 3:  Breakout Sessions I

1:00-2:45 pm 

Fellows Case Conference – Stump the Consultants

Moderator(s): John Mahan, MD 

Consultants: Jordan Symons, MD, Meredith Atkinson, MD, Cherry Mammen, MD, Annabelle Chua, MD, Elizabeth Harvey, MD

1:00pm   Welcome: John Mahan, MD

1:05pm  Case #1: Nick Selvathesan, MD – The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids),  University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

1:30pm  Case #2:  Paola Zayas, MD – Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

1:55pm Case #3: Jenn Nhan, MD – Children’s National, Washington, DC, USA

2:20pm Case 4:  Mary Hauswirth Borst, MD – Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia

Nursing Breakout I

Round Table: What Nurses Need to Know

1:00-2:45 pm

Moderator(s): Katie Plomaritas, BSN, RN

1:00     HD Catheters – Jessica Geer, MSN, C-PNP, CNN, NP, RN
1:30     AVF/AVGs/Vein Preservation – Tyson Moore, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
2:00     PD Catheters – Brandy Begin, BSN, MBA, RN, CNN
2:30     Discussion

RD’s Breakout I

1:00-2:45 pm

Moderator(s): Kirsten McFadyen, RD

Introduction to Resources for Pediatric Renal RD – Nonnie Polderman, BSc, RD


Session 4

3:00-4:30 pm

Moderators(s): Alicia Neu, MD, Brandy Begin, BSN, MBA, RN, CNN

3:00     Major Infectious Complications – Mahima Keswani, MD
3:30     Renal Anemia: The Basics – Meredith Atkinson, MD
4:00     Non-infectious Complications – Elizabeth Harvey, MD
4:30     Adjourn

Friday, March 3, 2023

HD Fundamentals

HD Fundamentals

Welcome:  Madhukar Misra, MD, FRCP (UK), FACP, FASN

Moderator: Madhukar Misra, MD, FRCP (UK), FACP, FASN

8:30 am-5:00 pm

8:30     Intradialytic Hypotension – John Daugirdas, MD FASN

9:15     Understanding Flux in Dialysis – Madhukar Misra, MD, FRCP (UK), FASN

10:00    Vascular Access Monitoring – Anil Agarwal, MD, FASN, FNKF, FASDIN

10:45    Break

Moderator: ANIL AGARWAL 

11:15    Management of High Flow AVF – Viraj Pandit, MD

12:00    Hyponatremia in HD: Newer Concepts – Bernard Canaud, MD, PhD

12:30    Lunch

Moderator: G SAAB

1:30     Potassium Control in Dialysis Patients: Does it Matter? – Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, MD PhD, MPH

2:15     How to Add Residual Renal Function to Dialysis Dose – John Daugirdas, MD, FASN

3:00     Eating During Hemodialysis and in the Dialysis Unit – Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, MD PhD, MPH

3:30     Essentials of Managing a Hypertensive HD Patient – Edward Horwitz, MD

4:15     Discussion

5:00     Adjourn

Friday, March 3, 2023

Home Dialysis

Home Dialysis Pre-conference

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Welcome: Leonor Ponferrada, BSN, RN

Moderator:  Eugene Lin, MD

8:00     Past, Present and Future of Home Dialysis-Related Policies and Legislation – Eugene Lin, MD

8:30     Panel Discussion: Understanding and Successfully Implementing New Policy Initiatives

Panelists:  Brent Miller, MD; Eric Weinhandl, PhD; Suzanne Watnick, MD, FASN

9:30     Break

Moderator: Susanne Watnick, MD, FASN

10:00    Reshaping Dialysis Care for Decades to Come – Brigitte Schiller, MD, FACP, FASN

10:45    Transformation of Nephrology Practice  to Improve Care- Leslie Wong, MD, MBA, FACP, FASN

11:15    Panel Discussion:  Leslie Wong, MD, MBA, FACP, FASN, Brigitte Schiller, MD, FACP, FASN, Mark Shapiro, MD

12:00    Lunch

Moderator: Anjay Rastogi, MD, PhD

1:00     Forum on the Role of the ESKD Team

Discussants:  Anjay Rastogi, MD, PhD; Graham Abra, MD; Lisa Koester, ANP, CNN-NP; Mihran Naljayan, MD, FASN, FNKF

2:00     Effective Education and Training of Home Dialysis Care Providers

Nephrology Fellows – Maria Camilla Bermudez, MD

Nurses – Lisa Koester, ANP, CNN-NP

Physicians – Christopher Chan, MD, FRCPC

3:00     Break

Moderator:  Brigitte Schiller, MD, FACP, FASN

3:15     Recent Breaking Trends in Home Dialysis – Eric Weinhandl, PhD

3:45     Best of the Home Dialysis Literature – Graham Abra, MD

4:15     Value-based Home Dialysis Care – Growing a Home Program: Adding Value for Patients, Care Partners, and Providers – Michael Kraus, MD, FACP

4:45     Discussion

5:00     Adjourn

Friday, March 3, 2023

Online Only

Special Session: To the Hospital and Beyond: A Special Program on Child Life and Dialysis

To The Hospital and Beyond: A Special Program on Child Life and Dialysis

Program Description:  Child Life Specialists (CLS) are members of the health care team who provide support for patients and their family members throughout their hospital journey. Their services and support vary depending on the needs of each individual patient and family that they encounter. CLS have special expertise to educate and work alongside the interdisciplinary team.  Some of their activities include utilizing therapeutic play to allow the child to understand their time in the hospital system,  preparing patients for what they are going to experience in the hospital to promote positive coping, assisting with pain management techniques and how to empower a patient to do difficult tasks in addition to supporting the family throughout this journey.  All these interactions are guided by the CLS’s knowledge of child development.

The goal of this special program is to provide a forum to share information of the roles of Child Life Specialists (CLS) in Nephrology with fellow Nephrology Practitioners and foster an exchange of ideas on how this group of professionals can best support and serve the unique patient population they care for.

8:00-5:00 pm 

Topics and Presentations 

  • Hope for Henry: Empowering Children to be Actively Engaged in their Care – Carolyn Fung, CCLS, and Kelly Beck, CCLS

Hope for Henry is a non-profit organization that utilizes incentive-based systems to empower children with serious illnesses to actively participate in their own care.

  • Professional Collaboration in Managing Psychosocial Issues in Chronically Ill Children – Cortney Zimmerman, PhD
    • Psychosocial
    • Social Services
    • Child Life Specialists
  • Patient Panel: The Patients’ Stories – Robin Davis, CCLS, and Amanda Porter, MS, CCLS
    • Patients from both Texas Children’s and Children’s Mercy in Kansas City will be providing pre-recorded conversations.
  • Strategies to Improve Transition to Adult Care – Robin Davis, CCLS
    • Texas Children’s Transition Pathway
  • Integrating the Roles of a CLS in Nephrology Care – Amanda Porter, MS, CCLS
    • Defining the different roles of a CLS in Nephrology

Saturday, March 4, 2023

General Session:  Tributes and Keynote Presentations

8:00 am-10:00 am

8:00      Welcome

      • Ramesh Khanna, MD –  Professor of Medicine, UMC School of Medicine and ADC Conference Chair
      • Richard J. Barohn, MD – Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs/Hugh E and Sarah D Stephenson Dean, UMC School of Medicine
      • Steven Alexander, MD – Professor and Chief, Pediatric Nephrology, Stanford University School of Medicine Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, Co-Chair ADC Pediatric Program
      • Anjay Rastogi, MD, PhD – Professor and Clinical Chief of Nephrology, the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

8:15      Tribute to Christopher Blagg – Suzanne Watnick, MD, FASN

8:30      Tribute to Andreas Pierratos – Christopher Chan, MD, FRCPC

Keynote Presentations:

8:45      Health Disparities in Chronic Kidney Disease – Unini Odama, MD, MPH

9:25      The Electronic Health Record: The Thing We Love to Hate and What it Means for Clinician Well-being – Robert Pauly, MD

10:00    Break

Saturday, March 4

Mini-Symposium on CKD MBD in Hemodialysis Patients


Moderator: John Daugirdas, MD, FASN

10:30    Essentials of Phosphate Management: Dialysis, Residual Renal Function, Diet and Binders – John Daugirdas, MD, FASN

11:10    How to Treat Hyperphosphatemia with Phosphate Binders – Georges Saab, MD

11:50    Discussion

12:00    Lunch

PD Fundamentals


Moderator: Graham Abra, MD

10:30   Is PET Still Relevant in Current Clinical Practice? Peter Blake, MD, FRCPC, FRCPI

11:00   Pathophysiology of PD Membrane Fibrosis and Best Practices for Membrane Preservation – Simon Davies, MBBS, MD, FRCP

11:30   PD Adequacy and Beyond: What Should We Measure? – Jeffrey Perl, MD, FRCP

12:00   Break

Innovations in PD


Moderator: Preethi Yerram, MD, FASN

10:30    Precision Medicine in PD: Bio-PD – Rajnish Mehrotra, MD, FASN

11:00     Remote Monitoring in PD – Vikram Aggarwal, MD

11:30    Early Detection of PD Peritonitis – Ross Betts, MD

12:00    Break

Nuts and Bolts of Urgent Start PD  


Moderator: Nupur Gupta, MD

10:30    Coordination of Care Among Providers: Managing Acute Care Patients – Mihran Naljayan, MD, FASN, FNKF and Michelle Cassin, RN, CPDN

10:10    Catheter Placement – Rajeev Narayan, MD

11:30    Procedures and Protocols – Lisa Koester, ANP, CNN-NP

11:50    Discussion

12:00    Break

Implementing Evidence-based Clinical Practice


Presented in Cooperation with Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO)

Moderator: Ramesh Khanna, MD

2:00     Symptom Assessment in Dialysis Patients – Jenny Flythe, MD

2:30     Q and A

2:40     Reducing the Burden of Symptoms – Rajnish Mehrotra, MD

3:10     Q and A

3:20     Systems-Level Opportunities Symptom Management – Mark Unruh, MD

3:50     Q and A

4:00     Adjourn

Workshop: PD Prescription Workshop


Moderator: Anjay Rastogi, MD, PhD

Speakers: Anjay Rastogi, MD, PhD, Ramesh Khanna, MD and Jeffrey Perl, MD, FRCP

Peritoneal dialysis prescription involves more than just adjusting prescription to meet target KT/V urea or creatinine clearances.  Areas that not emphasized enough include BP control, and fluid and electrolytes balances and fluid management. This workshop will help you recognize important factors to consider when prescribing PD.  Additionally, we will point out the 10 common mistakes made when prescribing PD.

PD Fundamentals – PD access


Moderator: Osama El Shamy, MD

2:00      Traditional vs Embedded PD Catheter Insertion: What Are the Outcomes?  John Crabtree, MD

2:30     Surgical Laparoscopic vs Percutaneous PD Catheter Placement – Rajeev Narayan, MD

3:00      Surgical Management of Common Mechanical and Infectious Complications – John Crabtree, MD

3:30      Practical Approach to Create and Maintain a Successful PD Catheter – Shweta Bansal, MD, FASN

3:55       Discussion

4:00     Adjourn

Value-Based Care in Nephrology Part 1 


Moderator: Andrew Howard, MD

2:00     What Is Value-based Care? – Terry Ketchersid, MD, MBA

2:30     CMS Voluntary Payment Models: KCF, CKCC – Andrew Howard, MD, FACP

3:00     CMS Mandatory Payment Model: ESRD Treatment Choices – Michael Kraus, MD, FACP

3:30     Panel Discussion – Terry Ketchersid, MD, MBA; Michael Kraus, MD, FACP, Kevin Erickson, MD

4:00     Adjourn

Tools of Trade: Impact of HD Technology on Patient Outcomes


Moderator: Madhukar Misra, FRCP (UK), FASN

2:00     Monitoring Lung Congestion: What Can We Learn from the CHF Model? – Sandip Mitra MD, FRCP 

2:40     Clinical Significance of Achievable Reductions in B2 M levels – Are We Making a Difference? – Bernard Canaud, MD, PhD

3:20     Expanded Hemodialysis and Clinical Outcomes – Sandip Mitra MD, FRCP 

3:50     Discussion

4:00     Adjourn

Home Dialysis Candidacy: Is It Changing?


Moderator: LaVonne Burrows, MSN, RN

10:30     Does One Size Fits All in PD? – Marcos Rothstein, MD

11:10     A Patient’s Kidney Life Plan: Values-based Treatment Matcher – Dori Schatell, MS

11:50     Discussion

12:00     Break

Sunday, March 5, 2023

Patient Reported Outcomes in HD


Moderator: Andrew Davenport, MD

8:00     Evolution of Patient-reported Outcomes and HD Practice – Mark Unruh, MD, MS

8:30     Depression on HD: Are We Managing It Better? – Rajnish Mehrotra, MD, FASN

9:00     Offering Conservative Care: Perceptions and Barriers – Edwina Brown, MD

9:30     Discussion

10:00    Break

Improving the Opportunities for Patient Success in Home Dialysis


Moderator: Lisa Koester, ANP, CNN-NP

8:00     Are We Making Appropriate Assessments of the Potential Home Patient? – Lisa Koester, ANP, CNN-NP

8:30     Are Patients and Care Partners Provided with Appropriate Tools for Shared Decision-Making Regarding Choice of Renal Replacement Therapy? Dori Schatell, MS

9:00     Are We Providing Optimum Learning and Retention During Training?  Sharon Ayers, RN

9:30     Are Patients Receiving Adequate Support on Home Dialysis?   Joanna Neumann, BSN, RN

10:00    Break

ICU Dialysis


Moderator: Georges Saab, MD

10:30    CRRT Fundamentals: An Evidence Based Journey-When, What, How Much?  Charuhas Thakar, MD

11:00    Management of AKI Due to Sepsis – Andrew Davenport, MD FRCP

11:30    Dialysis-Induced Systemic Stress: Pathogenesis and Risk Mitigation – Bernard Canaud, MD, PhD

12:00    Lunch

Value-based Care Part 2


Moderator: Bijal Patel, MD

10:30    What Can a Value-based Care Company Offer Nephrologists and their Patients? – Stanley Crittenden, MD

11:00    How Could an Academic Center Approach Value-based Care?  C. Michael Chaknos, MD, MHSP

11:30    Is Value-based Care an Antidote to the Over-taxed Nephrologist? – Bijal Patel, MD

12:00    Break

Fellows Forum


Moderator: Maria Camilla Bermudez

Judges: Vikram Aggarwal, MD; Maria Camilla Bermudez, MD; Anjay Rastogi, MD, PhD

2:00-2:30 Special Lecture – Mark Unruh, MD

2:30-2:45 A Missed Cause of High Output Cardiac Failure in a Kidney Transplant Recipient – Srilekha Sridhara, MD

2:45-2:50 Questions

2:50-3:05 Potential Value of Cystatin C as a Biomarker for Monitoring Renal Function in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy – Muddassar Mahboob, MD

3:05-3:10 Questions

3:10-3:25 Hemodialysis Induced Asthma Exacerbation: Case Report – Sameena Hameed

3:25-3:30 Questions

3:30-3:45 Recurrent Pleural Effusions in a Peritoneal Dialysis Patient Requiring Pleurodesis – Maggy Marie Spolnik, MD

3:45-3:50 Questions

3:40-4:30 Break Early

4:30-4:45 New Onset of Shortness of Breath in a Peritoneal Dialysis Patient – Christian Nehme, MD

4:45-4:50 Questions

4:50-5:05 Outcome of Hemodialysis in Amyloidosis, Experience, and the Future – Zaid Al-Dahabrah, MD

5:05-5:10 Questions

5:10-5:25 Cloudy Effluent in a Peritoneal Dialysis Patient – Yesha Shah, DO

5:25-5:30 Questions

5:30-5:40 Judges Convene

5:40 Announce Winner/Adjourn

Dealing with Challenges Non-traditional Patients Present


Moderator: LaVonne Burrows, MS, RN

2:00     Overview and Case Presentation – Lisa Koester, ANP, CNN-NP

2:15     Understanding the Provider Perspective:  Quality Metrics Facilities Are Measured for Reimbursement, Safety of Staff – Julie Williams, BSA

2:45     Understanding the Patient Perspective – Nieltje Gedney

3:15     Social Worker Role – Beth Witten, MSW, ACSW, LSCSW

3:40     Panel Discussion

4:00     Break

Session on HDF


Moderator: Preethi Yerram, MD

4:30     Unrecognized Benefits of HDF – Andrew Davenport, MD FRCP

5:00     Why is Adoption of HDF Lagging in the US? Thomas Golper

5:30     Adjourn

The Nephrology Workforce: Problems and Potential Solutions


Moderator: LaVonne Burrows, MS, RN

4:30     Implications of Nephrology Workforce Shortage for Dialysis Patient Care – Andrew Webb, DNP, FNP

4:50     Panel Discussion: Strategies to Overcome Staffing and Personnel Issues

Discussion will focus on potential solutions to staffing shortage and rapid turnover including time management, utilization of non-nursing staff in home programs, creative patient education strategies, etc.

Panelists:  Sharon Ayers, RN; Joanna Neumann, BSN, RN; Myra Becker, RN, CDN

5:30     Adjourn

Fellows Forum  



Intensity of Dialysis: Why Choose Incremental Dialysis


Moderator:  Eric Weinhandl, PhD

10:30    Transitioning to Incremental Dialysis and IncHVets Clinical Trial – Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, MD, PhD, MPH

10:50    Concerns about Incremental Dialysis – Christopher Chan, MD, FRCPC

11:10    Patient Perspective – Nieltje Gedney, BA

11:30    Discussion

12:00    Lunch

Vascular Access Cannulation for Home Dialysis

10:30 – 12:00

Moderator: Nupur Gupta, MD

10:30    Overview of Cannulation Techniques – Brent Miller, MD

10:50    Are Buttonholes Making a Comeback?  Maria Camilla Bermudez, MD

11:20    Cannulation Made Easy: Hands-on Demonstration – Michelle Carver, BSN, RN

12:00    Break

Monday, March 6, 2023

Acute Kidney Injury


Moderator: Laura Hesemann, MD

8:00     Dialysis Dependent AKI: Conveyer Belt vs Personalized Care?  Charuhas Thakar, MD

8:45     Delivery and Triaging of Dialysis for AKI in Satellite Dialysis Centers – Ian McCoy, MD

9:30     Discussion

10:00    Adjourn

Professional Empowerment Through Leadership

Joint Session with Renal Healthcare Association (RHA)

8:00-10:00 am

Moderator: Julie Williams, BSA

8:00     Professional Networking and Mentorship – Bridget Pfaff, MS

8:30     Key Elements in Leadership Development – William Poirer, MBA, RN

9:00     Delegation: Is This an Essential Skill in Leadership – Caprice Vanderkolk, RN, MS, BC-NE

9:30     Interactive Discussion

10:00    Break

PD Fundamentals: Case-based Presentations


Moderator: Shweta Bansal, MD

8:00     How to Prescribe Incremental PD?   Brent Miller, MD

8:30     Management of the Patient with UF Failure – Vikram Aggarwal, MD

9:00     Personalizing PD Prescription: Use of Shared Decision Making and SONG-PD Outcomes – Daniil Shimonov, MD

9:30     The Role of Tidal PD in Current Clinical Practice – Nupur Gupta, MD, MPH

10:00    Break

Peritonitis Management: Case-based Presentations


Moderator: Kunal Malhotra, MD

8:00     Prevention of Peritonitis: Best Practices – Matthew Rivara, MD

8:30     Treatment of Peritonitis: CAPD vs APD Patients – Vesh Srivatana, MD

9:00     Treatment of Relapsing and Recurring Peritonitis – Preethi Yerram, MD, FASN

9:30     When Should We Remove the PD Catheter? – Ramesh Khanna, MD

10:00    Break

HD in Special Situations


Moderator: John Daugirdas, MD

10:30    Approach to the Patient with Volume Overload and Intradialytic Hypotension – Michael Shoemaker-Moyle, MD

11:00    A Patient with Intradialytic Hypertension – Edward Horwitz, MD

11:30    A Pregnant Patient – Laura Hesemann MD

12:00    Adjourn

Managing Clinical Challenges in PD: Case-based Presentations


Moderator: Preethi Yerram, MD

10:30    PD Without Residual Renal Function: Should We Keep Going?  Shweta Bansal, MD, FASN

11:00    How to Start the Difficult Conversation:  When the PD Patient is Failing to Thrive – Peter Blake, MD, FRCPC, FRCPI

11:30    PD in Patients with Ascites – Nupur Gupta, MD

12:00    Adjourn

Workshop: Electrolyte Balance in PD Patients


Moderator: Kunal Malhotra, MD

Speaker: Ramesh Khanna, MD

This is a case-based workshop focusing on electrolytes transport across the peritoneal membrane during PD exchanges. You will learn that the volume of ultrafiltration predominantly determines the extent of Na losses during an exchange, whereas potassium losses are predominantly determined by the total drain volume. In a PD exchange, electrolytes and base net loss or gain is determined by both their gradient between capillary blood and dialysis solution and the net ultrafiltration volume. Understanding these concepts will allow you to develop a physiology-based PD prescription, including the type of PD solution to be used, and appropriate prescription when dietary changes are made and what PD prescription changes should be made when residual kidney function is reduced or lost.  

Sunday, March 5, 2023

ISPD-NAC Program

Presented in Cooperation with the North American Chapter of ISPD (NAC)


Moderator: Vesh Srivatana, MD

8:00     Presidential Address – Thomas Golper, MD

8:20     ISPD Peritonitis, 2022 Update on Prevention and Treatment – Matthew Rivara, MD

9:00     Standardizing Outcomes in Peritoneal Dialysis: What Does It All Mean? – Daniil Shiminov, MD

9:30     Q&A Panel Discussion

10:00    Break

Session 2


Moderator: Osama El Shamy

10:30    Supporting Home Dialysis Patients: What Can We Do Better? – Vesh Srivatana, MD

11:00    Perceptions of the Renal Team Members Towards Home Dialysis – Jeffrey Perl, MD, FASN

11:30    Q&A Panel Discussion

12:00    Lunch

Session 3


Moderator: Osama El Shamy, MD

2:00     Progress in Tackling Barriers to Home Dialysis in the United States – Osama El Shamy, MD

2:30     Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Home Dialysis – Katherine Rizzolo, MD

3:00     Early Nephrologist Performance in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System – Kevin Erickson, MD

3:45     Discussion

4:00     Break

Session 4


4:30     ISPD Business Meeting

5:00     Zellerman Award Presentation and Talk – Mortality Trends After Transfer from Home Dialysis: Can We Do Better? – Simon Davies, MBBS, MD, FRCP

5:45     Adjourn

Saturday, March 4, 2023

General Session:  Tributes and Keynote Presentations

8:00 am-10:00 am

8:00      Welcome

      • Ramesh Khanna, MD –  Professor of Medicine, UMC School of Medicine and ADC Conference Chair
      • Richard J. Barohn, MD – Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs/Hugh E and Sarah D Stephenson Dean, UMC School of Medicine
      • Steven Alexander, MD – Professor and Chief, Pediatric Nephrology, Stanford University School of Medicine Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, Co-Chair ADC Pediatric Program
      • Anjay Rastogi, MD, PhD – Professor and Clinical Chief of Nephrology, the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

8:15      Tribute to Christopher Blagg – Suzanne Watnick, MD, FASN

8:30      Tribute to Andreas Pierratos – Christopher Chan, MD, FRCPC

Keynote Presentations:

8:45      Health Disparities in Chronic Kidney Disease – Unini Odama, MD, MPH

9:25      The Electronic Health Record: The Thing We Love to Hate and What it Means for Clinician Well-being – Robert Pauly, MD

10:00    Break

Session 5 – Symposium on Neurocognitive Impact of Kidney Disease

Moderators(s):  Bradley Warady, MD; Brandy Begin, BSN, MBA, RN, CNN

10:30    Leveraging neuroimaging to understand brain structure and function in pediatric CKD/ESKD – Lyndsay Harshman, MD
11:00    Recognizing and Treating Psychosocial Dysfunction in the Child with CKD who has Impaired Neurocognition – Rebecca Johnson, PhD, ABBP
11:30    Building Executive Function Skills: A Toolbox for the Dialysis Team – Jessica Klein, MA, SLP

Session 6: Breakout Sessions II

2:00-4:00 pm

Best Abstracts

Moderator(s):  Bradley Warady, MD; Jessica Geer, MSN, C-PNP, CNN, NP, RN


Nursing Breakout II (RN and APPs)  
2:00 – 4:00 pm 

Surviving in Today’s World
Moderator(s): Amy Nau, MBA, MSN, RN, CNN, NE-BC

2:00     Lean Methodology/Human Factors – Felicity Pino, MS, BME, MPA
Case Study: Navigating Supply Chain Issues
Case Study: Staffing Shortages
4:00     Break

RD Breakout II

2:00-4:00 pm

Moderator(s):  Nonnie Polderman, BSc, RD

2:00     Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation for Pediatric Dialysis Patients – Caroline Anderson, PhD, RD
3:00     Carnitine Supplementation – Marisa Juarez-Calderon, RD
4:00     Break

Sunday, March 5, 2023

Pediatric Keynote Presentations

8:30-10:00 am
Moderators(s): Steven Alexander, MD

8:30     Towards Racial Justice in Pediatric Kidney Care – O.N. Ray Bignall ll, MD
9:15     What Matters Most: Goals of Care Discussions – Grant Smith, MD
10:00    Break

Session 7 – Hot Topics 

10:30 am-12:00 pm

Moderator(s): Franz Schafer, MD

10:30    Peritoneal Physiology – Claus P. Schmitt, MD
11:00    Patching and Watching Blood Pressures:  Novel Approaches to the Monitoring of BP. Elaine Ku, MD
11:30    Lumasiran in Kidney-Only Transplantation in Oxalosis -Justine Bacchetta, MD
12:00    Break

Nursing Breakout Ill (RN and APPs)

10:30-12:00 pm

Moderator(s): Brandy Begin, BSN, MBA, RN, CNN

Nursing Breakout III- Psychosocial Support for Dialysis Patients 

10:30    Therapy Dogs, Developmental Support – Robin Davis, CCLS and Amada Porter, MS, CCLS
11:15    Motivational Interviewing – Cortney Zimmerman, PhD
12:00    Lunch

RD Breakout III

10:30-12:00 pm

Moderator(s):  Nonnie Polderman, BSc, RD, and Kirsten McFadyen, RD

  • Nutrient Losses During Dialysis and Malnutrition – Laura Quenneville, RD
  • Nutrition and CRRT – Marisa Juarez-Calderon, RD
  • NICU and Nutrition – Elisha Pavlick, RD



Session 8: – Updated Peritonitis Guidelines

2:00-4:00 pm

Moderator(s): Franz Schaefer, MD and Bradley Warady, MD

2:00     Care Delivery and Outcomes in Children Treated with Maintenance Dialysis. – Elaine Ku, MD
2:25     The Development of Evidence-based Guidelines – Reem Mustafa, MD
2:50     The Use of Registry-based Data in Guideline Development – Troy Richardson, MD
3:15     Highlights of the Upcoming Pediatric Peritonitis Guidelines – Brandy Begin, BSN, MBA, RN, CNN
3:40     Discussion
4:00     Break

Session 9 – Fundamentals for Families

Transition to Adult Care

4:30-5:45 pm

Moderator(s): Bradley Warady, MD; Jessica Geer, MSN, C-PNP, CNN-NP, RN

4:30     The Adult Nephrologist Perspective – Nick Herrera, MD
4:50     The Psychologist’s Perspective – Rebecca Johnson, PhD, ABBP
5:10     The Patient/Family Perspective – Children’s Mercy patient Angelina Vorngsam

Monday, March 6, 2023

Session 10 – Symposium on Managing Obese Patients on Dialysis 

8:00 – 10:00 am  

Moderator(s): Alicia Neu, MD; Nonnie Polderman, BSc, RD

8:00     The Impact of Obesity on Dialysis and Transplant Management: The Adult Experience. – Amit Govil, MD
8:40     Balancing Nutritional Needs in the Pediatric Dialysis Patient with Obesity– Caroline Anderson, PhD, RD
9:20     Bariatric Surgery: What Are the Options for Adolescents? Gina Adrales, MD

Session 11 – My Favorite Paper 

10:30-12:00 pm 

Moderator(s): Steve Alexander, MD; Amy Nau, MBA, MSN, RN, CNN, NE-BC

10:30    My Favorite Clinical Dialysis Paper – Mahima Keswani, MD
10:45    My Favorite Clinical Nutrition Paper – Laura Quenneville, RD
11:00    My Favorite Child Life Therapy Paper – Amanda Porter, MS, CCLS
11:15    My Favorite Dialysis Nursing Paper – Katie Plomaritas, BSN, RN
11:30    My Favorite Dialysis AAP Paper – Tyson Moore, MSN, RN
12:00 – Adjourn