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    The National Kidney Foundation is revolutionizing the fight to save lives by eliminating preventable kidney disease, accelerating innovation for the dignity of the patient experience, and dismantling structural inequities in kidney care, dialysis and transplantation.


    To enhance the lives of everyone with, at risk of or affected by kidney disease.


    The National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware (National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware) is a nonprofit, voluntary health organization that was established in 1955 by Harriet G. Guild, M.D, a well-known Baltimore physician. Originally known as the Maryland Nephrosis Foundation, the organization became one of the original affiliates of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) in 1964. With 51 divisions/affiliates nationwide, NKF is the major voluntary health organization in the U.S. dedicated to easing the impact of kidney and urinary tract diseases on society. Founded in 1950, the national organization is headquartered in New York City and has satellite offices in Kansas City, MO, and Washington, DC.

    NKF has been named one of “America’s 100 Best Charities” by Worth Magazine and has also received high marks from other prominent independent sources on charitable giving, such as the National Charities Information Bureau and the Better Business Bureau. National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware is a member agency of the United Way and Combined Health Charities.

    National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware Service Area

    Serving central, western, and the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Delaware and portions of Virginia.

    Maryland: Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico and Worcester counties.
    Delaware: Kent, New Castle and Sussex counties.
    Virginia: Accomack and Northampton counties.


    “My name is Maurice Hinson, 4th year medical student at Drexel University College of Medicine and recent participant in the JHU Diversity Council Clerkship in Nephrology. I wanted to extend my sincerest appreciation to you and the National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware for sponsoring my clerkship. This was an invaluable experience- being granted the opportunity to rotate at one of the world’s most renowned institutions in their Department of Nephrology. I have always been fascinated by the complexity of renal physiology, so it was interesting to witness its use within a clinical context. During my time there, I was also given the opportunity to attend Renal Rounds at the Hopkins Club, as well as the Empowerment Temple KEY Service Event with Ms. Candyce Norris. I have dedicated much time to research, and community outreach outside of my clinical responsibilities as a medical student, so these events were of particular interest to me. Again, I thank you for your support and I am truly thankful to have been selected to participate in your programming.”

    “As a nephrologist and Chair of the Johns Hopkins Department of Medicine Diversity Council, I am tremendously appreciative of the NKF of Maryland’s commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion in the field of nephrology. The NKF of Maryland Clerkship in Nephrology at Johns Hopkins  exposes under-represented in medicine medical students to career opportunities available in nephrology for one month.  Medical students are assigned a faculty mentor, exposed to research programs in medicine (emphasizing those focused on underserved populations), receive service learning opportunities through community outreach programs (such as ‘Kidneys: Evaluate Yours’ screenings), and assistance in preparing for residency interviews.  We are certain that this program will provide much needed exposure to the rewards offered by a career in nephrology and will assist in ensuring a cadre of well-trained physicians dedicated to the care of kidney patients. Thank you, NKF of Maryland!”

    Deidra C. Crews, MD, ScM
    Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology
    Chair, Diversity Council, Department of Medicine
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

    “Thank you for the grant pledge from the National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in support of Dr. Elizabeth Selvin and her research project, Epidemiology of Hepatitis C and Chronic Kidney Disease.

    To improve the lives of those suffering from kidney disease, and related disorders, such as hepatitis and diabetes, is a critical goal of both the Foundation and the School. It is the hope that Dr. Selvin will lead her team to conclusions that will prove beneficial, regarding correlations between hepatitis C and chronic kidney disease.

    We are looking forward to the partnership with the Foundation. Thank you for your confidence in and support of the Bloomberg School of Public Health.”

    Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH’87