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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

We’re here to listen and support you during the COVID-19 outbreak. Find answers to the most common questions and stay informed about the latest coronavirus developments. People with kidney disease and transplant recipients are at higher risk for developing serious complications from COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Visit for the latest information.

Medical Heroes

The National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland & Delaware (NKFMDDE) is honored to work with so many medical professionals- from doctors to renal dieticians to social workers and dialysis technicians to nurses. We applaud the work they do each day but particularly this year when nothing was even close to the normal we may have know because of the pandemic.

June 2021

This month we are honoring Dr. Sumeska Thavarajah, nephrologist at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (JHBMC).

Dr. Sumeska (Su) Thavarajah is currently a nephrology faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and primarily attends on the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center campus. After attending Wayne State University School of Medicine, she completed her internal medicine residency training at the University of Connecticut Health Center and her nephrology fellowship training at Johns Hopkins Bayview. She has interests in patient education and has worked on developing the patient education series with her colleagues. She has roles as teaching faculty for the internal medicine residency program at JHBMC and the nephrology fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is the immediate past Chair of the Medical Advisory Board of the National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware, which she continues to be an active member, and is a board member locally and nationally.

Dr. Su has been instrumental in the creation of many of the local programs that our market offers and is a stanch supporter of anything that provides support and hope to those impacted by kidney disease and their caregivers. She brings a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience to our local market. She is invaluable and very much appreciated.

Thank you, Dr. Su for your years of service to NKFMDDE and the kidney community. You are our SHERO!

February 23, 2021 NKFMDDE Renal Rounds in Partnership with NKF National Capital Area and Horizon Therapeutics

Proud Sponsor– THANK YOU!

Many thanks to our sponsor for their support of our February 2021 Renal rounds.

Vaccine Information and Transplant

For more information about Horizon Therapeutics, contact Mike Edison at

To review the February 23, 2021 event, visit or click here to view the video of the presentation.

Donations are welcome to support our Patient Emergency Assistance program. Your help is needed NOW more than ever! You can give a monthly gift or one-time gift, kidney patients need our support. Currently all Renal Rounds events are brought to our medical community free of charge, please consider a gift today.

SAVE THE DATE for our next Renal Rounds on June 1, 2021 from 6:45pm to 8:00pm. Renal Rounds are FREE to participate.

Questions? Contact: Pattie Dash via email at ■ (cell) 410.961.1644 or (office) 410.494.8545.

Big Ask Big Give

THE BIG ASK: THE BIG GIVE- A Training Workshop on First Steps to Transplant & Living Donation

In Partnership with:    

A two-part session and panel discussion where you can ask questions to qualified medical professionals.

Register : and to join us on the event platform visit

First Steps to Transplant is a virtual program that introduces kidney transplant and living donation for those just beginning their transplant journey. Finding a Living Donor is a virtual program for kidney patients and their loved ones. The program teaches the best, most effective strategies, and tips to share your story and find a living donor. People are waiting for a chance at a better life. The kidney transplant waiting list is getting longer, and in response, the National Kidney Foundation developed THE BIG ASK: THE BIG GIVE. This initiative is designed to increase awareness, living donation, and transplantation.

Sunday, March 21, 2021 (check in begins at 12:30pm)
This is a VIRTUAL event. Upon registration you will receive a confirmation with further details.

First Steps to Transplant 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Chat with Medical Professionals2:30pm – 3:00pm Join us to CHAT with medical professionals to answer questions and obtain information to help you make decisions that are in your best interest.

How to Find a Living Donor • 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Register : and to join us on the event platform visit

These free, 1.5-hour training workshops and 30-minute Chat with Medical Professionals is the program choice for YOU!

Register for one, two, or all three sessions!

For more information, contact: Pattie Dash, Executive Director,

NKFMDDE Research Grant Portal CLOSED

Special Message from Chair, Research Grants- Dr. Raquel Greer

Update: Many thanks to each researcher who submitted for consideration. The portal closed in March as planned and awards will be posted by early June. Below provides the information on the cycle this year (2021-2022), timing will be similar for next year. Come back to learn which research projects are being funded!


The National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland & Delaware (NKFMDDE) is pleased to announce that the 2021-2022 Research Grant Cycle Portal is NOW OPEN to accept applications. Please visit our website to review the new Grant Portal to submit your application. The deadline to apply and submit is Monday, March 15, 2021 by 5:00pm.  Feel free to share this opportunity with anyone who may be interested.

The National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware is number one among all NKF offices in support of medical research.  Since 2000, the National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware has distributed over $3.5 million dollars to nearly 350 research applicants. Through our grant application process, the National Kidney Foundation awards up to $100,000 annually* to eligible medical professionals. The best treatment for kidney and urinary tract diseases is the discovery of a cure.

*Subject to availability of funds raised annually. Note: Only central Maryland professionals can apply for NKF Serving Maryland & Delaware’s Research Grant program due to funding restrictions. 

The goal of the grants program established by the National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware is to promote basic, clinical, translational and public health research that is aimed at preventing and treating diseases of the kidney and urinary tract. We currently offer two types of funding mechanisms: Mini-Grants and Professional Development Awards.

The purpose of the Mini-Grant program is to fund innovative, unfunded pilot projects that may lead to new insights into kidney or urological diseases and that will form the basis for a publication or additional external grant funding.

The Professional Development Award was designed to foster the careers of young faculty who intend to pursue research in fields related to new insights into kidney or urological diseases. The objective of this award is to provide bridge funding that will allow a junior faculty member to transition to independence by successfully applying for significant external grant funding.

If you have any questions or need assistance with the Grant Portal, please contact Pattie Dash at

Good luck!

Raquel Greer, MD
NKFMDDE- Chair, Research Grants

Giving Tuesday is December 1st- Can we count on YOU?

Together we can bring about a revolutionary shift in our system of care – one that values every patient, family member or friend affected by kidney disease.

2020 has been lifechanging for many, but especially for those battling a chronic illness like kidney disease in the midst of a global pandemic.

Throughout the pandemic, supporters have empowered our fight to change lives for the better. Together we can bring about a revolutionary shift in our system of care – one that values every patient, family member or friend affected by kidney disease. You can provide hope for these patients by making a #GivingTuesday gift today: Can we count on you?

Happy Thanksgiving- From All of Us to YOU!

Thanks to you, we’ve maintained our commitment to provide all kidney disease patients with a better quality of life through research, increasing living kidney donation and long-term investments in public health infrastructure in underserved communities facing the greatest risk for both chronic kidney disease and COVID-19.

Thank you for all you’ve done – and for all that your unyielding support has continued to do for our organization and the kidney community.

We wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!


Eating more plant-based foods such as vegetables and grains in place of animal-based foods such as red meat may help prevent and slow the progression of chronic kidney disease, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Shivam Joshi, MD, is an internist, nephrologist, and plant-based physician practicing at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue in New York City. He is a clinical assistant professor of NYU’s School of Medicine with research interests in plant-based diets, fad diets, and nephrology. He received his BS from Duke University and his MD from the University of Miami. He completed his residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami and his nephrology fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. You can follow him on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook (@sjoshiMD).

The National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryand & Delaware recently held an event featuring Dr. Joshi, Shivam.

The Benefits of Plant-Based Diets on Kidney Health

A Guide to Plant-Based Diets

Starting a plant-based diet does not mean that you need to become a vegetarian and cut all sources of animal protein from your diet.

The Role of Plant-Based Diets for Patients With Kidney Disease

With guidance from a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), a carefully planned plant-based diet may be helpful in the setting of kidney disease, depending on a patient’s specific needs.

Visit for full details and additional information from the National Kidney Foundation.