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Renal Rounds- A Virtual Professional Event

Deidra C. Crews, MD, ScM, FASN, MACP
Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology
Deputy Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity
Director, Doctoral Diversity Program
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Dr. Crews is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She holds appointments with the School of Nursing, the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, the Center on Aging and Health, and the Center for Health Equity, where she is Deputy Director.  Her research focuses on addressing disparities in the care and outcomes of kidney disease and hypertension. An elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, Dr. Crews has received numerous awards for her research contributions, including the 2018 Johns Hopkins University President’s Frontier Award–a $250,000 award granted annually to a single faculty scholar on the cusp of transforming their field. She is a former National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Emerging Leader Scholar and was the inaugural Gilbert S. Omenn Anniversary Fellow of the NAM. Dr. Crews has previously received the W. Lester Henry Award for Diversity and Access to Care from the American College of Physicians (ACP) and is a Master of the ACP. The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) has previously honored Dr. Crews with its Distinguished Leader Award, and she was recently elected as an Executive Councilor of the ASN.

Dr. Crews received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and her medical degree from Saint Louis University. A graduate of the Osler Medical Training Program, she completed nephrology fellowship and a master’s in clinical epidemiology degree at Johns Hopkins.

Josef Coresh, MD, PhD
G.W. Comstock Professor of Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Medicine, Johns Hopkins University
Director, George W. Comstock Center for Public Health Research & Prevention
Director, Cardiovascular Epidemiology Training Program

Dr. Josef Coresh is an international expert in kidney and cardiovascular disease epidemiology. He is the George W. Comstock Professor of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Medicine at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Coresh helped develop the globally adopted chronic kidney disease definition, staging, and estimated kidney function equations. He is a co-author on the 2021 update by the CKD-EPI collaboration which removed race from the GFR estimation equation. He co-leads the CKD Prognosis Consortium (CKD-PC) whose results based on over 80 cohorts and >10 million participants from 40+ countries have informed clinical practice guidelines, FDA, and EMA policies. Their risk equations can be found at

Dr. Coresh co-authored over eight hundred research articles cited over 100,000 times. He received the top scientific and patient impact awards of the US National Kidney Foundation (Eknoyan and Hume awards) and the American Society of Nephrology (Belding Scribner award). His devotion to mentorship was recognized by awards from Johns Hopkins University and the American Heart Association.

Dr. Coresh is an international expert in kidney and cardiovascular disease epidemiology having co-authored over eight hundred research articles cited over 100,000 times. Each year since 2014 he was recognized as being among the top 1% of researchers in Clinical Medicine globally (by article citations). Among other awards, he received the top scientific and patient impact awards of the United States National Kidney Foundation (NKF Eknoyan and Hume awards) and American Society of Nephrology (ASN Scribner award).

Dr. Coresh was born in Israel and moved to Chicago when he was thirteen. Joe has a bachelor’s in mathematics from Princeton University followed by a combined M.D. and Ph.D. degree in epidemiology as well as a Masters in biostatistics from Johns Hopkins University. He stayed at Johns Hopkins where he directs the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Training Program and the George W. Comstock Center for Public Health Research and Prevention. His research portfolio is diverse following the blood vessels from the heart to the kidney and the brain with grants of over $5M/year focused on big data and molecular studies. His research spans a range of prospective and biomarker studies as well as a clinical trial for correction of hearing loss to delay cognitive decline. He leads the ARIC study at Johns Hopkins – a cohort of 16,000 participants followed since 1988. ARIC data are widely used and the publications committee he chairs approves proposals leading to over 150 peer-reviewed publications annually.


2021 Kidney Walks

Walking YOUR way has never been better!

Thank you for supporting our annual Kidney Walks on October 24th. If you missed the festivities that day, click here!

There is still time to donate to help us reach our goal- you can make a HUGE difference!

Donations for the Greater Baltimore Kidney Walk click here.

Donations for the Wilmington, Delaware Kidney Walk click here.

Donations for the Salisbury Kidney Walk click here.

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?