Dr. Cozumel Pruette Joins NKFMDDE Board

Award-winning JHU nephrologist provides care for children with kidney problems

LUTHERVILLE, Md. (Feb. 9, 2022) −The National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware (NKFMDDE) has selected Cozumel Southern Pruette, M.D., M.H.S. – assistant professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine –to its board of directors.

“As a nephrologist dedicated to the health and well-being of pediatric and young adult patients with kidney disease, I am honored to serve on the NKFMDDE board and am committed to its initiatives focused on enhancing awareness, prevention, and treatment of kidney disease,” Dr. Pruette said.

Recognized as a “Top Doctor” by Baltimore Magazine in 2020 and 2021, Dr. Pruette leads the pediatric/young adult Transition of Care program for the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Pruette earned a master’s degree in neuroscience from Northwestern University. She earned her medical degree with Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and completed her internship and residency at Johns Hopkins University, where she was a chief resident.

Dr. Pruette went on to complete a fellowship in pediatric nephrology at Johns Hopkins in 2012. As part of her fellowship training, she received a master’s degree in clinical epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Her previous research interests included pediatric hypertension and home telemonitoring to improve blood pressure monitoring and medication adherence. Current research is focused on improving self-management, patient engagement, transition of care, and medication adherence in patients with CKD/ESRD.  

She is the principal investigator in the development and implementation of a peer-mentoring program for adolescents with kidney transplant and has established two national patient and family advisory councils.

Through the years, she has received numerous research grants, including the KL2 Clinical Research Scholars Award, the Pearl M. Stetler Research Fund Award, and the Francis F. Schwentker Award for Excellence in Research in the Department of Pediatrics. She also received several grants from NKFMMDDE and supported Foundation events.

“It’s a privilege to work alongside NKFMDDE’s outstanding network of patients, family members, healthcare professionals, and community partners dedicated to kidney disease research, education, innovation, and advocacy,” added Dr. Pruette, who resides in Towson.

About NKF
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive, and longstanding organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention, and treatment of kidney disease. For more information, visit www.kidney.org.

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