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controversies in nephrology

May 18, 2023

Chicago Historical Society

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Stretch your mind at Controversies in Nephrology, an evening of thoughtful and lively debate focused on examining the questions central to kidney disease. Groups of nephrology fellows representing Chicago’s academic medical centers will field teams, engage in a few bouts of friendly competition, and challenge one another to think critically about patient care, physical health, and research.  Whether or not you are part of a team, all attendees are encouraged to participate in the conversation.

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Please contact the NKFI's Director of Programs, Rachel DePauw

email:  |  phone: (312) 321 - 1500  x 258


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  • Event Only: $75

  • Event + Professional Advisory Board Membership: $150

  • Existing 2023 Professional Advisory Board members: Free

  • Fellows, residents & students: Free (registration still required)

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Controversies in Nephrology will be

a hybrid event this year. Choose to participate virtually or in-person


May 18, 2023

6:30pm - 8:00pm


Chicago Historical Society
1601 N Clark St
Chicago, IL

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details & debate topics

what's on the agenda

TOPIC #01:  

Transplantation of High KDPI Kidneys (>85%) Should be Considered for All 65 and Older Recipients.

PRO: Rush University


Meloney Oliveira, MD

Kelly Schlotman, MD



Casey Gashti MD





Urshita Sinha, MD

Kirolos Iskander, MD



Zahraa Hajjiri, MD

Walaa Dabbas, MD

TOPIC #02: 

ARBs/ACEi should be discontinued in CKD 5 pre-RRT

PRO: University of Chicago


Mina Al Sayyab, MD

Tushar Bajaj, MD



Zainab Obaidi, MD


CON: Northwestern



Fatmah Yamani, MD

Trisha Patel, DO


Alex Leidner, MD

Pierre Blemur, MD


  • Rizwan Moinuddin DO, Associates in Nephrology 

  • Sushant Taksande MD, Kidney Care Centers


  • Sylvester Barns IV, MD Loyola Medicine

  • Gautam Bhanushali, MD – Nephrology Associates of Northern Indiana & Illinois 

  • Zaid Haddad, MDAssociates in Nephrology

  • Malgorzata Kochanek, MD - Associates in Nephrology

  • Anca Zegrean, MD Associates in Nephrology


6:00 - 6:30 PM Registration, Visit Exhibitors, and Cocktail Reception

6:30 PM Dinner Begins

6:45 PM Welcome Reception 

Rachel DePauw | National Kidney Foundation of Illinois

Dr.Suneel Udani | Professional Advisory Board Chair

6:50 PM  Introduction of Debate Moderators

Dr.Suneel Udani | Professional Advisory Board Chair

6:55 PM  Judges and Debates Introduction/ Debates Begin 

Rizwan Moinuddin, DO and Sushant Taksande, MD Debate Moderators

Debate 1 Transplantation of High KDPI Kidneys (>85%) Should be Considered for All 65 and Older Recipients.

Pro Rush University vs. Con University of Illinois Chicago

7:40 - 7:55 PM  Break/ Visit Exhibitor

Debate 2 ARBs/ACEi should be discontinued in CKD 5 pre-RRT

Pro University of Chicago vs. Con Northwestern University

8:40 PM - 9:00 PM Closing Remarks

Debate Moderators

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The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is able to offer professional development programming, conduct educational seminars, and support research with the help of our passionate supporters, and a remarkable team of dedicated sponsors. Interested in sponsoring this event? Contact Wesley Bauer at or 312-321-1500. 

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