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controversies in nephrology

May 9, 2024

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 questions, 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: $90

  • Event + Professional Advisory Board Membership: $175

  • Existing 2024 Professional Advisory Board members: Free

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

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Controversies in Nephrology will be

an in-person event this year. PROGRAM 

May 9, 2024

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Chicago Historical Society
1601 N Clark St
Chicago, IL

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details & debate topics

what's on the agenda

TOPIC #01:  

Hyponatremia is safe to correct > 8 meq/L/day

PRO: Loyola University


Benjamin Strickland, DO

Ahmet Ersin Yassa, MD



Devid Leehey, MD

Holly Kramer, MD, MPH


CON: Northwestern University



Lonnie Thach, MD

Zachary Kisley, DO



Jay Paparello, MD

TOPIC #02: 

Bisphosphonate therapy is safe and effective for the treatment of osteoporosis in patients with

Stages 4 and 5 CKD

PRO: Rush University


Hamood Dhillon, MD

Steven Heidt, MD



Casey Gashti, MD


CON: University of Chicago



Louis Baeseman, MD

Goutham Kondapi, DO


Anna Zisman, MD

Stuart Sprague, DO


  • Dr. Amishi Desai, Northwestern Medicine

  • Dr. Anna Zisman, UChicago Medicine



  • Melanie Betz, MS, RD, CSR, LDN, FAND, The Kidney Dietitian

  • Zaid Haddad, MD, Associates in Nephrology

  • Anand Ramadorai, MD, Associates in Nephrology

  • Ana Ricardo, MD, UI Health

  • Andres Serrano, MD, Sinai Health

  • Kareen Simpson, MD, Associates in Nephrology

  • Manish Tanna, MD, Nephrology Associates of Northern Illinois and Indiana


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 

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

Debates Continue

8:40 PM - 9:00 PM Closing Remarks

Winners Announced

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program sponsors

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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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