citywide grand rounds

February 18, 2021


pushing the field forward

education drives progress

The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois' Citywide Grand Rounds brings together experienced clinicians, notable educators, and young investigators for an evening of enlightening discussion and continuing education. The night's program provides attendees with an open forum, and affords them the opportunity to learn about advancements in research and medicine which may be outside of their core practice.


Upon arrival, guests will connect with new colleagues and enjoy a cocktail hour. The program will begin over dinner, where presenters will detail case studies, conduct moderated panel discussions, and offer brief updates on NKFI supported research. In addition to case discussions, previous Grand Rounds topics have included:


  • Communicating with chronic patients

  • Risk factors in minority groups

  • Statin medications and dialysis patients 

For More Information


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

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


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Working from Home

Citywide Grand Rounds will be held virtually this year.



6:30pm - 8:30pm


Access link will be sent out to all registered attendees and sponsors.


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details & agenda

a small serving of the evening's discussions



6:00pm  - Welcome 

Jacqueline Burgess-Bishop | CEO, NKFI

Dr. Shubha Ahya | Professional Advisory Board Chair


6:10pm  -  NKFI Lifetime of Service Award Presentation

Dr. George Bakris | University of Chicago


6:25pm  -  Case Presentation Rules

Dr. Roger Rodby | Moderator


6:30pm  -  Clinical Pathologic Case Presentation 1

Dr. Diana Kircheva | University of Illinois at Chicago


7:00pm  -  Break, Visit Virtual Exhibitors, Networking

7:20pm  -  Clinical Pathologic Case Presentation 2

Dr. Juan Portocarrero | Northwestern Medicine

7:50pm  -  Closing Remarks



We need your interesting nephrology cases! This program will follow a clinical pathologic case model with audience participation. Should your case be chosen for presentation, the NKFI will pay $1,000 toward case publication in the medical journal of your choice. This opportunity is open to nephrology professionals at all levels. 


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featured speakers

meet the experts

Dr. Shubhada Ahya


Feinberg School of Medicine

Nephrology and Internal Medicine

Shubha Ahya, MD is a Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a clinical nephrologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. She received her M.D. from Boston University School of Medicine.


Dr. Ahya has volunteered to care for patients in India, Bolivia and locally, at KidneyMobile.    

Dr. Roger A. Rodby


Rush Medical College

Nephrology and Internal Medicine


Roger Rodby’s is a Professor of Medicine within the Renal Division at Rush University Medical Center. As a researcher, he has focused on lupus nephritis and diabetic nephropathy through his involvement with the Collaborative Study Group, where he now serves on the Executive Committee. He is an Associate Editor for Seminars in Dialysis where he has his own section entitled Dialysis Rounds


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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. Please review the 2021 Sponsorship Packet or contact Heidi Merritt at for more information on sponsorship.

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