join our work
building a better future
Healthcare professionals play an important role in the work of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois. We work closely with physicians, nurses, dietitians, social workers, technicians, and scientific investigators to develop substantive community health programs, and drive the future of research and treatment.
The NKFI also makes meaningful investments in Illinois' medical communities. We award grants, fund scientific research, host professional development events, and connect physicians and medical practitioners to unique resources and educational opportunities. By supporting healthcare professionals, we ensure the kidney disease patients and families of Illinois receive better, more well-rounded care.
We invite medical professionals working in renal care to become part of our work, and help us improve the lives of Illinois residents affected by kidney disease.
professional advisory board
partners in progress
The Professional Advisory Board (PAB) helps the NKFI build our slate of impactful community health initiatives, and assists foundation leadership in the development of thought-provoking professional education programs. A clear-eyed team of focused, passionate practitioners, the PAB's membership is comprised of Illinois' leading nephrologists, physicians, academics, and allied health professionals.
In addition to contributing to the work of the NKFI, Professional Advisory Board members are invited to serve on advisory committees, are afforded complimentary admission to numerous professional development events, and are granted exclusive access to unique, NKFI managed career resources.
Shubhada Ahya, MD | Chair, Northwestern University Medicine
Stella Awua-Larbi, MD | Silver Cross Hospital
Amishi Desai, DO | University of Illinois Health
Chet Desai, MD | Southwest Nephrology Associates
Michael Fischer, MD, MSPH | Research Chair, University of Illinois Health
Jay Paparello, MD | Northwestern University Medicine
Tipu Puri, MD, PhD | Past Chair, University of Chicago Medicine
Tammy Poma, NP | University of Chicago Medicine
Madhav Rao, MD | Associates in Nephrology
Ana Ricardo, MD, MPH, MS | University of Illinois Health
Andres Serrano, MD | Mt. Sinai Hospital
Suneel Udani, MD | Nephrology Associates of Northern Indiana and Illinois
For More Information
Please contact the NKFI's Director of Programs, Rachel DePauw
email: firstname.lastname@example.org | phone: (312) 321 - 1500 x 258
for nurses, technicians, dietitians, social workers
The NKFI Professional Councils are the voice of what is trending in both professional education and patient care. They serve as an extension of the NKFI, and are committed to developing strategic patient initiatives, impactful community programs, and innovative educational events.
Council members assist NKFI leadership in the planning and promotion of numerous professional events, and are offered complimentary admission to select seminars and conferences.
Illinois Council of Nephrology Nurses and Technicians (ICNNT)
The ICNNT works with NKFI leadership to develop health policies that impact the delivery of patient care and professional practice. The ICNNT supports the mission of the NKFI to improve the health and well being of individuals affected with chronic kidney disease through research, patient services, national organ donor programs, and public education. The ICNNT advocates for, and contributes to, the professional development of members through education, professional growth, and dissemination of information related to professional practice and quality of care.
Chair: Kristen Martin Uebel, MBA, MM, HEA, BSN, RN, CNN
Immediate Past Chair: Melissa Vester, RN, BSN, CNN
Illinois Council on Renal Nutrition (ICRN)
The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois' Council on Renal Nutrition (ICRN) coordinates with other professional health organizations to develop and promote effective, valuable resources for renal dietitians. The ICRN works to protect the interests of practitioners, promotes the nutritional well-being of patients, and engages in advocacy efforts focused on affecting change in kidney health care legislation and public policy.
Current President: Ginny Pletzke, MS, RD, LDN
President-Elect: Brett Curtiss, RD
Immediate Past President: Melissa Prest, MS, RDN, CSR, LDN
Illinois Council of Nephrology Social Workers (ICNSW)
The ICNSW is committed to helping patients and their families cope with the psychosocial stresses and lifestyle readjustments necessitated by a diagnosis of kidney disease. Additionally, members of the ICNSW work in support of federal regulations governing ESRD reimbursement in regard to standards for social work practice and in the definition of a qualified social worker
Chair: Shauna Phillips, LCSW
Immediate Past Chair: William E. Johnson, LCSW, NSW-C
journals, references, education and more
professional education center
This resource center is designed for professionals committed to continuing their education and improving the lives of patients and families affected by kidney disease.
clinician tools & applications
This collection of guides, bulletins, patient handouts, and mobile applications offers you access to a world of handy toolkits that are useful for you and your patients.
fueling the future of illinois research
The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois invests in the next generation of kidney disease treatment by funding promising, up-and-coming researchers, and awarding select grants.
In keeping with our mission, we prioritize projects that will increase the understanding of kidney, urologic and transplantation-related diseases, and will improve the clinical management and treatment of these diseases, or lead to a cure.
Grant submissions are carefully evaluated by the NKFI Research Review Committee, and are awarded on an annual basis.
kidney career center
connecting talent with opportunity
If you are a healthcare professional looking for a new position in renal medicine, the NKFI recommends you explore the Kidney Career Center, a national jobs database managed by our New York office.
This detailed catalogue is meticulously maintained and totally free to join. It makes connecting with a potential employer simple and straightforward, as you can easily integrate your Kidney Career Center profile with existing digital professional profiles you might maintain on facebook and linkedin.
If you're an employer looking to find new team members, the career center offers a number of job posting option, and help is always available at (860) 437 - 5700.