Professional EventsInterdisciplinary Nephrology Conference

interdisciplinary nephrology conference

October 19, 2020

Virtual Event

pushing the field forward

education drives progress

Hosted in partnership with the Illinois Council of Nephrology Nurses and Technicians (ICNNT), the Illinois Council on Renal Nutrition (ICRN) and the Illinois Council of Nephrology Social Workers (ICNSW), the Interdisciplinary Nephrology Conference is an opportunity for dietitians, nurses, social workers and other renal professionals to connect with colleagues, participate in interactive educational workshops, and visit with corporate exhibitors.


Now in its 19th year, this annual symposium is a highlight of the NKFI's professional development calendar. The day begins with a group breakfast, a set of presentations, and visits from corporate exhibitors. Following lunch, attendees will attend in-depth salons, hear from experts, and take part in a series of small breakout sessions and discussions. Previous conference topics have included:


  • Information about new medicine

  • Professional mental health

  • Ethics and patient care

  • Dialysis and cardiac health

  • Nutrition and kidney health

  • Caring for the chronically ill

  • New technology and advancements in treatment

  • Working with economically disadvantaged patients 

In addition to the day's educational programming, the Interdisciplinary Nephrology Conference is also an opportunity for all participating councils to conduct their annual meetings. The conference also offers the following continuing education credits:


For More Information


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

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


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  • Early-Bird Tickets:  $70 (extended through event day)

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location & agenda

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Virtual Event

The Interdisciplinary Nephrology Conference is a day-long affair that will be hosted online this year. Registrants will be granted access to all of the courses. 



Monday, October 19, 2020

8:00am - 3:00pm



The comfort of your home or office


 Cannabis Use in CKD Patients

Mark Hashim, MD

Implicit Bias in Healthcare

Jason Washburn, MD

Updates in Renal Replacement Home Therapies

Kristen Martin Uebel, MBA, MM, HEA, BSN, RN, CNN

Jennifer Langs, RN

Working with LGBTQ Patients

Cecelia Teresa Hardacker, MSN, RN, CNL

Kidney Paired Donation

Joe Sinacore

Oral Sorbents for Uremic Toxins

Steve Ash, MD


morning presentations


8:30am:  Community Partnerships: Building the

Kidney Community | Moderator: Melissa Prest, DCN, MS, RDN, CSR, LDN

Panelists: Olivia Fox, Shimere Harrington, LCSW, Martha Escamilla-Arias, LCSW, Kelly Nemec, RD, Audrey Broaddus, MBA-HCM

9:45am: Dementia Basics & the Ethics of Communicating

with Dementia Patients | Jennifer Wilson-Binotti, PsyD


10:45am: Break & Visit Virtual Exhibitor Hall


11:15am: Coping with Chronic Disease | Blaine Lesnik,



12:15pm: Lunch Break

Agenda is subject to change


afternoon presentations


1:00pm: Breakout Session 1

  • Nurses: Anemia Management | Matthew Menezes, MD

  • Dietitians: Exercise & CKD: Interventions that Work | Ken Wilund, PhD

  • Social Workers: Surrogate Decision Makers | Melissa Kallio, JD & Erin Vogt, LCSW

2:00pm: Break & Visit Virtual Exhibitor Hall

2:15pm: Breakout Session 2

  • Nurses: Volume Control on Hemodialysis | John Ball, MD 

  • Dietitians: Volume Control on Hemodialysis | John Ball, MD

  • Social Workers: Ethical Dilemmas in Healthcare | Lauren Ciarelli, LCSW

3:15pm: Breakout Panelist Q&A



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