Professional EventsInterdisciplinary Nephrology Conference

interdisciplinary nephrology conference

October 18, 2021

DoubleTree Oak Brook

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.


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 continuing education credits for nurses, technicians, social workers, and dietitians.


For More Information


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

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


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ticket information

  • Early-Bird Registration: $75 (register before 9/1/21)

  • Regular Registration: $85 (register before 10/8/21) 

  • Last-Minute Registration:  $100

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location & agenda


Event Details

The Interdisciplinary Nephrology Conference is a day-long affair hosted at the Double Tree Oak Brook.  



Monday, October 18, 2021

8:00am - 3:00pm



DoubleTree Oak Brookk

1909 Spring Road

Oak Brook, IL 60523


 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


general presentations


8:30am:  COVID "Long-Haulers": What We Know About PASC | Edgar Lerma, MD, FACP, FNKF

9:45am: Multicultural Affairs in Organ Donation | Mark Tudor MS-MSL, CPTC, CTP


10:45am: Break & Visit Virtual Exhibitors 


11:15am: Effective and Inclusive Communication with LGBTQ+ Clients and Patients | Jacqueline Boyd, BS, BA, CGACM


12:15pm: Lunch Break

Agenda is subject to change


breakout sessions


1:00pm: Breakout Session 1

  • Nurses: Contribution of Kidney Disease to Heart Disease | Rupal Mehta, MD, MSCI

  • Dietitians: Leveraging the Microbiome to Promote Health Among People with Chronic Kidney Disease | Mark Lockwood, PhD, MSN, RN

  • Social Workers: Caregiver Support - From Burnout to Self Care | Chris Petrik, RN, BS, CADDT

2:00pm: Break & Visit Virtual Exhibitor Hall

2:15pm: Breakout Session 2

  • Nurses: Updates in Kidney Transplantation | Sambhavi Krishnamoorthy, MD

  • Dietitians: Health at Every Size in Chronic Conditions | Laura Anderson, MPH, RDN

  • Social Workers: A Paradigm Shift: Reducing the Burden of "Difficult Conversations" | Katie Monahan-Brooks, BM-MT


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