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  • Dr. Kawan Swain is Guest Speaker at Former High School, Bertie County’s Graduation Ceremony

    “As you climb this ladder in life always reach back to lift someone else up,” was a part of Kawan Swain’s, MD, message to Bertie High School’s graduating class. “I also talked about fear. Especially for me, and just like them, coming from a rural town there is a fear of success, there is a fear of failure, a fear of disappointing someone, but you cannot let that fear eclipse your … Continued

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    Congratulations, Carolina Care Excellence Awardees!

    Every year, UNC Hospitals conducts the Press Ganey Medical Practice survey to obtain input from patients. Patients are asked if they would refer their provider’s practice to friends and family in the survey. Over the last year, 154 providers within UNC Hospitals received the highest recommendation from more than 89 percent of their patients, putting them in the top quartile natio … Continued

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    Kidney Transplants Saved Her Life — Twice

    When Betsy Crais was a graduate student, she started having abdominal pain and other gastrointestinal symptoms and went to her doctor to find out what was wrong. “He showed me the X-rays—I had black holes all over my kidneys,” she says. Those “black holes” were cysts from polycystic kidney disease. That was more than 35 years ago. Since then, Crais has undergone two kidney transp … Continued

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    Use of Iron Agents in CKD Anemia Management

    Abhi Kshirsagar, MD, MPH, the Covington Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, participated in the “Controversies in optimal anemia management: Conclusions from a Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) Conference.” Controversies Conferences review the latest evidence, explore new and ongoing controversies, assess change impl … Continued

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    Kidney Awareness Month: Patient-Centered Care Strengthened by Participation in Multi-Specialty Collaborative Clinics

    March is National Kidney Awareness Month, a time to highlight the importance of kidney disease. 37 million Americans have kidney disease, yet only about 10% of these individuals are aware of the diagnosis. Kidney disease may develop from a myriad of conditions, including hypertension, diabetes mellitus, vascular disease, nephrotoxic medications, autoimmune disorders, and genetic … Continued

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    It Takes a Village: Addressing Structural Racism as a Barrier to Health Equity in Kidney Care

    Keisha L. Gibson, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine and pediatrics, and vice chair of diversity and inclusion for the UNC Department of Medicine, is co-author of “It Takes a Village,” an article in the March issue of the ASN’s Kidney News. With more than 37 million people in the United States affected, the article describes chronic kidney disease (CKD) as arguably one of t … Continued

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    Glenn Introduces PRESERVE Trial at UNC Children’s Hospital, Preserving Kidney Function in Children with Chronic Kidney Disease

    Pediatric chronic kidney disease (CKD) results from a variety of health conditions that reduce kidney function. CKD can progress to end-stage kidney disease (ESKD), which requires dialysis or kidney transplant. While CKD in adults is common and mainly caused by hypertension and diabetes, CKD in children is relatively rare, and caused primarily by congenital anomalies of the genit … Continued

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    Chang Presents Nephrology Grand Rounds: Young People May Have Different Needs When They Become Adults and Are Cared for in Adult Kidney Clinics

    “Every young adult is facing a lot of change during that period of life,” said Jessica Stahl, MD, MS, assistant professor in the division of nephrology and hypertension, about the topic Dr. Emily Chang recently chose for Nephrology Grand Rounds. “You might remember how different it was at first to live independently from your parents, choose your own classes, find a job, pay your … Continued

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    UNC Nephrology Receives “Carolina Care Excellence Award”

    UNC Nephrology in Burlington has received a 2021 UNC Health Carolina Care which recognizes top clinics with the highest overall Press Ganey Scores. Lucy Menefee, MSN, DNP, ANP-BC, adult nurse practitioner in the division of nephrology and hypertension, explained. “This award highlights our level of commitment to serving our patient population. This would not have been possible wi … Continued

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    The National Kidney Foundation Presents the Shaul G. Massry Award to Dr. Jennifer Flythe

    Jennifer E. Flythe, MD, MPH, associate professor medicine and vice chief of the division of nephrology and hypertension, is the recipient of the Shaul G. Massry Award. She will present the Shaul G. Massry Distinguished Lecture for the National Kidney Foundation’s 2022 Spring Clinical Meetings, April 6-10, in Boston. The distinguished lecture honors Dr. Massry for his scientific a … Continued