Spokane Physician Honored by National Kidney Foundation

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Spokane, WA & New York, NY—Katherine R. Tuttle, MD, FASN, FACP, FNKF, has been selected to receive the prestigious Garabed Eknoyan Award from the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) at its 26th annual Spring Clinical Meetings held in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Tuttle is the Executive Director for Research at Providence Health Care in Spokane, and serves as Co-Principal Investigator of the Institute of Translational Health Sciences, Investigator at Kidney Research Institute, and Clinical Professor of Medicine for the University of Washington.

“Dr. Tuttle co-chaired the work group that developed the groundbreaking KDOQI Clinical Practice Guidelines on Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease, published in 2007 and updated in 2012,” said Michael Choi, MD, President and Chair, NKF Scientific Advisory Board. “Her contributions to advancing the early diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease and improving standards of care have greatly benefited patients and we congratulate her on receiving the Garabed Eknoyan Award.”

Dr. Tuttle’s major research interests include diabetic kidney disease, hypertension, renal vascular disease, nutrition in chronic kidney disease and transitional care. She has also served as Associate Editor for the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Kidney Health Initiative for the American Society of Nephrology and the United States Food and Drug Administration. She has chaired numerous workgroups focused on diabetes and kidney disease including the Healthcare Professional Workgroup for the National Diabetes Education Program; National Kidney Foundation - Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI) Workgroup for Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease; Institutional Review Board – Spokane; the Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease Consensus Conference for the American Diabetes Association; and the United States Young Investigators in Nephrology Awards competition for National Kidney Foundation.

“I am truly honored and humbled to receive the Garabed Eknoyan Award from National Kidney Foundation,” said Dr. Tuttle. “Dr. Eknoyan has been an inspirational leader and mentor, which makes this award especially meaningful.  I am grateful for the opportunity to join the quest to make lives better for people with, and at risk for, kidney disease.”

The Garabed Eknoyan Award was created to recognize an individual who has promoted the mission of NKF in Making Lives Better for people with kidney disease through the exceptional contributions to key initiatives of NKF such as KDOQI or clinical research in the field of kidney disease. The award will be presented during the National Kidney Foundation 2017 Spring Clinical Meetings in Orlando, FL April 18-22.

For the past 26 years, nephrology health care professionals from across the country have come to the NKF Spring Clinical Meetings to learn about the newest developments related to all aspects of nephrology practice, network with colleagues and present their research findings. The NKF Spring Clinical Meetings are designed for meaningful change in the multidisciplinary healthcare teams’ skills, performance and patient health outcomes. It is the only conference of its kind that focuses on translating science into practice for the entire health care team.

Kidney Disease Facts

  • 1 in 3 American adults is at risk for kidney disease.
  • 26 million American adults have kidney disease—and most aren’t aware of it.
  • Risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, family history and age 60+.
  • People of African American; Hispanic; Native American; Asian; or Pacific Islander descent are at increased risk for developing the disease.
  • African Americans are 3½ times more likely, and Hispanics 1½ times more likely, to experience kidney failure.

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive and longstanding organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. For more information about NKF, visit www.kidney.org.