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We believe that educating renal professionals is the key to providing high quality care to patients living with kidney disease.

Year-round, Kidney Foundation of Ohio staff educate renal healthcare professionals regarding services we provide to the community. The Foundation offers CEU programs to ensure renal healthcare professionals are kept up-to-date on the latest trends and innovations in healthcare. These activities provide excellent networking and skill building opportunities.

If you are interested in learning more about our services, contact Molly DeBrosse, LSW at (216) 771-2700 or


This annual two-day interdisciplinary conference features nationally recognized experts in the field of renal healthcare.

The symposium attracts over 400 attendees from various companies, hospitals, dialysis providers, and transplant centers throughout Ohio and surrounding states. Guests have the opportunity to attend general and breakout sessions provided by nationally recognized experts in the field of renal healthcare. Topics address the latest issues and innovations in dialysis and transplantation.

This year’s conference will be held on September 14 & 15, 2017. More details will be provided in the spring. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available for dietitians, nurses, social workers, technicians and transplant coordinators.

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Medical Advisory Board

This advisory board of licensed healthcare professionals make recommendations with respect to grant research, patient care and procedures for the granting of funds by the Foundation

  • Richard A. Fatica, MD - Chairperson
  • Arianna M. Aoun, MS, RD, CSR, LD - Vice Chair
  • Sandra V. Fried, MSSA, LSW - Secretary
  • Trudy B. Aquilina, ACSW, LISW-S, CCTSW
  • Joshua Augustine, MD
  • Marilyn Bartucci, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CCTC
  • Haifa Hanna, MD
  • JoAnn Hayes-Thomas
  • JoAnn Hozalski
  • Kenoctaya Lindsey, LSW, MSW
  • Saul Nurko, MD
  • RJ Picciano, BA, CHT, OCDT, CHBT
  • Emilio Poggio, MD
  • Mahboob Rahman, MD, MS
  • Hernan Rincon-Choles, MD
  • Diane Rothers, MSN, RN
  • Beth A. Vogt, MD
  • Cathy M. Westcott, RN, CHPN
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Who is at risk of developing kidney disease?

Anyone can be diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease, at any age. However, African Americans, Hispanics, and American Indians are at an increased risk for developing the disease. You may also be at increased risk if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, family history of Chronic Kidney Disease and being 60 years of age or older. If you have any of these risk factors, talk to your doctor about getting tested for kidney disease.

How can my doctor diagnose kidney disease?

Two procedures doctors can perform to check for kidney disease are blood and urine tests. Diagnosis of kidney failure can be confirmed by blood tests to measure levels of waste products and electrolytes in your blood. Urine tests may be performed to measure the amount of protein, detect the presence of abnormal cells, or measure the concentration of electrolytes.

What is a kidney transplant and how can I receive one?

A kidney transplant is an operation to place a healthy (donor) kidney in your body to perform the functions your own diseased kidneys can no longer perform. However, there is a shortage of organs available for donation. Many people who are candidates for kidney transplantation are put on a transplant waiting list and require dialysis until an organ is available.

What are kidney stones?

Kidney stones are crystals formed as a result of imbalanced mineral levels in the urine. Causes can consist of genetics, excess calcium or other minerals in your diet, certain medications, or dehydration. Typically, treatment consists of drinking lots of water to pass the stone. Medical procedures may be needed to remove or break up larger stones. Sometimes following a special diet may help prevent more stones from forming. Other times, medications, in addition to a special diet, may be needed.

How can I become an organ donor?

To register as an organ donor in the state of Ohio, visit the Bureau of Motor Vehicles website. Nearly half of all drivers in Ohio are registered as organ donors. There are over 119,000 Americans and 3,000 Ohioans waiting for an organ transplant. Seventy-five percent of those people are waiting for a kidney.
If you have specific medical questions, speak with a physician or medical professional.