ASN to Bestow Belding Scribner Award on Andrew S. Levey

Andrew S. Levey

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The Belding H. Scribner Award will be tendered to Andrew S. Levey, MD, for his career-long contributions to the practice of nephrology.

Dr. Levey is the Dr. Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and chief of the division of nephrology at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

Established in 1995, the Belding H. Scribner Award is presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the care of patients with renal disorders or have substantially influenced the clinical practice of nephrology. Dr. Levey has made significant contributions in patient care, research, clinical practice guidelines, training, and health care policy related to chronic kidney disease (CKD).

His involvement in patient care includes serving the Tufts Medical Center as director of the dialysis clinic from 1981 to 1990 and medical director for renal transplantation from 1983 to 2001.

His research spans a wide range, including serving as principal nephrologist co-investigator for the Modification of Diet and Renal Disease Study, sponsored by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). He and his colleagues used this large database to develop an equation to estimate glomerular filtration rate (GFR) from serum creatinine. He also led the NIDDK effort to pool databases from studies to develop equations based on creatinine, cystatin C, and other filtration markers. The use of GFR equations to estimate kidney function and inform prognosis has transformed research and clinical practice in CKD.

An authority on clinical practice guidelines in CKD, Dr. Levey led the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) task force on cardiovascular disease in 1998. He chaired two NKF working groups on outcome quality initiatives. He led three global conferences on improving kidney disease outcomes. He directed the Tufts Center on Guideline Development and Implementation from 2003 until 2011.

Dr. Levey has been active in postgraduate fellowship training and mentoring of junior faculty. He directs a large research fellowship training program. He directed the Tufts University course for second-year medical students in renal pathophysiology from 1981 to 1988.

Dr. Levey’s contributions to policy include serving as a member of the National Kidney Disease Education Program of the NIDDK. He co-chaired the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2007 expert panel that developed strategies for preventing development and progression of kidney disease.

Dr. Levey was associate editor of the Annals in Internal Medicine, and is currently editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.

Belding H. Scribner

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Belding H. Scribner, MD, developed the arteriovenous shunt, which made possible long-term hemodialysis for chronic renal failure.

Dr. Scribner served as head of the University of Washington’s Division of Nephrology in the Department of Medicine from 1958 to 1982. He and his co-workers at the Seattle university made numerous contributions to helping patients with end stage renal disease, including establishing the world’s first out-of-hospital dialysis unit, developing a home hemodialysis program, improving techniques and equipment for hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, and studying the adequacy and complications of chronic renal disease treated by dialysis. Dr. Scribner’s work made a significant contribution to transforming nephrology into a major subspecialty of internal medicine.