Recent Ebola cases have shown that dialysis can play a key role in the survival of critically ill patients. Given the potential importance of renal replacement therapy (RRT) for these patients—and the need for biocontainment procedures to protect caregivers—nephrologists should take active roles in creating treatment plans at their facilities, experts said.

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) has developed and released the first benchmarks for training nephrology fellows in home dialysis modalities. The need for these guidelines was identified at the 2012 National Summit on Home Dialysis Policy, where stakeholders recognized inadequate training as a key barrier to utilization of home-centered therapies.


Gary H. Gibbons, MD, is director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the third largest institute at the NIH, with an annual budget of more than $3 billion. Before joining the NHLBI, Gibbons served

NIDDK Director Griffin Rodgers, MD