It is a great pleasure to continue our series of “Distinguished Conversations” in recognition of ASN’s 50th anniversary. In each conversation, a leader in nephrology invites a mentor or esteemed colleague for a discussion of nephrology, past and future. This month Sharon Moe, MD, FASN, interviews Sharon Anderson, MD, FASN.

In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that there were more than 20 million Americans with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and 661,648 prevalent cases of ESRD (1, 2).

A recent survey of 1134 US nephrologists who are ASN members provided important insights that will help guide ASN’s assessment of approaches to initial certification, recertification, and physician assessment activities, as well as the relationship between the nephrology community and the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).

During the past five years, the American Society of Nephrology has seen significant membership growth. ASN now represents a more complete picture of the nephrology community, including a significant international presence and health professionals across many job roles and interest areas. To engage with this diverse membership, ASN has established a new member benefit: ASN Communities.

Each year, World Kidney Day seeks to raise awareness about the importance of the kidneys to overall health and to increase support for reducing the incidence and impact of kidney diseases and associated health problems worldwide.

It is a pleasure to introduce a new series at Kidney News, “Distinguished Conversations: Keeping Nephrology Great.” We have asked established leaders in nephrology to invite their mentors, heroes, or most esteemed colleagues for a discussion of their opinions and recollections about the field of nephrology, especially how it has been great in the past and how we can continue to...