ASN to Bestow Belding Scribner Award on Allan J. Collins

Allan J. Collins, MD
The Belding H. Scribner Award will be tendered to Allan J. Collins, MD, for his career-long contributions to the practice of nephrology.

Dr. Collins is professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine and Hennepin County Medical Center and director of the Chronic Disease Research Group of the Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation.

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. Collins has made significant contributions in patient care, research, and service to professional organizations.

His clinical experience and research have focused on acute and chronic care of end stage renal disease patients and clinical studies of dialysis techniques and outcomes. He has also done extensive work with high-efficiency dialysis, the technical elements of dialysis, billing systems, and computer systems and operations.

The Chronic Disease Research Group was founded as Nephrology Analytical Services, but under Dr. Collins’ leadership it has expanded beyond kidney disease to include other chronic conditions.

From 1983 to 1995, Dr. Collins managed the Metropolitan Dialysis Division and the clinical database of the Regional Kidney Disease Program at Hennepin County Medical Center, coordinating all areas of patient care, data collection, quality assurance, death reviews, computer systems, and analyses.

Dr. Collins has served the National Kidney Foundation in many capacities, including as president for three years. He has also been on the foundation’s scientific advisory board and its kidney dialysis outcomes quality initiative. He served on the Commission for the Global Advancement of Nephrology Committee of the International Society of Nephrology.

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.