The Kidney Health Initiative: Reflections and Future Perspectives

  • 1 Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD, PhD, FASN, is Professor of Medicine and the Division Director for Nephrology at the University of Arizona. He is departing the position of ASN Co-Chair of KHI in December 2018.
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The Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) was created in September 2012 through the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the American Society of Nephrology and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It is important to give recognition here to Dr. Ronald J. Falk, who in his role as ASN President at the time, was the true visionary and champion behind the formation of KHI (together with strong support from FDA leadership).

The rationale behind the formation of KHI was simple. Despite the very significant morbidity, mortality, and economic cost associated with diseases of the kidney, there were almost no new