1 Monica Reynolds, MD, and Keisha Gibson, MD, MPH, are affiliated with the Division of Nephrology, Department of Internal Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. Laura H. Mariani, MD, MS, is affiliated with the Division of Nephrology, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Michelle A. Hladunewich, MD, MSc, is affiliated with the Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada.
This year’s World Kidney Day falls on International Women’s Day, offering the nephrology community an excellent time to reflect on the theme, “Kidneys & Women’s Health: Include, Value, Empower.”
What progress have we made in addressing women’s kidney health? Why do so many unanswered questions remain? Most important, how do we as nephrologists currently care for women with chronic kidney disease (CKD)? How do we empower them?
For many of us, topics in women’s health are fraught with anxiety owing to a poor knowledge base, uncertainties in the literature, or a lack of clinical experience. Yet our patients rely on