Distinguished Conversations - Preface

Once again, Kidney News brings together two outstanding clinicians, scientists, teachers, and leaders in nephrology and medicine in a “Distinguished Conversation.” Each has transformed the practice of nephrology with excellent examples of bed-to-bench problem-solving, bringing innovative care back to their own as well as to our patients.

Joel Kopple, MD, is currently Professor at the David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine and the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He served from 1981 to 2007 as Chief of the Division of Nephrology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Known as the father of renal nutrition, Dr. Kopple has contributed greatly to our understanding of the impact of kidney disease on nutritional status and on the influence of nutrition on kidney function and health. Toward this end, he has published more than 500 papers, books, and chapters, including the authoritative “Nutritional Management of Renal Disease.” He has garnered many prestigious awards, including the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) David M. Hume Memorial Award, the ASN Belding H. Scribner Award, and the Louis Pasteur Award of the University of Strasbourg, France.

Dr. Kopple served as President of NKF and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations. He played a seminal role in founding the International Society for Renal Nutrition and Metabolism, the International Federation of Kidney Foundations, and World Kidney Day, and he served a central role in founding the Rhoads Research Foundation of ASPEN and the National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) of the National Institutes of Health. The NKF Council on Renal Nutrition established the annual Joel D. Kopple Lectureship and Award in his honor, and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations also established an annual Joel D. Kopple Award.

Richard Glassock, MD, is Professor Emeritus at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA. He is an internationally known expert in nephrology, especially glomerular disease, the aging kidney, and kidney function.

A native Californian, Dr. Glassock attended Duke University School of Medicine, graduated from UCLA Medical School, and trained in nephrology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and in immunopathology at the Scripps Research Institute. He has held innumerable leadership positions, including Chair of Medicine at UCLA Harbor Hospital and at the University of Kentucky School of Medicine. He also served as Chairman of the American Board of Internal Medicine, President of NKF, President of ASN, and founding Editor-in-Chief of ASN NephSAP. Among his many honors are the NKF David M. Hume Memorial Award, the UCLA School of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award, the NKF Distinguished Service and President’s Award, the American Kidney Fund Torchbearer Award, the Medal of Excellence of the American Association of Kidney Patients, and the ASN Robert G. Narins Award for educational excellence. He has published over 600 papers, books, book chapters, and monographs. He continues to actively teach internationally and is widely sought for his academic and clinical insights.

Please enjoy this discussion and let us know what you think of the series.

Richard Lafayette, MD, editor-in-chief, ASN Kidney News