The Belding H. Scribner Award will be tendered to John T. Daugirdas, MD, FASN, on Saturday, October 27, for his career-long contributions to the practice of nephrology. Dr. Daugirdas is Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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. Daugirdas has made significant contributions in patient care, research, and service to professional organizations.
Dr. Daugirdas has spent many years investigating how best to use various forms of dialysis to treat patients who have CKD. He has focused on two areas of critical importance to dialysis patients: dialysis adequacy and dialysis hypotension.
Under his leadership, the University of Illinois participated as a Clinical Center in the HEMO Trial, a major randomized trial looking at dialysis adequacy. He also participated in the Frequent Hemodialysis Network Trials, which evaluated the potential benefits of dialysis given more frequently than 3 times per week.
Dr. Daugirdas is co-editor of the Handbook of Dialysis and editor of the Handbook of Chronic Kidney Disease Management. In 1995, he founded a Web journal, Hypertension, Dialysis and Clinical Nephrology, which continues to highlight advances in nephrology including articles, abstracts, and meeting presentations. He is current editor of Hemodialysis International.
He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, American Journal of Chronic Kidney Disease, American Journal of Nephrology, and Nephron Clinical Practice. He has previously been on the editorial boards of Kidney International, International Journal of Artificial Organs, American Society for Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO) Journal, Dialysis and Transplantation, Journal of Blood Purification, and American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
He has served on guideline-writing committees, the ASAIO program committee and membership committee, the International Society of Nephrology informatics committee, meeting planning committees of the National Kidney Foundation, National Institutes of Health committees, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services technical expert panels.
Dr. Daugirdas is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Honors Program in Medical Education at Chicago. He completed a surgical internship at Boston University, a surgical residency at McGill University in Montreal, and an internal medicine residency and nephrology fellowship at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Hines, Ill.