Transplant Education Can Be a Key for Both Patients and Clinicians

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Patients face a variety of barriers to transplantation, and a specialist will talk about the challenges of “Educating Patients and Practitioners About the Benefits of Transplantation” in the Burton D. Rose, MD, Endowed Lectureship on Friday, Nov. 8.


Bertram L. Kasiske, MD

Citation: Kidney News 11, 10/11

The speaker will be Bertram L. Kasiske, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and director of the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR), the federal registry of solid organ transplants in the U.S.

He is former deputy director of the U.S. Renal Data System, former co-chair of Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes, and former director of nephrology at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minnesota.

Dr. Kasiske has served on many elected boards and volunteered on many committees, including serving as medical representative to the board of directors of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and chairing the Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative working group for clinical practice guidelines for the management of dyslipidemia.

He has been a council member of the International Society of Nephrology, on the scientific advisory board of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), a member of the Renal Physicians Association and ASN working group on guidelines on shared decision-making, on the ASN clinical sciences committee, secretary/treasurer of the American Society of Transplantation, and a member of the NKF task force on cardiovascular disease.

He is the former editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases and the former associate editor of the Journal of Nephrology.

Among his research interests, he was U.S. principal investigator in the Study of Heart and Renal Protection (SHARP) and has been the principal investigator for many National Institutes of Health grants to study long-term effects of kidney donation and cardiovascular disease in kidney transplant recipients. His research has resulted in almost 350 peer-reviewed articles and more than 200 editorials, reviews, and book chapters.

Among his honors, he received the NKF Garabed Eknoyan Award and an outstanding research award from his university.

Dr. Kasiske received his medical degree from the University of Iowa. He completed his internal medicine residency and fellowship training in nephrology at Hennepin County Medical Center, an affiliate hospital of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He then joined the staffs of these institutions and spent his career there.