Kidney Foundation honors 2 UW Medicine nephrologists

The National Kidney Foundation will honor two faculty members at the University of Washington School of Medicine for their contributions to kidney-disease research.

Dr. Katherine Tuttle, a clinical professor of medicine, will receive the the Garabed Eknoyan Award for her work to advance the early diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease.

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Drs.Katherine Tuttle and Jonathan Himmelfarb.
pictures of Drs.Katherine Tuttle and Jonathan Himmelfarb.

"I am excited to provide research studies to patients who have chronic kidney diseases or who are at risk for them. It's important to reduce the enormous burden of death and end-stage renal disease experienced by many regional populations," Tuttle said. 

Dr. Jonathan Himmelfarb, a professor of medicine, will receive the Donald W. Seldin Award for excellence in clinical nephrology. 

"I am thrilled to receive the 2017 Donald W. Seldin Award," Himmelfarb said. "Throughout his illustrious career, Dr. Seldin exemplified bringing the best and most rigorous science to the patient bedside. Patients’ needs always came first."

Himmelfarb directs the Kidney Research Institute and is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed publications. He has served on expert panels for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Veterans Health Administration, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. He is also a nephrologist who cares for patients with kidney disease, and an internationally recognized educator.

Tuttle is co-principal investigator at the UW Institute of Translational Health Sciences and an investigator at the Kidney Research Institute. She directs research at Providence Health Care in Spokane. She also is a member of the Board of Directors for the Kidney Health Initiative for the American Society of Nephrology and the United States Food and Drug Administration. 

The awards will be made next week at the foundation's spring meeting in Orlando, Florida.


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