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Harvard Medical School


Mar 15—20, 2020
6 days
Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Updates, advances and practical information you can use now to screen, diagnose and manage patients with kidney disease

With more than 50 interactive lectures, case-based workshops and “Meet the Professor” sessions, this CME course provides a comprehensive review in all areas of nephrology.

Many practicing nephrologists and physicians find it difficult to keep up with the rapid scientific and technological advances in renal care because medicine is changing at a faster pace than ever before. As busy clinicians, we need to stay current in order to optimize patient care and improve outcomes.

We invite you to advance your knowledge by joining world-renowned experts and Harvard Medical School’s leading clinical faculty for a comprehensive review of nephrology. The most important updates and advances in the diagnosis and treatment of kidney diseases will be taught, including practical information that you can use now to provide exceptional patient care.

This CME course will address pathophysiologic and clinical issues in the major areas of nephrology, including:

  • Diagnostic testing
  • Evidence-based treatment plans
  • Individualized therapy and management strategies
  • What you need to do now to optimize patient outcomes

Presenters will also discuss well-recognized medical complications and provide specific recommendations for optimal care. This is an excellent opportunity to learn the latest “best practices” and enhance your clinical skills. Both new and returning attendees will benefit from the comprehensive curriculum.

Engaging Sessions with Prominent Experts and Colleagues

All sessions are led by prominent teachers and clinicians who provide specific recommendations for incorporating the latest updates into your practices. Course material will be presented in a distraction-free environment through formats that include:

  • Innovative lectures
  • Valuable case-based sessions
  • Interactive workshops with the Audience Response System
  • Helpful small-group “Meet the Professor” sessions to discuss challenging cases and ask pressing questions
  • Informal opportunities to share and exchange information and teachings with peers and fellow healthcare professionals

Why You Should Attend?

Increase your skills and knowledge to deliver unparalleled care to your patients. You will leave the course with:

  • The latest nephrology knowledge, insight and teachings from leading authorities and clinical educators
  • A greater understanding of how to apply the latest tools and tests in your practice
  • Awareness of your strengths and areas for improvement
  • A network of like-minded professional colleagues
  • An in-depth print and electronic syllabus packed with valuable information and real-world solutions

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss how to approach and manage patients with acid-base and electrolyte disturbances

  • Define hypertension treatment goals and management for different populations

  • Review strategies for diagnosing and managing acute kidney injury

  • Evaluate new developments to reduce the risk of chronic kidney disease progression

  • Incorporate optimal immunosuppression strategies for initial and maintenance immunosuppression

  • Develop strategies to screen, prevent and treat patients with long-terms complications of kidney transplantation

  • Define optimal management for non-immunologic complications after kidney transplantation


Day 1

7:00 AM 7:50 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast

7:50 AM 8:00 AM Introduction & Welcome Martin Pollak, MD

8:00 AM 9:00 AM State-of-the-Art Approaches to Small-Vessel Vasculitis Ronald J. Falk, MD

9:00 AM 9:45 AM Prevention and Treatment of Common PD Complications Adam M. Segal, MD

9:45 AM 10:05 AM Refreshment Break


10:05 AM 11:05 AM Membranous Glomerulopathy, Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis, Minimal Change Disease Ronald J. Falk, MD

11:05 AM 12:05 PM Optimizing Renal Support in Acute Kidney Injury: Case-Based Discussions Paul M. Palevsky, MD

12:05 PM 1:20 PM Lunch Break

12:35 PM 1:20 PM Meet-the-Professors: Answering Your Challenging Questions (bring your lunch) Ronald J. Falk, MD Paul M. Palevsky, MD

1:20 PM 2:20 PM IgA Nephropathy and H-S Purpura: Individualizing Therapy Ronald J. Falk, MD

2:20 PM 3:05 PM Contrast-Associated Acute Kidney Injury: Addressing This Common Challenge Paul M. Palevsky, MD

3:05 PM 3:15 PM Rejuvenation Exercises

3:15 PM 3:35 PM Refreshment Break

3:35 PM 4:15 PM Important Dermatology Essentials: “Never- Miss” Findings Philip I. Song, MD

4:15 PM 5:00 PM What Urologists Wish Nephrologist Would Know Peter Steinberg, MD

5:00 PM 5:30 PM Renal Imaging: Essentials for Every Nephrologist Dinushi S. Perera, MD

Day 2

7:00 AM 7:30 AM Continental Breakfast

7:30 AM 8:15 AM Acid-Base: Elementary Issues Michael Emmett, MD

8:15 AM 9:00 AM Acid-Base: Advanced Issues Michael Emmett, MD

9:00 AM 10:00 AM Relation Between Salt and Water Richard H. Sterns, MD

10:00 AM 10:20 AM Refreshment Break

10:20 AM 11:20 AM Workshop: Fluid and Electrolytes Richard H. Sterns, MD

11:20 AM 12:05 PM Test Your Knowledge: Cases and Discussion Stewart H. Lecker, MD, PhD

12:05 PM 1:20 PM Lunch Break

12:35 PM 1:20 PM Meet-the-Professors: Answering Your Challenging Questions (bring your lunch) Richard H. Sterns, MD Michael Emmett, MD

1:20 PM 2:20 PM Workshop: Acid-Base Clinical Cases Michael Emmett, MD

2:20 PM 3:05 PM Disorders of Potassium Balance: A Comprehensive Primer Richard H. Sterns, MD

3:05 PM 3:15 PM Rejuvenation Exercises

3:15 PM 3:30 PM Refreshment Break

3:30 PM 4:30 PM The Management of the Incidentally Discovered Adrenal Mass Anand Vaidya, MD, MMSc

4:30 PM 5:30 PM Endocrine Hypertension: Primary Aldosteronism and Pheochromocytoma Anand Vaidya, MD, MMSc

Day 3

7:00 AM 7:30 AM Continental Breakfast

7:30 AM 8:45 AM Pathology and Mechanisms of Glomerular Diseases Helmut G. Rennke, MD

8:45 AM 9:30 AM Advanced Kidney Disease in Vulnerable Patients: Prognosis and Treatment Decision Conversations Robert A. Cohen, MD, MSc

9:30 AM 9:50 AM Refreshment Break

9:50 AM 10:50 AM Immunosuppressive Management in Acute Infection and Malignancy in Renal Transplantation Daniel C. Brennan, MD, FACP

10:50 AM 12:05 PM Update on Renal Artery Disease and Resistant Hypertension Marc A. Pohl, MD

12:05 PM 1:20 PM Lunch Break

12:35 PM 1:20 PM Meet-the-Professors: Answering Your Challenging Questions (bring your lunch) Daniel C. Brennan, MD, FACP Marc A. Pohl, MD

1:20 PM 2:20 PM Overview of Renal Transplant Rejection: Pathology, Diagnosis, Treatment and Outcomes Daniel C. Brennan, MD, FACP

2:20 PM 3:20 PM Demystifying Genetics in the Renal Clinic: A Practical Approach Martin Pollak, MD

3:20 PM 3:30 PM Rejuvenation Exercises

3:30 PM 3:45 PM Refreshment Break

3:45 PM 4:45 PM Unraveling the Mechanisms of Tubulointerstitial Injury Melanie P. Hoenig, MD

4:45 PM 5:45 PM Management of the Failing Kidney: Best Practices for Care Martha Pavlakis, MD

Day 4

7:00 AM 7:30 AM Continental Breakfast

7:30 AM 8:30 AM Updates on the Management of Chronic Kidney Disease Bradley M. Denker, MD

8:30 AM 9:15 AM Workshop: Challenging Cases in Glomerular Disease Helmut G. Rennke, MD

9:15 AM 10:15 AM Noninfectious Complications of Renal Transplant Martha Pavlakis, MD

10:15 AM 10:30 AM Refreshment Break

10:30 AM 11:30 AM Maintenance Immunosuppression in Renal Transplantation Martha Pavlakis, MD

11:30 AM 12:30 PM Management of Polycystic Kidney Disease Theodore I. Steinman, MD

12:30 PM 1:30 PM Controversial Issues in the Treatment of Mild Hypertension Bradley M. Denker, MD

Day 5

7:00 AM 7:30 AM Continental Breakfast

7:30 AM 8:30 AM Advances in Phosphate Homeostasis Management Myles S. Wolf, MD, MMSc

8:30 AM 9:30 AM Management of Hypertension in Nephropathy and Diabetes: An Update George L. Bakris, MD, FASH, FASN

9:30 AM 9:50 AM Refreshment Break

9:50 AM 10:50 AM Management of Nondiabetic Chronic Kidney Disease George L. Bakris, MD, FASH, FASN

10:50 AM 11:15 AM Amyloidosis? Lauren D. Stern, MD

11:15 AM 12:00 PM Case-Based Clinical Questions Robert S. Brown, MD

12:00 PM 1:15 PM Lunch Break

12:30 PM 1:15 PM Meet-the-Professors: Answering Your Challenging Questions (bring your lunch) George L. Bakris, MD, FASH, FASN Robert S. Brown, MD

1:15 PM 2:00 PM What’s New? Current Controversies in Salt and Water Mark L. Zeidel, MD

2:00 PM 3:00 PM Case-Based Workshop: Problems in Dialysis John Danziger, MD

3:00 PM 3:10 PM Rejuvenation Exercises

3:10 PM 3:30 PM Refreshment Break

3:30 PM 4:30 PM Treating Lupus Nephritis in 2018 Gerald B. Appel, MD

4:30 PM 5:30 PM Diagnosis and Management of Thrombotic Microangiopathies Gerald B. Appel, MD

5:30 PM 5:55 PM Ophthalmology Update for the Nephrologist Deborah S. Jacobs, MD

Day 6

7:00 AM 7:30 AM Continental Breakfast

7:30 AM 8:30 AM A Comprehensive Look at Renal Stones: Strategies and Treatment Options Gary C. Curhan, MD, ScD

8:30 AM 9:15 AM Selected Management Issues in Nephrotic Syndrome Jai Radhakrishnan, MD, MS

9:15 AM 9:45 AM Refreshment Break

9:45 AM 10:45 AM Renal Aspects of Dysproteinemias Gerald B. Appel, MD

10:45 AM 11:45 AM Diuretic Strategies in CNF, NS, Cirrhosis and CKD Jai Radhakrishnan, MD, MS

11:45 AM 12:45 PM Case-Based Workshop: Challenging Glomerular Biopsy Cases Gerald B. Appel, MD

12:45 PM 2:00 PM Lunch Break

1:15 PM 2:00 PM Meet-the-Professors: Answering Your Challenging Questions (bring your lunch) Gerald B. Appel, MD Jai Radhakrishnan, MD, MS

2:00 PM 2:45 PM Hemodialysis Delivery: Complications and the Barriers to Adequate Dialysis Mark E. Williams, MD, FACP, FASN

2:45 PM 3:45 PM Renal Disease and Pregnancy Ravi I. Thadhani, MD, MPH

3:45 PM 4:45 PM AV Access: Issues and Challenges Amy R. Evenson, MD, MPH

Who should attend

  • Practicing Nephrologists interested in refreshing their knowledge
  • Physicians who care for patients in primary care practice settings


Gerald B. Appel, MD, is Co-Director of Clinical Nephrology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center in New York, New York, and is a tenured Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is Director of the Glomerular Kidney ...
George Bakris, MD, specializes in the diagnosis and reduction of high blood pressure, particularly in complicated and refractory cases. He is also skilled in the treatment of kidney disease, with special expertise in diabetes-related kidney disease and slowing its progression. As director of the ...
Daniel C. Brennan, M.D., joins the Johns Hopkins Division of Renal Medicine as professor of nephrology and medical director of the Comprehensive Transplant Center. Dr. Brennan’s areas of clinical expertise include transplant nephrology and renal disease. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Dr. Brenn...
Research Major research interests: Nephrolithiasis: Risk Factors and Prevention Analgesic Nephropathy Mild Chronic Kidney Disease Hypertension: Risk Factors and Prevention Gout: Epidemiology Hearing Loss: Epidemiology Tinnitus: Epidemiology Dr. Curhan is a member of the Channing Laboratory...
Michael Emmett, MD was born in a displaced persons camp near Linz, Austria, to survivors of the Holocaust on October 29, 1945. He and his family immigrated to Chester and then Philadelphia, Pa. 5 years later. He attended public schools, Pennsylvania State University (graduating magna cum laude in...
Specialty Areas: Glomerular disease; Lupus; Vasculitis; ANCA-mediated Vasculitis Chronology: BA Cum Laude: Dartmouth College, 1973; MD: University of North Carolina, 1977; Resident: University of North Carolina, 1977; Resident: University of North Carolina, 1978-80; Nephrology Fellow: University...
Education BS, Northwestern University, 1979 M.D., Northwestern University, 1981 Training Intern and Resident, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 1984 Fellow in Nephrology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 1988 Research Interest Dr. Palevsky is Co-Chair of VA PRESER...
Dr. Radhakrishnan is Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. He is the Director of Clinical Services of the Nephrology Division. His clinical and research interests are the in the therapy of chronic kidney disease (including glomerular diseases and lupus kidney disease) and i...
Dr. Rennke is currently working at Brigham and Women's Hospital and affiliated to Harvard Medical School. He has received a medical degree from the University of Chile. He is broad certified in Anatomic Pathology. His research interests are Renal Pathology, Anatomic Pathology, Clinical and Labora...
The focus of my research is disordered mineral metabolism across the spectrum of chronic kidney disease, including dialysis, kidney transplantation and earlier stages. My research has been published in leading general medicine and subspecialty journals, including the New England Journal of Medic...

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Mar 15—20, 2020
6 days
Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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