UC Irvine Health to hold public symposium about kidney health

World Kidney Day is a reminder that your kidneys can be key to a healthy life

March 01, 2017

Chronic kidney disease is fast becoming a public health crisis. UC Irvine Health is observing World Kidney Day with a free public symposium about kidney health, featuring health screenings and leading experts in nephrology, urology, transplant and nutrition. The event is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 18 in the Auditorium/Building 53 at UC Irvine Medical Center, 101 The City Drive South in Orange.

Patients, families and interested members of the public may attend to enjoy lectures, health screenings and refreshments. This is a free event, but registration is required. Visit www.ucirvinehealth.org/worldkidneyday to register.

The UC Irvine Health World Kidney Day Symposium will address chronic kidney disease, innovations in kidney surgery, considerations for kidney transplantation and living organ donation, the relationship between diabetes and kidney health and nutrition and kidney health.

With 26 million people in the U.S. having some form of kidney damage, there is a great need to raise awareness about the dangers of kidney disease. According to the National Kidney Foundation, diabetes and high blood pressure cause two-thirds of chronic kidney disease.

Nearly 120,000 Americans are on transplant waiting lists to replace failing kidneys and the incidence of chronic kidney disease is predicted to increase by 17 percent over the next decade. The World Health Organization has recognized kidney disease as a global public health issue.

The symposium includes a health fair and screenings and attendees may choose to attend the following talks:

8 a.m. Registration and light breakfast

8:30 a.m. Welcome — “What is Chronic Kidney Disease?”

  • Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, MD – Chief and professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology & Hypertension, UC Irvine School of Medicine and President, International Society of Renal Nutrition & Metabolism.

9 a.m. “Contemporary Kidney Surgery: An Innovation Revolution”

  • Jaime Landman, MD – Chair and professor, Department of Urology, UC Irvine School of Medicine and director, UC Irvine Health Ablative Oncology Center.

9:30 a.m. Break

9:45 a.m. “Introduction to Kidney Transplantation”

  • Uttam G. Reddy, MD – Assistant Professor, Division of Nephrology & Hypertension, Department of Medicine, UC Irvine School of Medicine; medical director, UC Irvine Health Kidney Transplant Program.

10:15 a.m. “Diabetes and Kidney Disease”

  • Connie M. Rhee, MD, MSc – Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology & Hypertension, UC Irvine School of Medicine; Director of Clinical and Translational Research, Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology & Hypertension, UC Irvine School of Medicine; director of UC Irvine Health Dialysis Quality Improvement and associate director of UC Irvine Health Outpatient Hemodialysis.

10:45 a.m. “Nutrition and Kidneys: Eating for Better Kidney Function”

  • Vanessa Rojas-Bautista, RDN – Renal Dietitian, Division of Nephrology & Hypertension, Department of Medicine, UC Irvine School of Medicine.

11:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Health fair and screenings

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