AAKP National Awards

AAKP's National Awards were presented at the 2019 National Patient Meeting in September in Washington, D.C.

AAKP national awards were presented for extraordinary leadership and excellence in the fight against kidney diseases.  Awards are inspired by AAKP founders such as Shep Glazer, a kidney patient and former AAKP Board Member who dialyzed in front of the U.S. Congress 50 years ago to show that dialysis was a life-saving bridge to kidney transplantation and a return to the workforce.  His brave act helped facilitate the 1972 Congressional passage, and subsequent signing by former President Richard M. Nixon, of legislation that created the modern Medicare ESRD Coverage Program. 


AAKP President’s Award

Paul T. Conway, AAKP Chair, Policy & Global Affairs and Co-Chair, AAKP/GWU School of Medicine & Health Sciences Inaugural Global Summit


The Peter Lundin, MD Award - awarded for a lifetime of devoted service to patients:

Dominic Raj, MD, DM, FASN, Professor of Medicine and of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Director of the Division of Renal Disease and Hypertension, George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences; Co-Chair, AAKP/GWU School of Medicine & Health Sciences Inaugural Global Summit


AAKP National Public Service Award

Paul Kimmel, MD, MACP, U.S. Civil Service; Program Director; Division of Kidney, Urological, and Hematologic Diseases, National Institutes of Health; Professor, Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension, George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences


AAKP National Journalism Award

Rajnish Mehrota, MD, FASN, Editor-in-Chief, Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology and architect of the new CJASN Patient Voice editorial program


The Samuel J. Orenstein Award – awarded for extraordinary service:

Janice Lea, MD, MSc, FASN, Emory University, a Principal Investigator for PCORI Grants and AAKP National Board of Director


AAKP National Social Media Education and Advocacy Award

Individual Category: Jennifer Jones, USMC, veteran combat videographer, Global War on Terror (GWOT) Iraq and AAKP Ambassador


Organization Category: Urban Kidney Alliance, a Baltimore-based non-profit, focused on advocating, and empowering individuals in urban cities at-risk for chronic kidney disease (CKD) and other conditions. Award accepted by Founder, Steven Belcher, RN


AAKP National Patient Engagement and Advocacy: The Bill Murray Patient Voice Award

Individual Category: Mr. Bob Abbott of Little Rock, Arkansas, retired entrepreneur and lifetime patient advocate

Organization Category: Center for Dialysis Innovations, a collaboration between UW Medicine and the University of Washington Dept. of Bioengineering. Award accepted by Glenda Roberts, Director of External Relations & Patient Engagement, Kidney Research Institute, transplant recipient and AAKP Ambassador

Public Servant Category: Mr. Kyle Hill, staff, U.S. Congress Kidney Caucus and Legislative Director for Representative Suzan DelBene.


The Dominick Gentile, MD Memorial Award - awarded for ESRD Network Program Excellence:

End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) National Coordinating Council. Award accepted by Jerome Bailey, Associate Director of Communications for ESRD NCC at Health Services Advisory Group, Inc.


AAKP National Kidney Patient Support Group of the Year

Kerrville Texas Transplant Support Group, Award accepted by Kent Bressler, Co-founder of the Kerrville Support Group, pre-emptive transplant recipient, AAKP Board of Director, and AAKP Ambassador