Medal of Excellence 2021

The American Association of Kidney Patients’ (AAKP) Medal of Excellence is one of the Association's highest honors for kidney healthcare professionals and is designed to elevate local, national and international figures who have been in the forefront of advancements in kidney care and patient empowerment. The award recognizes professionals who are committed to improving and extending the lives of all  kidney patients through advocacy, research, technology and quality-driven  treatments that protect patient dignity and fully align with patient aspirations. This prestigious award program recognizes a variety of professionals within the health care team including: nephrologists, transplant surgeons, transplant professionals, nurses, social workers, dietitians and dialysis technicians.

AAKP Congratulates the 2021 Medal of Excellence Award Recipients

PHYSICIAN CATEGORY
Janice Lea, MD, MSC, FASN (Atlanta, GA)

TRANSPLANT SURGEON CATEGORY
Michael Alan Rees, MD, PhD (Toledo, OH)

TRANSPLANT PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY
Emily A. Blumberg, MD, FACP, FIDSA, FAST (Philadelphia, PA)

NURSING CATEGORY
Lillian Pryor, MSN, RN, CNN (Lawrenceville, GA)

SOCIAL WORK CATEGORY
Shannon Wright, BSW (Raleigh, NC)

DIETETIC CATEGORY
Jessie Pavlinac, MS, RD, CSR, LD (Portland, OR)

DIETETIC CATEGORY
Katy Wilkens, MS, RD (Seattle, WA)

SPECIAL RECOGNITION: RESEARCH & POLICY
Barry H. Smith, PhD, MD (New York, NY)

DIETETIC CATEGORY
Kathy Schiro Harvey, MS, RDN, CSR (Everett, WA)

DIALYSIS TECHNICIAN CATEGORY
Brenda Rickards, CHT, CCHT-A, FKNF (Columbia, SC)

AAKP honors Medal of Excellence recipients throughout the year at various events.  2021 recognition events* (virtual) include:

*Additional events will be added as they are confirmed.

To recognize a 2020 awardee, please consider making an In-Honor donation in their name to AAKP (Donate Now) or consider sponsoring this year’s Medal of Excellence Award program (button to download sponsorship form)”.

AAKP Thanks our 2021 Sponsors!

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Past Award Recipients

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