Fellows Forum

Fellows Forum

4:00-6:00 pm

Moderator:  Shweta Bansal, MD

Judges: Finnian R. McCausland, MD, Shweta Bansal, MD, Nupur Gupta, MD

4:00-4:10              Introduction

4:10-4:20            Miraculous Recovery of Kidney Function after 16 Months of Dialysis – Hanny Sawaf, MD

4:20-4:25              Questions

4:25-4:35            Peritoneal Dialysis Related Encapsulating Sclerosing Peritonitis – Amara Sarwal, MD

4:35-4:40              Questions

4:40-4:50              A Rare Case of Bacterial Peritonitis Caused by Ralstonia Mannitolilytica in an Adult Peritoneal Dialysis Patient – Litty Thomas, MD

4:50-4:55              Questions

4:55-5:05              Guillain-Barre Syndrome Following COVID-19 in a Patient on Peritoneal Dialysis – Victor Canela, MD

5:05-5:10              Questions

5:10-5:15            All In One – Rapid Progression of Diabetic Nephropathy, Access Problems in the Form of CRBSI, Fibrin Sheath and Thrombosis of Catheter Tip, Primary Failure of AV Fistulae – Chilaka Rajesh, MD

5:15-5:20              Questions

5:20-5:30              Clinical Challenges to Prescribe Effective Hemodialysis in a Patient with Advance Liver Cirrhosis – Manoj Datta, MD  

5:30-5:35            Questions

5:35-5:45              Judges Convene

5:45                        Announce Winner/Adjourn

Innovative Approaches in Nutritional Management of CKD

12:30-2:00 pm

Innovative Approaches in Nutritional Management of CKD

Moderator: John Daugirdas, MD

12:30    Potassium Homeostasis in CKD – Biff Palmer, MD

1:00     Plant-based Diet and Mortality in Dialysis Patients – Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, MD, PhD

1:30     Pearls for Managing Hyperkalemia with Newer Potassium Binders – Roberto Pecoits Filho, MD

2:00     Break

Caring for the Caretaker: Effective Strategies to Recruit and Maintain Staff in Dialysis

Caring for the Caretaker: Effective Strategies to Recruit and Maintain Staff in Dialysis

Joint Session with Renal Healthcare Association (RHA)


Moderator: Bridget, Pfaff, MS

This session will identify unique challenges in sustaining staff in the acute and outpatient dialysis facilities and recognize strategies on developing competence and confidence in the dialysis workforce.  Presentations will focus on hiring, orientation and training, engagement, and retention strategies.  Additionally, the session will discuss the impact the pandemic has had on mental health as we continue to deal with the aftermath as well as identify coping strategies in dealing with future disasters.


  • Overview: Staffing Strategies in Dialysis – How to Hire and Get the Right People to Stay – Maria Regnier, MS, RN
  • Dialysis Staffing Strategies for Outpatient, Acute and Home Dialysis Facilities – Bridget Pfaff, MS
  • Navigating Staffing for Small and Rural Providers – Lynn Riesenberg
  • Impact of the Pandemic and Strategies to Support the Mental Health of Staff in Dialysis – Julie Williams, BSA