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Dr. Susan Wong Named American Kidney Fund Clinical Scientist in Nephrology Fellow

ROCKVILLE, Md. (April 2, 2014) — Today, the American Kidney Fund (AKF) announced that Dr. Susan Wong, a research fellow at the University of Washington Medical Center, was named as AKF’s 2014-2015 –Sanofi Clinical Scientist in Nephrology (CSN) fellow.

The CSN program strives to improve the quality of care provided to kidney patients by promoting clinical research in nephrology. The program enhances the training of nephrologists who want to pursue an academic career and whose primary professional commitment is to scholarship in the provision of patient care.

Wong received her M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009, and is completing her renal fellowship at the University of Washington. With funding support from the American Kidney Fund and Sanofi, Wong will research the reasons some older adults do not receive dialysis as treatment for kidney failure, also known as end-stage renal disease, and the circumstances under which that decision occurs. Little is known about older adults in the United States who reach kidney failure but do not receive ongoing dialysis, Wong said.

“I am thankful that the American Kidney Fund has chosen to support my research on older adult patients with advanced kidney disease, in an effort to gain a better understanding of their treatment options and decision-making process,” Wong said.

Wong will examine differences in healthcare utilization and end-of-life care between older adults who receive dialysis and those who do not; and will compare changes in cognition and physical function between the two groups.

“Since the creation of the Clinical Scientist in Nephrology fellowship in 1988, the American Kidney Fund has sponsored 33 clinicians with one overarching goal: improving the care and treatment of patients with kidney disease,” said LaVarne A. Burton, president and CEO of the American Kidney Fund.  “We believe that Dr. Wong’s work will provide important insight into those older adults who experience kidney failure but do not choose dialysis as a treatment option.”

For more information about the American Kidney Fund and the CSN program, visit


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The American Kidney Fund fights kidney disease through direct financial support to patients in need, health education and prevention efforts. It leads the nation in charitable assistance to dialysis patients. Last year, more than 87,000 people—1 out of every 5 U.S. dialysis patients—received assistance from the American Kidney Fund for health insurance premiums and other treatment-related expenses. The American Kidney Fund reaches millions of people annually through its national campaign, Pair Up: Join the Fight to Prevent Kidney Disease; free kidney health screenings; health education materials and courses; online outreach, and toll-free health information HelpLine (866-300-2900). For more information, visit

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