Did you know that many of the “side effects” or symptoms people with late stage kidney disease experience can be managed? Some of the most common issues include having dry and itchy skin, feeling tired and drained after dialysis, and having trouble sleeping. You do not need to suffer through these uncomfortable experiences without help!
Our speakers, Dr. Gopa Green and social worker Diane Ruddell will discuss why some of these side effects appear in later stages of kidney disease, and how you can manage them.
Topics you can expect Dr. Green and Ms. Ruddell to address include:
- Dry, itchy skin related to kidney disease, and strategies to manage it
- Post-dialysis fatigue and recovery
- Sleep disorders in advanced kidney disease
- Resources for support
Gopa Green, MD
Dr. Green is a clinical nephrologist and partner of Nephrology Associates in Santa Rosa, California. She attended Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts and completed Internal Medicine residency and Nephrology fellowship training at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. During her Chief Residency year, she was co-editor of the 31st edition of The Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics.
She currently plays an active role in the Medical Clinical Affairs team at Satellite Healthcare with an interest in medical policy and quality in dialysis care. She is a member of the American Society of Nephrology and the Renal Physicians Association and serves as Medical Director of the Satellite Healthcare dialysis center in Windsor, California. She has been recognized for clinical excellence with the Lead Kindly Light award.
Diane Ruddell, MSW, LCSW
Diane Ruddell has been a social worker for 25 years. She has worked in various settings including foster care, outpatient mental health, home health, and for the last 9 years, in dialysis at Satellite Healthcare. Diane has worked with both in-center and home dialysis patients. In addition to her current role as a medical social worker with Wellbound Santa Rosa, Diane is also the Lead Social Worker for Satellite’s North and East Bay regions in California, providing support to dialysis social workers in 12 other Satellite centers. Diane is married with 2 teenaged daughters and enjoys hiking in Sonoma county and cheering on the Giants at baseball games in San Francisco.