National Kidney Foundation honors Chicago-based nephrologist

Shubha Ahya, MD is the recipient of the 2021 Medical Advisory Board Distinguished Service Award. Photo: courtesy – National Kidney Foundation

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) recently recognized Dr. Shubha Ahya with its annual Medical Advisory Board Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Ahya is being honored for her outstanding community service and educational activities promoting NKF’s mission locally, according to the press release from the organization March 31, 2021.

Based in Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Ahya is a professor of medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a clinical nephrologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center.

“I have worked with NKF of Illinois for over 15 years and love the comradery of staff and volunteers to care for our kidney patient-caregiver-provider community,” Dr. Ahya is quoted saying in the press release.

Dr. Ahya is the chairperson of the Professional Advisory Board of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois and helps plan the professional programming including Citywide Grand Rounds and the annual Controversies in Nephrology.

Dr. Paul Palevsky, NKF president  said Dr. Ahya is a leader in community service in Illinois and on the frontline of NKF. He added “She is part of the future of NKF and kidney healthcare awareness.”

The award will be presented to her at the virtual NKF Spring Clinical Meetings in April.

Dr. Ahya has volunteered with her local NKF office to screen people for kidney disease and the risk factors that can lead to the disease. She has also traveled to care for patients and teach in India, Bolivia, Rwanda, and Vietnam.




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