Loyola Kidney Specialist to Lead Kidney Foundation | Loyola Medicine
Monday, January 29, 2018

Loyola Kidney Specialist Chosen to Lead National Kidney Foundation

MAYWOOD, IL –  Holly Kramer, MD, MPH, a kidney specialist and nationally known kidney disease researcher at Loyola University Chicago and Loyola Medicine, has been named president-elect of the National Kidney Foundation, Inc.
Dr. Kramer will assume leadership in October, succeeding prominent Johns Hopkins nephrologist Michael J. Choi, MD.
 
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive and longstanding organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease.
 
"I am both honored and energized by this opportunity to serve the people affected by kidney disease, address kidney health issues on a broad scale, advocate for patients and maintain the high standards of public service set by the National Kidney Foundation," Dr. Kramer said.
 
Dr. Kramer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension in the Department of Medicine of Loyola Medicine.
 
Dr. Kramer's research interests include the effects of nutrition and obesity on kidney disease and genetic variants of kidney disease. She is interested in the intersection of kidney disease and cardiovascular disease and has published articles discussing how the western diet influences kidney disease. She also led a landmark study that found that intensive treatment to lower systolic (top number) blood pressure to below 120 would save more than 100,000 lives per year in the United States.
 
Dr. Kramer has long been active in the NKF. She is a member of the foundation's Scientific Advisory Board and is vice chair of the foundation's Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative.
 
“Dr. Kramer’s distinguished professional achievements in the area of kidney health, her substantial service to the NKF, her dedication and compassion to patients with kidney disease and her commitment to advancing public awareness of kidney disease will advance our mission to improve the lives of patients with kidney disease," Dr. Choi said.
 
Dr. Kramer earned her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in internal medicine and was chief resident at Emory University School of Medicine. She completed a fellowship in nephrology at Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham and Women’s Hospital, which is affiliated with Harvard University Medical School.
 
Dr. Kramer is board certified in nephrology. She sees patients at the Loyola Outpatient Center in Maywood.

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Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.