(Brussels) —— Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) is pleased to announce its new Co-Chair Elect, Morgan Grams, MD, PhD, MHS. Dr. Grams was elected by the KDIGO Executive Committee and will assume her post in 2023.
Dr. Grams will join Michel Jadoul, MD (Head of Nephrology, Cliniques Universitaires Saint Luc, and Professor of Medicine at Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium) as Co-Chair of KDIGO. She will succeed Wolfgang Winkelmayer, MD, MPH, ScD (Chief of Nephrology, Professor of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, United States), who has served in this volunteer role since 2016. KDIGO Co-Chairs serve as the foundation’s top leaders, elected by the members of the Executive Committee, and devise organizational strategy, prioritization of topics, planning of activities, and ensure the highest quality and clinical utility of its scientific products.
Dr. Grams is Co-Director of the Division of Precision Medicine, and the Susan and Morris Mark Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Population Health at New York University Langone. In her capacity as Co-Director of the Division of Precision Medicine, Dr. Grams works with clinicians and computational scientists to perform innovative, clinically relevant research in areas that include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and kidney disease. Dr. Grams continues to serve as a leader of the Chronic Kidney Disease Prognosis Consortium, a well-known organization that analyzes and publishes data on various aspects of progressive chronic kidney disease. Before moving to New York City, she had a distinguished career at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She attended medical school at Columbia University and completed her nephrology fellowship at Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Grams stated, “KDIGO is a powerful global force in translating evidence-based knowledge to the care of patients with kidney disease. I am deeply honored to continue this important work with Dr. Jadoul, Dr. Winkelmayer, and the KDIGO team. Our goal is to improve outcomes of patients worldwide.”
Dr. Winkelmayer said, “Leading KDIGO over the past seven years has been the privilege of my professional career. I am excited to welcome Dr. Grams as incoming Co-Chair and to see her ideas and leadership, in collaboration with my esteemed colleague Dr. Jadoul, direct KDIGO to even greater service towards benefitting patients and the global kidney health community.”
“Dr. Grams is an outstanding choice for KDIGO Co-Chair, and we are all excited for the new ideas and energy she will bring,” said Dr. Jadoul. “The entire KDIGO organization welcomes Dr. Morgan Grams to its leadership team.”