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We're on a mission


To improve the care and outcomes of patients with kidney disease worldwide through the development and implementation of global clinical practice guidelines.

What we do


KDIGO is a global organization developing and implementing evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in kidney disease. It is an independent, volunteer-led, self-managed foundation incorporated in Belgium and accountable to the public and the patients it serves.

KDIGO has a network of dedicated volunteers from around the world who promote awareness, dissemination, adoption, and clinical integration of KDIGO Guidelines both globally and in their respective countries or regions.

KDIGO has a small but energetic core staff who facilitate its work across the globe.

John Davis
Chief Executive Officer

Danielle Green
Executive Director

Michael Cheung
Chief Scientific Officer

Melissa Thompson
Chief Operating Officer

Amy Earley
Guideline Development Director

Kathleen Conn
Director of Communications

Tanya Green
Events Director

Coral Cyzewski
Events Coordinator

  1. Guidelines

    KDIGO guidelines translate scientific advances into useful and practical clinical practice recommendations and observations.

  2. Conferences

    KDIGO regularly convenes Controversies Conferences which bring together expert thought leaders to discuss and debate nephrology-related issues not yet fully resolved.

  3. Implementation

    KDIGO implementation activities include sessions at society congresses, stand-alone KDIGO meetings, summits, expert roundtables, implementation kits, speaker tours and more.

Our History


Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) was originally established in 2003 by the National Kidney Foundation, a U.S. foundation experienced in developing and implementing guidelines. In 2013 KDIGO became an independently incorporated non-profit foundation, and is governed by an international volunteer Executive Committee.

Read more about KDIGO in our 2018 Annual Report.

Executive Committee

KDIGO is governed by a volunteer Executive Committee made up of leading nephrology experts from around the globe that are also part of the Global Network. They make critical decisions about KDIGO priorities, projects, and resource allocations. The 2022 Executive Committee Members are:

  • Michel Jadoul BELGIUM • Co-Chair
  • Wolfgang Winkelmayer USA • Co-Chair
  • Mustafa Arici TURKEY
  • Gloria Ashuntantang CAMEROON
  • Tara Chang USA
  • John Davis USA
  • Irene de Lourdes Noronha BRAZIL
  • Jenny Flythe USA
  • Masafumi Fukagawa JAPAN
  • Morgan Grams USA
  • Fan Fan Hou CHINA
  • Joachim Ix UNITED STATES
  • Meg Jardine AUSTRALIA
  • Markus Ketteler GERMANY
  • Jolanta Malyszko POLAND
  • Laura Solá URUGUAY
  • Paul Stevens UNITED KINGDOM
  • Sydney Tang HONG KONG
  • Irma Tchokhonelidze GEORGIA
  • Marcello Tonelli CANADA

Strategic Partners


KDIGO depends on volunteer and corporate support to educate the global kidney community and improve outcomes for patients all over the world. They build knowledge and awareness through KDIGO and are recognized here for their donations. KDIGO Partners provide general, strategic support to the KDIGO Foundation, as well as direct support to specific programs, such as Controversies Conferences and development of Educational Resources. KDIGO does not elicit corporate support for Clinical Practice Guidelines.