To improve the care and outcomes of people with kidney disease worldwide through the development and implementation of global clinical practice guidelines.
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.
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Scientific Officer
Guideline Development Director
Director of Science Writing
Director of Communications
KDIGO guidelines translate scientific advances into useful and practical clinical practice recommendations and observations.
KDIGO regularly convenes Controversies Conferences which bring together expert thought leaders to discuss and debate nephrology-related issues not yet fully resolved.
KDIGO implementation activities include sessions at society congresses, stand-alone KDIGO meetings, summits, expert roundtables, implementation kits, speaker tours and more.
The KDIGO Methods Manual for Guideline Development provides a comprehensive overview of the processes and evidence review methods that serve as the basis for developing and updating KDIGO Guidelines.
The manual was developed by the KDIGO Methods Committee, led by Marcello Tonelli, MD (Canada), and KDIGO Guideline Development Director, Amy Earley (United States), to explain the process of KDIGO guideline development from topic prioritization to publication. Graphics and links throughout the Methods Manual offer examples and support descriptions of often complex processes. The Methods Manual defines and explains each step in these processes, including (but not limited to) topic selection, appointment of guideline Co-Chairs and Work Group members, disclosures of interest, Scope of Work development, selecting an evidence review team, evidence review steps, format for writing guidelines, public review of the draft guideline, publication, implementation, and guideline updates. The manual is not intended as a handbook for conducting a systematic review or developing independent guidelines.
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.
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 2023 Executive Committee Members are:
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.