The Nephron Segment: A Kidney Podcast

 always concentrated, sometimes convolute, but never dilute

Episode 1: Ethics & Transplantation (March 24, 2022)
Episode 2: The Hype Around Home Dialysis (April 14, 2022)
Episode 3: “Get to Know the Person Before the [Kidney] Disease” (May 24, 2022)
Episode 4: “Diversity is Important, but Inclusion is Way More Important” (June 30, 2022)
Episode 5: Nurses & Kidney Care (September 3, 2022)
Episode 6: Kidney Researchers & Kidney Week (October 20, 2022)


Episode 1: Ethics & Transplantation (March 24, 2022)

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It’s Episode 1 of The Nephron Segment! Join us as we chat with Dr. Lilia Cervantes and Dr. Peter Reese and discuss ending emergency-only dialysis for undocumented immigrants in Colorado, ethics of transplantation, and xenotransplantation. 

Nephrons: Elinor Mannon, Sam Kant, Matthew Sparks, Samira Farouk
Guests: Lilia Cervantes, Peter Reese

Links from the Show:

11:20 Association of Citizenship Status With Kidney Transplantation in Medicaid Patients
11:51 Kidney transplantation in undocumented immigrants with ESRD: a policy whose time has come? (Linden et al.)
Organ donation among undocumented hispanic immigrants: an assessment of knowledge and attitudes (Baru et al.)
12:23 Undocumented immigrants apply for a driver’s license in CA
13:48 Racial disparities in preemptive waitlisting and deceased donor kidney transplantation: Ethics and solutions (Reese et al.)
20:25 Transplantation Ethics (Robert Veatch & Lainie F Ross)
When Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant Surgeon (Joshua Mezrich)
22:06 Peter Ubel & Financial Toxicity
26:23 Passage of the Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act—a Chance to Celebrate and Reflect (Gill J et al.)
28:57 eGenesis
30:05  Pig kidney transplant at New York University (NY Times)
Pig kidney transplant at University of Alabama (American Journal of Transplantation)
30:53 Pig heart transplant at University of Maryland (NPR)
38:02 EMTALA
41:30 NephMadness


Episode 2: The Hype Around Home Dialysis (April 14, 2022)

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On Episode 2,  guests Dr. Janice Lea and Dr. Osama El Shamy join us for a discussion about home dialysis: it’s history, why it’s important, and their thoughts the future – including addressing of barriers to meet lofty Advancing American Kidney Health initiative goals and training of the nephrology workforce.

Nephrons: Elinor Mannon, Sam Kant, Matthew Sparks, Samira Farouk
Guests: Janice Lea, Osama El Shamy

Links from the Show:

For more on home hemodialysis, check out the Home Dialysis Series on Renal Fellow Network


Episode 3: “Get to Know the Person Before the [Kidney] Disease”

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On Episode 3, guests Morgan Reid & Patrick O. Gee PhD, JLC join us to share their journeys as patients with kidney disease – who received both dialysis and kidney transplants. They share incredibly powerful personal experiences and their advice for kidney healthcare providers.

Nephrons: Elinor Mannon, Sam Kant, Matthew Sparks, Samira Farouk
Guests: Morgan Reid, Patrick O. Gee

Links from the Show:

3:05 Delayed graft function
5:27 Peritoneal Dialysis
7:10 IgA nephropathy
9:57 Lupus nephritis
11:00 Living kidney donor evaluation process
12:00  Mistrust, misperceptions, and miscommunication: A qualitative study of preferences about kidney transplantation among African-Americans
13:00 Social media & living kidney donation
16:00 Health Literacy in African-American Communities: Barriers and Strategies
17:37 Social determinants of health & NephMadness (Patrick O. Gee)
18:00 Chronic kidney disease classification 
23:55 African-Americans suffer from some of the highest rates of end stage kidney disease (ESKD) in comparison to other racial ethnic groups
25:11 The Organ Thieves: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South
26:24 Donate life
26:30 Living donor protection act
26:55 Clinical trials seek to fix their lack of racial mix 
34:00 National Kidney Foundation peer mentoring program for patients with kidney disease (NKF PEERS) 
36:05 Vaca frita


Episode 4: “Diversity is Important, but Inclusion is Way More Important”

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On Episode 4, guests Dr. Genzton Hall and Dr. Narjust Florez join us for a conversation about their journeys in medicine and the importance of diversity, inclusion, and the creation of communities to foster acceptance and belongingness. Dr. Florez shares why the term “cultural competency” should be forgotten – and replaced with “cultural humility.”


Episode 5: “Nurses & Kidney Care” 

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In Episode 5, guests Terri Murrray, RN and Jonathan Armenti, RN join us for a discussion about the role of nurses in dialysis and kidney transplantation in the care of patients with kidney disease. They discuss their journeys to their current careers, challenges faced by our patients, the hardest parts of their jobs, and recommendations on how we can improve kidney care.

Nephrons: Elinor Mannon, Sam Kant, Matthew Sparks, Samira Farouk
Guests: Terri Murray, Jonathan Armenti

Links from the Show:

1:42 The experience of being a dialysis nurse
5:47 Role of the transplant coordinator
8:59 Challenges faced by patients receiving dialysis 
14:43 Care coordination for patients receiving dialysis
16:12 Improving care for patients with kidney transplants
16:44 Importance of social support in kidney transplantation
18:06 Living kidney donation awareness
19:21 Building trust with patients
19:55 Empathetic validation in patient-provider communication
22:55 The emergence of home dialysis
24:35 The focus on patient reported outcomes
27:50 Social support: imperative for patients receiving dialysis
31:32 Nutrition in kidney disease
32:48 Educating patients about their disease and improving involvement in their care
34:19: Patient and care-partner empowerment


Episode 6: Kidney Researchers & Kidney Week (October 20, 2022)

In Episode 6, guests Catherine Godson, PhD & Kirk Campbell join us for a discussion about their careers as physician-scientists. They discuss their journeys to their current careers, the “moment” they knew research was the career for them, and share advice for trainees. American Society of Nephrology 2022 Kidney Week Program Co-Chairs Dr. Godson & Dr. Campbell also give us a sneak peak into this year’s conference, which starts November 3rd.

Nephrons: Sam KantMatthew SparksSamira Farouk

Guests: Catherine Godson, Kirk Campbell


Episode 7: Diet & Kidney Health (November 29, 2022)

On Episode 7, guests Dr. Crystal Tyson and Dr. Annabel Biruete dive deep on diet and kidney health: why it matters for patients with kidney disease, how patients can be empowered to make dietary choices that may promote kidney health, and..what’s the PLADO diet?

Nephrons: Elinor MannonSam KantMatthew SparksSamira Farouk
Guests: Crystal Tyson, Annabel Biruete

Show notes coming soon!