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 7: Diet & Kidney Health (November 29, 2022)
Episode 8: Mental Health & Kidney Disease (January 23, 2023)


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

Links from the Show:

03:55 The importance of mentorship
06:57 Asking questions a conduit to research
09:46 Why inspiration matters
12:03 Encouraging research among trainees 
12:51 Advances in research conference during Kidney Week
14:07 The plenary talks at Kidney Week
15:56 Advice for trainees to maximize Kidney Week: The Abstracts
16:19 The Kidney Physiology Early Program
18:45 Networking during poster sessions
21:06 The Late-Breaking Trials 


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

Links from the Show:

01:50: The importance of diet in kidney disease 
05:21: Discussing diet plans with patients
07:22: Potassium and chronic kidney disease- where are we?
09:45: The role of potassium in blood pressure reduction
11:18: Recommendations for protein intake in various stages of CKD
13:53: Plant-based protein- the next frontier
17:33: Social barriers to achieving healthy dietary practices
18:31: Processed foods- role in kidney function decline
20:48: Resources for patients with kidney disease
21:41: The Kidney Recipe: International Society of Renal Nutrition and Metabolism
27:02: PLADO: The Plant-Dominant Low Protein Diet
30:12: The Five, Plus Nuts and Beans for Kidneys Trial


Episode 8: Mental Health & Kidney Disease

On Episode 8, guests Dr. L Parker Gregg and patient advocate Nichole Jefferson join us for a conversation about the importance of mental health in patients with kidney disease. Nichole shares with us the importance of attention to mental health and her journey from hemodialysis to peritoneal dialysis to 2 kidney transplants. We also discuss recent and upcoming research in this area.

Links from the Show:

04:05:  Rates of depression among patients with kidney disease
06:10:  National estimates of mental health needs among adults with chronic kidney disease
06:41: The overlap of uremia and depression
09:28: The transition from dialysis to transplant
13:48: The CAST trial: effect of sertraline in patients with chronic kidney disease
14:42: The ASCEND trial: cognitive behavioral therapy vs sertraline in patients on hemodialysis
17:46: Adverse effects associated with antidepressant use in patients with chronic kidney disease
21:16: Resources for support for patients with kidney disease
23:06 CONCORD study: Combination of Novel Therapies for CKD Comorbid Depression