The American Kidney Fund has named Dr. Susan Wong, a research fellow at the University of Washington Medical Center, the 2014–2015 Sanofi Clinical Scientist in Nephrology (CSN) fellow.

The CSN program aims to improve the quality of care provided to kidney patients by promoting clinical research in nephrology. The program enhances the training of nephrologists who want to pursue an academic career and whose primary professional commitment is to scholarship in the provision of patient care.

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Wong received her MD from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009, and is completing her renal fellowship at the University of Washington. With funding support from the American Kidney Fund and Sanofi, Wong will research the reasons some older adults do not receive dialysis as treatment for kidney failure, and the circumstances under which that decision occurs. Little is known about older adults in the United States who reach kidney failure but do not receive ongoing dialysis, Wong said.

“I am thankful that the American Kidney Fund has chosen to support my research on older adult patients with advanced kidney disease, in an effort to gain a better understanding of their treatment options and decision-making process,” Wong said.

Wong will examine differences in health care utilization and end-of-life care between older adults who receive dialysis and those who do not; and will compare changes in cognition and physical function between the two groups.