Nephrologist Holly Kramer, MD, MPH, of Loyola University Medical Center, has been named president-elect of the National Kidney Foundation Inc. She will take on the position in October, replacing current NKF president Michael J. Choi, MD.

“I am both honored and energized by this opportunity to serve the people affected by kidney disease, address kidney health issues on a broad scale, advocate for patients and maintain the high standards of public service set by the National Kidney Foundation,” Kramer said in a press release from the NKF.

An associate professor of public health sciences and medicine in the division of nephrology and hypertension at Loyola, Kramer’s research interests include kidney disease, nutrition and cardiovascular disease. Long associated with the NKF, she is a member of its scientific advisory board and is vice chair of NKF’s Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (NKF KDOQI) Controversies and Commentaries. Previously, she served on the program committee for three of NKF’s spring clinical meetings. Kramer was also vice chair of NKF’s KDOQI Research Program and was a member of NKF’s Research Grant Review Committee. In 2016, she was the recipient of NKF’s Garabed Eknoyan Award for her key contributions to NKF’s KDOQI guidelines and for clinical research in kidney disease.

“Dr. Kramer’s distinguished professional achievements in the area of kidney health, her substantial service to the NKF, her dedication and compassion to patients with kidney disease, and her commitment to advancing public awareness of kidney disease will advance our mission to improve the lives of patients with kidney disease,” Choi said in the press release. “I eagerly look forward to her impact on the NKF with her research expertise, passion for patient care and leadership.”

Kramer’s career focus has been on the relationship between kidney disease and nutrition, particularly the impact of obesity on kidney health. Among her many publications was a recently published article in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases entitled “Kidney disease and the westernization and industrialization of food,” which states that mass production and lowered costs for food have resulted in an increase of 500 calories more per day and the ongoing obesity epidemic, which has likely contributed to the epidemic of kidney disease.