The American Association of Kidney Patients’ (AAKP) Medal of Excellence is the highest honor for kidney healthcare professionals and is designed to elevate national and international figures who have been in the forefront of advancements in kidney care and patient empowerment. The award recognizes those who are committed to improving and extending the lives of all kidney patients through advocacy, research, technology and quality-driven treatments that protect patient dignity and fully align with patient aspirations.

This prestigious award program recognizes a variety of professionals within the healthcare team including: nephrologists, transplant surgeons, transplant professionals, nurses, social workers, dietitians and dialysis technicians. Award recipient(s) selected within their professional category will be recognized throughout 2022 including:

• AAKP press release and announcements across Association’s social media platforms and website.

• AAKP Event(s) hosted in conjunction with professional meetings, as applicable (additional information on these events to be provided once recipients are announced).

• Spotlight article on career achievements featured in aakpRENALIFE (Association’s national magazine).

• The accompanying nomination form must be completed in its entirety to be considered eligible.

Please include the nominee’s curriculum vitae and any supporting materials that will enhance the overall nomination submission. Nomination forms and materials must be returned to AAKP by October 1, 2021.
For questions, please contact Erin Kahle, Director of Stakeholder Operations at (813) 400-2393 or
All nominations must be received by October 1, 2021 to be considered. Nominations will be reviewed by a selection panel comprising AAKP Medical Advisory Board members, Past Medal of Excellence recipients, and renowned leaders in the renal community (patient/professional).