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The Scientific Advisory Board advises the NKFM regarding programs and services, including research, public education, patient services, and professional education. Members are experts in the field of nephrology – physicians, researchers, nurses, nutritionists, and social workers.

Scientific Advisory Board Members

  • Khaled M. Ismail, M.D. -Chair
  • Silas Norman, M.D. -Past Chair
  • Basil Abdo, M.D.
  • Zeenat Y. Bhat, M.D.
  • Arti Bhan, M.D., F.A.C.E
  • Melissa J. Gregory, M.D.
  • Dina Hafez Griauzde, MD, MSc
  • Della Hughes Carter, RN, DNP, BC-GNP
  • Heather Henderson, D.O.
  • Gregory D. Krol, M.D., F.A.C.P.
  • Lalathaksha Kumbar, MD FASDIN
  • Saima Mansuri, M.D.
  • Tim McDonald
  • Yahya M. Osman, M.D.
  • Amy Barton Pai, PharmD, MHI
  • Rachel Perlman, M.D.
  • Gary Roth, D.O.
  • Rajiv Saran, M.D.
  • Sandeep Soman, M.D.
  • Randall S. Sung, M.D.


The Michigan Council of Nephrology Social Workers (MCNSW) is an organization of nephrology social workers serving patients in Michigan’s dialysis and kidney transplant centers. We are affiliated with the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) and are a chapter of the Council of Nephrology Social Workers (CNSW) of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF).

Our quarterly meetings provide members with an opportunity to network, learn new medical facts, and gather information to advocate for quality patient care. The Council was organized to ensure communication between Michigan’s renal social workers. Members focus on discussing values, ideas, and problems. We also work toward improving our clinical knowledge base and our efficiency. The MCNSW is striving to improve the social work profession and find solutions to ongoing patient problems.

MCNSW enhances social work practice by the following: sharing educational tools; providing guest speakers; gathering data from dialysis units statewide; providing group support; and gathering current legislative, statistical, environmental, and insurance information that impacts Michigan renal patients.

MCNSW supports the nephrology community on a national and state level by holding national CNSW offices or committee positions; participating in NKFM fundraisers and special projects; serving on the Kidney Disease Advisory Committee; helping plan the annual NKFM professional symposium; serving on the Patient Services Committee of the NKFM and monitoring legislative and insurance issues on state and national levels, advocating when necessary.

Interested in becoming a member? Click here to apply and pay online- MCNSW Membership.

There are many great benefits to being an MCNSW member:

  • As a member, you will receive all MCNSW mailings, have voting privileges and continue to be updated on all of the current changes in the field of nephrology social work.        
  • You will gain access to membership on the MCNSW e-mail listserv where you can gather resources and ask questions of your fellow nephrology social workers across the state.
  • We hold quarterly in-person MCNSW meetings at the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) that offer an opportunity to network, learn about new resources, and gather information to best advocate for quality patient care. These meetings offer a free afternoon speaker session from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. with social work CEUs.
  • You will receive a discounted rate for the Annual MCNSW Spring Symposium, which offers 6 CEUs and at the member rate is only $50.
  • You will be able to apply for educational stipends to offset costs for educational events.

For questions or additional information, please contact Nicole Schovers at [email protected].

"Primary Care Snapshots: Management of Chronic Kidney Disease” are five, short videos designed to offer providers quick, pertinent and practical information on the clinical management of CKD.  The series is based on the book, Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD): Clinical Practice Recommendations for Primary Care Physicians and Healthcare Providers, 6th Edition, and hosted by the book’s editors and authors Drs. Gregory Krol and Jerry Yee.  The video series was developed as a component of a National Association of Chronic Disease Directors demonstration project with technical assistance and support from the Michigan Department of Community Health’s Diabetes and Other Chronic Diseases section. 

Below are links to the videos on the NKFM YouTube Channel at

Show 1: Introduction and Risk Factors

Show 2: Lab Interpretation and Diagnostics

Show 3: Medication Considerations

Show 4: Nephrology Consultation

Show 5: CKD Resource Information