The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) will honor Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers, Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), for his commitment to bettering the lives of patients and raising awareness of chronic kidney disease (CKD).
The Outstanding Achievement Award will be presented to Dr. Rodgers at the 33rd Annual National Kidney Foundation Kidney Ball, on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.
"The NKF is pleased to present this award to Dr. Griffin Rodgers for being a leader in his field and advancing the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease in the United States," said Pamela Gatz, Division President for the National Kidney Foundation in Washington, DC. “His tireless work has not only advanced medical knowledge, but has saved countless lives.”
As the Director of NIDDK, Dr. Rodgers provides scientific leadership and manages a staff of over 600 employees and a budget of $2 billion. Since becoming the director of the NIDDK, he has led the way in combating diabetes and kidney disease in the United States. He oversees the National Kidney Disease Education Program, which better informs patients, caretakers and professionals on the early detection and management of kidney disease. He has also reached out to those most at risk with his “Healthy Moments” broadcast commentaries on Radio One that have focused on kidney disease and its associated risk factors.