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Meet Kidney Academy

End stage renal disease (ESRD), specifically dialysis access, is a complicated condition treated by a variety of medical specialists with varied perspectives and skill-sets. Population growth predictions suggest that the burden of providing maintenance dialysis in coming decades will be daunting.


Access to reliable and applicable training in ESRD / dialysis access is limited, and significant treatment protocol disparity exists globally among professionals.

After just six months of launching, we have a global representation of 600+ members spread over 40 countries


At Kidney Academy, we believe that training empowers the medical treatment team and is paramount to improve patient outcomes. 

Our Why

Our Why

Kidney Academy, a non-profit entity dedicated to the global dialysis access community, provides an online platform that delivers accredited training and education and offers a forum for collaboration and idea sharing for this community. Join now for free. 

Who We Are

What is Kidney Academy?

Kidney Academy, a non-profit entity dedicated to the global dialysis access community, is currently building an online platform to deliver accredited training and education and offer a forum for collaboration and idea sharing for this community.

 *ACCME: Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

Kidney Academy is created by the medical care team for the medical care team. Join your colleagues in training and collaboration as we develop this resource.


To support Kidney Academy via an unrestricted educational grant to support our mission of delivering education and collaboration to the global dialysis access community, please email directly at

Mission & Vision

Who: Kidney Academy is global multidisciplinary clinical community of Physicians (Nephrology, Interventional Nephrology, Interventional Radiology, Transplant Surgery, Vascular Surgery, General Surgery) Nurses, Technologists, and other clinical staff who are dedicated to ESKD patients requiring lifesaving access for dialysis.

How: Kidney Academy bridges the knowledge and understanding gaps that exist between medical specialties, global regions, access team roles and positions, and between the clinical experts advanced in their careers and the younger trainees emerging as the next leaders. We welcome diversity and a growth mindset for the shared goal of improved patient care. Kidney Academy promotes education and collaboration of the multidisciplinary team via CME accredited content and an online discussion forum focused on Cases, Journal Publications, and other topics of interest to the clinical community.

Why: Kidney Academy’s vision is an educated clinical care team who communicates and makes decisions in a coordinated and open fashion centered around the best interest of individual patients.

The Faculty

The Faculty

The Faculty has collectively joined together for a common mission to share education about dialysis access. They bring extensive experience in clinical research, transplantation, dialysis access, interventional procedures, and nephrology.  


The Faculty and Supporting Faculty bring a vast experience in training and leadership in the ESRD and dialysis access field and aim to have a global impact with this innovative training and collaboration resource. 

Kidney Academy's mission is to provide education and collaboration to a multi-specialty and global audience serving dialysis access patients. We support all meetings and societies that aim to deliver education despite the new rules set by COVID-19. Some meetings listed below will feature highlights or select presentations on the Kidney Academy community forum for on demand viewing.​

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Stay on top of all the meetings with a dialysis access component. We've compiled a list of upcoming meetings in chronological order:

2021 Meetings

EVC-ECC | Starting Jan 19 it's online | Virtual |

The training program will offer around 200 live workshops to choose from. You can already register for EVC-ECC now. From January 19, 2021 the entire program, including E-learning modules, will be available, enabling you to select your preferred workshops and construct your own 2-day training schedule.

LINC 2021 | Jan 25-29 | Virtual |

ASDIN | Feb 17-21, 2020 | Virtual |

ASDIN is offering 21.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for the participants who join the LIVE session.


ISPD & Euro PD | Feb 28 - March 2, 2021| Virtual |

Vascular Access | Workshop Program  live from Maastricht March 7-8:

VAS | April 6-9 | Virtual |

CX International Symposium | April 19-22 | Virtual |

WoCoVA | April 29-30 | Virtual |

(POSTPONED) Lucerne European Vascular Masterclass | May 5-7, 2021 | In Person |

CRISE 2021 | Sept 25-29, 2021 | In-person |

VIVA | Sept 27-30, 2021 | In-person |​

Paris Vascular Insights | Oct 21-23, 2021 | In Person |

PARIS VASCULAR INSIGHTS is a new concept, in the continuity of the Controversies and Updates in Vascular Surgery Congress (CACVS) and its merger with iVAS and iMEET congresses, addressing all aspects of vascular disease.


VeithSymposium | Nov 16-20, 2021 | In Person |



2020 Meetings

ESNT | Oct 7, 2020 | Virtual | Unusual vascular access Time: Oct 7, 2020 08:00 PM Cairo 

Case presentations and discussions. Limited to 100 attendees.


VASA | Oct 8-10 2020 |  Virtual | 

The Vascular Access Society of the Americas is devoted to the advancement of the field of dialysis access through research, education and advocacy for patients with end stage kidney disease.  Every two years, VASA hosts the Vascular Access for Hemodialysis Symposium to provide an opportunity for continuing education in the field of vascular access. It will benefit all transplant, vascular and general surgeons, nephrologists, interventional radiologists, nurses, and allied health professionals. The 2020 VASA Vascular Access for Hemodialysis Symposium will be a virtual event, taking place October 8 – 10. On October 8, VASA will offer an Allied Health Pre-Conference Workshop as well as a Global Dialysis Forum.  Note: The VASA Symposium will be eligible for continuing education credit for physicians, nurses, and technicians.


CiDA  | Every Wednesday Oct 14-Nov 18 2020 | Virtual |

The Controversies in Dialysis Access (CiDA) meeting is the leading educational forum for surgeons, radiologists, nephrologists and medical staff who care for dialysis access patients. We embrace controversy, reject bias and invite input from faculty and attendees alike…This is what sets CiDA apart.


ASN | October 19-25 | Virtual |

This year's meeting is offered in a fully online format with educational presentations delivered live-streamed, simulive, and on-demand; ePosters; digital exhibit hall; virtual networking opportunities; and more. Annual Meeting content will launch October 22, recorded, and available in the meeting website through December 4.


ASVS | Oct 22-24, 2020 | Virtual |

For passionate vascular surgeons, the congress theme of “Roadmapping the Future of Vascular Surgery” will provide a great opportunity to meet on an influential vascular surgery platform and share knowledge and the advances in our field. A wide-ranging scientific program will be proposed consisting of plenary lectures, symposiums, debates, basic research, joint symposiums with the AVF, APVAS, and KSVS, and scientific presentations including oral and poster presentations and e-poster exhibitions on the most critical issues challenging our field.


VIVA | Nov 6-8, 2020 | Virtual |

VIVA Physicians is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing the field of vascular medicine and intervention through education, research, advocacy, and collaboration. In addition to hosting VIVA (Vascular InterVentional Advances), an annual multidisciplinary vascular education conference for physicians and healthcare professionals, VIVA Physicians also presents the Vascular Leaders Forum and collaborates with other industry-leading groups to move the field forward.

KLVAC | Dec 3-4, 2020 |Blended In Person & Virtual |

With the theme of ‘Team Approach Towards Better Vascular Access’, KLVAC aims to bring together the various stakeholders (dialysis nurses and managers, nephrologists, general surgeons, plastic surgeons, urologists and vascular surgeons) involved in vascular access to work towards one common goal which is the best therapy for all renal failure patients. It will enable the various disciplines involved to share knowledge and experiences in the various aspects of vascular access.



VAS Hemodialysis Symposium:

WoCoVA 2020

VAS Access Course

CIRSE 2020 Summit

CX: Vascular Access Master Class

European Vascular Course

Lucerne European Vascular Master Class

LINC Around the



Paris Vascular


Membership Benefits



Members can access our online ACCME-Accredited Learning Center with foundational modules focused on various aspects of dialysis access.

  • The first and only comprehensive, accredited online training program for dialysis access delivered by world-renowned experts.

  • Learn what you want, when you want from modules covering the full-spectrum of dialysis access education. 


Providing the collaboration and idea-sharing through:

  • Discussion Forums: Connect and collaborate with colleagues from around the globe. Participate in online conversations with subject matter experts. Ask questions, get answers, share ideas and resources. Gain perspectives from all different specialties that serve the same patient population from around the world - we currently have over 40 countries represented within our membership.  

    • Forums include: 1) Journal Club, 2) Case Based Learning, 3) Cannulation Club, 4) Patient Experience, and 5) Open Forum.

  • Training & Educational Calendar: A comprehensive calendar that links to events such as: Conferences, Society meetings and Industry Sponsored Sessions.

  • Dialysis Access Tool-kit: A toolkit of devices and resources for Dialysis Access, organized by general interest area (ie: procedure), subcategories of technologies used in this procedure, and further sub-folders that include manufacturer information about specific devices. Discover information about the available tools needed to perform certain procedures or find specific manufacturer information about products in specific areas of dialysis access.

  • Technology & Resource Repository: A directory searchable by Organization Type (ie: device manufacturer, professional society) and Technology Area (specific for device manufacturer) and Geographic Location served. 

  • Marketplace: A designed as a place to browse companies who have an interest in dialysis access.

  • Kidney Academy collaborates with experts to create original content: Case Based Learning presentations, expert opinion videos, webcasts, articles and more! 

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