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Kidney Week

Clinical Practice Session

Personalizing Care in Dialysis Vascular Access: Putting the Patient First

October 22, 2020 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: On-Demand

Session Description

Viable vascular access is the lifeline for the hemodialysis patient. Maintaining the long-term function of vascular access is dependent on both biological factors and patient selection. This session presents innovative biological approaches for more personalized vascular access selection and treatment in combination with an individualized ESKD life plan.

Learning Objective(s)

  • Discuss the use of biological and clinical approaches to individualize vascular access selection and therapies
  • Assess vascular access strategies in unique patient populations requiring a vascular access
  • Summarize the cardiovascular effects of arteriovenous access placement and approaches to diagnose and mitigate cardiac dysfunction
  • Describe a patient-centered and individualized approach to vascular access planning

Learning Pathway(s)

  • Dialysis
  • Chronic Kidney Disease


  • Dirk M. Hentschel, MD, FASN
  • Mariana Murea, MD, FASN


  • Biology to Personalize Vascular Access Selection and Treatment: A Myth or Reality?
    10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD, PhD, FASN
  • Vascular Access in Unique Patient Populations: Race, Sex, and Elderly Age
    10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Karen Woo, MD, MS
  • Cardiovascular Effects of Dialysis Vascular Access Creation: Getting to the Heart of the Matter
    11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Jennifer M. MacRae, MD, MS 
  • Right Access, for the Right Patient, for the Right Reason: Putting It All Together
    11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Michael Allon, MD