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Kidney Week

Clinical Practice Session

Improving Interobserver Agreement and Clinical Value of Renal Biopsies, Including the Burton D. Rose, MD, Endowed Lectureship

November 06, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: On-Demand, Virtual Only

Session Description

More than 100,000 kidney biopsies are performed annually in the United States, and many more around the world, for the purpose of providing diagnostic information used in treating patients with kidney diseases. However, the clinical value of such biopsies is limited by the variability in how pathologists define, report, and grade individual lesions. This session focuses on recent developments in improving interobserver agreement among pathologists in defining morphologic lesions, reporting biopsy findings, and integrating findings from newer technologies into biopsy interpretation and reporting.

ASN gratefully acknowledges Wolters Kluwer (publisher of UpToDate), the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Department of Medicine Foundation, the Rose Family, and several of Dr. Rose’s colleagues for supporting this lectureship.

Learning Objective(s)

  • Summarize recent efforts aimed at establishing consensus among renal pathologists in defining individual renal lesions and providing uniformity in reporting diagnoses and other key information on renal biopsies that is most relevant to patient care
  • Report the impact of these efforts to establish consensus
  • Discuss means for integrating the findings of studies employing newer technologies with morphologic renal biopsy findings to optimize the provision of clinically relevant information for patient care

Learning Pathway(s)

  • Pathology
  • Glomerular Diseases


  • Carla L. Ellis, MD, MS
  • Virginie Royal, MD