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Hot Topics In Polycystic Kidney Disease Nutrition: A Panel Discussion

Hot Topics In Polycystic Kidney Disease Nutrition: A Panel Discussion

Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a genetic disease-causing uncontrolled growth of cysts in the kidney eventually leading to kidney failure1. While a specific diet won’t make polycystic kidneys better, certain modifications can meaningfully impact disease progression2. Join us for a panel discussion featuring 3 experts in the renal nutrition field. They will discuss hot topics and the latest research in PKD nutrition including plant-based and ketogenic diets, specific dietary guideline approaches, and kidney protective mechanisms. Additionally, actionable steps to help your patient’s implement a balanced and healthy diet will be discussed. Celebrate PKD Awareness month with us!


  2. Pickel et al (2022). Adv Nutr. 13:652-666


Shivam Joshi

Shivam Joshi, MD

Internist, Nephrologist, & Plant-Based Physician

NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, New York City*

Shivam Joshi, MD, is an internist, nephrologist, and plant-based physician practicing at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue in New York City. He received his BS from Duke University and his MD from the University of Miami. He completed his residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami and his nephrology fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a clinical assistant professor at the New York University School of Medicine with research interests in plant-based diets, fad diets, and nephrology. He has written numerous scientific articles and speaks nationally on these subjects. He is the youngest nephrologist to receive the NKF’s Joel D Kopple award, the highest award in renal nutrition. You can follow him on Twitter (@sjoshiMD).

Kam Kalantar-Zadeh

Kam Kalantar-Zadeh, MD, MPH, PhD

Professor of Medicine & Public Health

University of California School of Medicine*

Kam Kalantar studied medicine in University of Bonn, Germany, and received MPH and PhD degrees in Nutritional Epidemiology from UC Berkeley. He was trained in University of Nuremberg (Germany), SUNY Brooklyn and UCSF medical schools. He is triple board certified in Internal Medicine, Nephrology and Paediatrics. Kam has authored >900 papers and has had numerous NIH grants as PI. He is Past President of the International Society of Renal Nutrition & Metabolism (ISRNM) and co-chair of the steering committee of the “World Kidney Day”. He serves as editor in chief of the “Journal of Renal Nutrition”. Dr Kalantar’s core focus is in Nutrition and Diet in the Management of Kidney Health and Disease as well as dialysis transition and therapies.

Misty Nason

Misty Nason, RD, CSR, CD

Registered Dietitian & Nutritionist

Founder, Viva Nutrition Counseling, LLC*

Ms Nason obtained her degree in Nutrition and Food Science at Washington State University in 1998 and is board certified in renal nutrition. She has over 22 years of clinical nutrition experience and has worked with people who have chronic kidney disease for over 20 years, both early stage CKD and requiring dialysis treatment. Ms Nason has been a speaker on chronic kidney disease for local, state, and regional conferences. She also has a passion for providing nutrition counseling for diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, plant-based eating, and sports nutrition. Ms Nason is currently providing nutrition therapy in an in-center dialysis clinic with the addition of home dialysis modalities. She founded her own practice, Viva Nutrition Counseling LLC, with an emphasis on providing CKD Medical Nutrition Therapy to aid in facilitating slowing progression of CKD and bone mineral abnormalities, prevention and to promote overall health.


Molly Jansen

Molly Jansen, PhD

Nephrology Senior Medical Science Liaison

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.*

Dr Molly Jansen is a Nephrology Medical Science Liaison at Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. covering South Texas. Molly earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biomedical Science from Wake Forest School of Medicine located in Winston-Salem, NC. While in graduate school, Molly worked as a Business Development Intern at Wake Forest Innovations, fostering the collaborative innovation between industry and the faculty and staff of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. After graduate school, Molly did a brief Medical Writing Fellowship with Impact Pharmaceutical Services. Prior to joining Otsuka, Molly worked at Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc. where she helped to oversee the conduct of clinical trials across a variety of therapeutic areas including nephrology, neurology, and pulmonary, which is where she developed her passion for rare disease.

Andrea Mohindra

Andrea Mohindra, PharmD

Nephrology Medical Science Liaison

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.*

Andrea Mohindra, PharmD, is a Nephrology Medical Science Liaison covering New York City & Long Island. She earned her PharmD at the University of Rhode Island in South Kingstown, RI. Prior to joining Otsuka in 2021, Dr Mohindra held various leadership roles in retail pharmacy for 15 years in the NJ and NYC regions. Most recently, she held the role of Doctor Partnership Manager for a retail pharmacy startup company and worked closely with Psychiatrists and Migraine Specialists. She is currently licensed in New Jersey and New York state.

*Drs Joshi, Kalantar-Zadeh, and Ms Nason are paid consultants of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. (OPDC). Drs Jansen and Mohindra are employees of OPDC.

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