Empowering Care Teams to Improve Awareness, Understanding and Engagement

Kidney Disease ECHO sessions will be held from 12 to 1 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of the month. Click below to register. Click here to download the ECHO flyer.


How Does it Work?

Participants will join an interactive online video conference twice per month. They will share and discuss clinical cases related to such topics as: diagnosis, prediction and prevention of cardiovascular risk; diabetes management; non-pharmaceutical treatment of hypertension; medication management of CKD; low sodium diets; empowering patients through self-management; management of edema and anemia; co-management of CKD patients; and when to refer to a nephrologist.

What Does This ECHO Offer?

  • No cost continuing education for health care professionals
  • Collaboration, support and ongoing learning with specialist physicians and other experts
  • Patients get better care in their community
  • No cost to participating sites or individuals


The Kidney Disease ECHO will help primary care providers improve:

  • Early detection of chronic kidney disease (CKD).
  • Co-management of CKD with diabetes and hypertension through best practices.
  • Understanding of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.
  • Management of complex CKD patients.

Curriculum for Case-Based Learning and Discussion:

  • Screening Diagnosis and Risk Stratification
  • Avoiding Insult to Injuries
  • Diabetes Management in CKD (Pitfalls)
  • Non-Pharmaceutical Treatment of HTN (Diet, Exercise, Smoking Cessation)
  • Pharmaceutical Rx of Refracting HTN
  • Medication Management of CKD
  • Empower CKD Patients Through Self-Management
  • Low Sodium Diet
  • Edema Management
  • CKD-MBD Management
  • Anemia Management
  • Prognosticating CKD Progression Using Risk Equation
  • When to Refer CKD Patients to the Nephrologist
  • Co-management of CKD

Click here for full schedule.

Meet the Expert Team

Walter Bender, MD, Nephrologist

Lisa Miller Schinke, MBA, RDN, CSR, LD, Dietitian

Cate Rudder, PharmD, Pharmacist

Yolanda Thompson-Martin, APN, Renal Nurse Practitioner

Preethi Yerram, MD, MS, FASN, Nephrologist

Kunal Malhotra, MD, Nephrologist

Elizabeth Montgomery, Senior Project Director, Chronic Kidney Disease Primary Care Initiative, National Kidney Foundation

Jennifer Jackson, BSN, RN, CDE, CPT, Diabetes Educator

Cathy Ashbaugh, RN, CNS, Transplant Nurse

Marian Carr, LPC, PsyD, Patient Advocate

Michael Kinkade, MD, Primary Care Physician

Sydney Ludwig, MSW, LCSW, Social Worker, University of Missouri Health Care

Melissa Bensouda, Patient Advocate

Previous Webinars

“Medication Management,” by Cate Rudder, PharmD, Kilgore’s Medical Pharmacy

“Evaluating CKD Impact in Primary Care Practice/Population” by Elizabeth Montgomery, National Kidney Foundation, and Michael Kinkade, MD, SSM Health

“Cardiovascular Risk in CKD/CKD Risk in Cardiovascular Disease,” by Kunal Malhotra, MD, University of Missouri, and Wally Bender, MD, Golden Valley Memorial Hospital

CME Information

The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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