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ASDIN President-Elect

Kenneth Abreo, MD

I am a Professor of Medicine at LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine, Vice-Chairman of the Department of Medicine, and Chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension. I have maintained an active Interventional Nephrology Training Program at my institution that gives all our Nephrology Fellows the opportunity to train in our field. Our trainees have continued to practice Interventional Nephrology in both academic and private settings. Our Division participates actively in research trails and our faculty members play an active role in ASDIN. I have been a member of ASDIN since 2003 and I am certified by the ASDIN in both Vascular Access Procedures and PD Catheter Placement. I have served as Chairman of several committees of the ASDIN including the PD Certification Committee, Curriculum Committee, Education Committee and Nominating Committee and as a member of the PD Certification Committee, Membership Committee, Awards Committee and Education Committee. I have served as a Councilor and I am currently the Secretary/Treasurer of the ASDIN. I have been appointed to Chair several Interventional Pre-Courses at the ASDIN, NKF and ASN Annual Meetings. I am a member of the Editorial Board of the Interventional Nephrology Section of Seminars in Dialysis. I would like to see ASDIN prosper with a strong leadership, dedicated membership, excellent collaboration with other societies, sound financial stability, international recognition, innovative research, partnership with industry and provide education and teaching to all those who care for renal failure patients.


ASDIN Secretary-Treasurer

Haimanot (Monnie) Wasse, MD, MPH, FASN

I am an Associate Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. As a Seattle native, I completed medical school, residency and renal fellowship at the University of Washington. Since joining Emory University in 2004, I’ve combined my clinical work in interventional nephrology with clinical and translational research in the field of hemodialysis vascular access, supported by the NIH and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. I’ve been actively involved in serving the ASDIN membership since 2006 as a member of the Clinical Practice, Certification and Accreditation, and Research Committees, and as a Program Committee member for several ASDIN meetings. I currently serve as Chairwoman of the ASDIN Clinical Practice Committee and Co-Chair of the 2013 ASDIN Annual Scientific Meeting. With more than 35 peer-reviewed publications, and as a regular speaker at national nephrology meetings, I’ve demonstrated my commitment and dedication to the ASDIN mission of research and education. I would like to see the ASDIN become a leading organization in the development of innovative techniques and therapies to treat vascular access dysfunction, broaden its role in patient care by working closely with dialysis nurses and technicians to improve cannulation training, and expand educational and training opportunities for interventional nephrologists.

ASDIN Councilor Candidates 2014

Anil K. Agarwal MD, FASN, FNKF, FACP

I am honored to be a nominee to serve ASDIN as Councilor. I have proudly served the ASDIN and Interventional Nephrology (IN) community nationally and internationally as Councilor and as member of various committees over a decade. As Chair of Education Committee, my team created the IN Self-Assessment Program (INSAP)- a valuable educational resource. I led training, curriculum and (erstwhile) international subcommittee with key role in developing upcoming training programs, hosting an immensely successful annual scientific meeting and multiple international collaborations for ASDIN. I serve as Associate Editor of Seminars in Dialysis and have published books and manuscripts on IN. Additionally, I have served on IN Advisory Group of ASN, IN committee of ISN and the Vascular Access Advisory Panel of Renal Network. I am Professor of Medicine, Section Chief of Nephrology and Director of IN at Ohio State University and Medical Director of dialysis unit. My re-election as Councilor will enable seamless utilization of my experience, resources and determination to fortify this momentum to escalate value added membership benefits. I envision global collaboration of ALL stakeholders (physicians, associates, administrators, RPA, ASN, ISN, sister societies) to enhance ASDIN’s vital eminence in this era of challenges and opportunities facing IN.



Rajiv Dhamija, MD

In brief I am an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine- Western University of Health Sciences, California and practice both Interventional and Clinical Nephrology at the Department of Health Services- Los Angeles County. Also, I am committed to stay actively involved with Interventional Nephrology related clinical research projects as well as promoting the Seminars in Dialysis ASDIN publication. I am an active member of ASN, RPA, and ASDIN and also serve on the ASN Interventional Nephrology Committee.  ASDIN for me has been a great experience ever since I joined in 2008. I am privileged to be on the ASDIN Accreditation committee and have also served on the Curriculum committee. Some recent accomplishments involved updating the ASDIN Accreditation criteria as well as creating a new standardized objective worksheet for facility site visit evaluations. My vision is for ASDIN to enhance the existing strong foundations and become a globally recognized premier organization. With the upcoming healthcare mandates ASDIN must position ourselves to be at the forefront of quality care and patient satisfaction.  Specifically I am determined to help establish more ASDIN accredited centers encouraging Interventional Nephrology clinical practice, research and training.




Rajeev Narayan, MD

It is an honor for me to be nominated for a position as ADSIN Councilor. I have been a practicing Interventional and Clinical Nephrologist in San Antonio since 2008. Prior to that I was a U.S. Army Physician for 12 years. I deployed with the 21st Combat Support Hospital in support of the U.S. 4th Infantry Division during Operating Iraqi Freedom. I completed Nephrology fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2006. I have an interest in fluoroscopic peritoneal dialysis catheter insertion and brought this to our access center. I have also used this to start an Urgent Start PD program within our practice.  I have had the opportunity to speak at national meetings about both fluoroscopic CAPD catheter placement and Urgent start PD, and participate in the training of Interventional Nephrologists interested in CAPD catheter placement. I remain a member of the ASDIN, RPA and ASN. I am committed to the success and goals of the ASDIN. I currently serve on the ASDIN Communication committee. I would like to help the ASDIN work towards ACGME credentialing for Interventional Nephrology procedures as well as expansion of what can be done by interventional Nephrologists to better serve our patients. 



Vandana Dua Niyyar, MD, FASN

I am an Associate Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. I am ABIM certified in Internal Medicine as well as Nephrology; ASDIN certified in HVA procedures and a Fellow of both ASN and NKF. I have been actively involved in, and contributed to, ASDIN’s mission for the last several years. I have been a member of the HVA Certification and Recertification Committee since 2010 and have served as its Chair since 2012. I have also been a member of the Ultrasound Certification Workgroup since 2011. I have furthered ASDIN’s academic mission with over 20 publications, lectured as an invited speaker and conducted workshops at multiple national conferences, with a focus on training and developing expertise and proficiency in the practice of Interventional Nephrology.  It is my personal belief that interventional nephrologists, with our dual certifications in nephrology and endovascular procedures, are uniquely qualified to alleviate the morbidity and mortality currently associated with vascular access. My vision for ASDIN involves 1) consolidation of our position as a global leader in vascular access, 2) standardization of IN education, training and certification; 3) increasing our involvement in research and 4) leading multi-disciplinary collaborations to optimize care for our dialysis patients.



Bharat Sachdeva, MD

It is an honor to be selected as a nominee for the position of ASDIN Councilor. I am an Associate Professor Internal Medicine and Program Director Nephrology Fellowship at Louisiana State University, Shreveport. As a faculty member for over six years, I have trained over 20 Interventional Nephrologists, several of whom have gone on to establish IN programs at other academic centers. I have also been an active member of ASDIN for seven years. I actively participated and contributed to the mission of ASDIN by serving on the Program Committee (ASDIN, NKF, and ASN meetings), Curriculum Subcommittee, Seminars in dialysis editorial board, and as chair of the Communications committee. Particularly as Chair of communications committee, we started an ASDIN newsletter and are currently working to get a coding app for smartphone, which will be released soon. ASDIN plays a pivotal role in encouraging nephrologists and fellows to own vascular access for improved care on dialysis. ASDIN can continue to grow by partnering with NKF/ASN to get fellows interested in Interventional Nephrology, developing educational resources/tools to disseminate vascular access education and spearheading excellence in dialysis access care. As a member of ASDIN, I hope to continue to contribute to these essential and fundamental goals of the association.


Ramesh Soundararajan, MD

I am presently Director of Vascular Services at Associates in Nephrology a 34 physician nephrology practice in Chicago. We have 3 vascular labs associated with the Practice. I have been placing tunneled catheters since 1993 access interventions since 2004 and ASDIN certified since 2005. Last year we trained 3 more interventional nephrologists all ASDIN certified. I was one of the principal investigators of the Life Site dialysis port. I have been part of ASDIN since from its early days and have attended every annual meeting. I am part of the Training Sub committee and was Co- Chair for the NKF Interventional pre-course in 2013. I teach at Midwestern University School of Medicine IL . I have residents visit the lab from there and from University of Illinois as part of the renal service which has increased IM residents going into nephrology.  ASDIN has significantly improved the science of access care. It has stimulated interest in dialysis access not only among nephrologists but also radiologists, surgeons and basic research scientists. I have lectured in India about fistula maturation, central stenosis and other interventional topics and I believe we could expand our international presence to host ASDIN satellite courses in India.



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