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ASDIN Councilor Candidates 2015 

Dirk Hentschel, MD

I am an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston and Director of Interventional Nephrology (IN) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston. After medical school at the Charité Berlin, I completed medical residency at Montefiore Medical Center in The Bronx, NY, and fellowship in nephrology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Since 2008 I have build an IN program at BWH in close collaboration with access surgeons and dialysis units. I attended the first 2005 ASDIN Scientific Meeting in Phoenix, AZ, and have served on the ASDIN Clinical Practice Committee. I have been the Co-Chair for the 2013 and 2014 ASDIN Hands-on Pre-Course. More than 20 peer-reviewed publications and regular speaker assignments at national dialysis access meetings demonstrate my commitment and dedication to the ASDIN mission of research and education. I also dedicate time to educational efforts in dialysis units in and around Boston, as well as physician education internationally (e.g. Germany, China, Malaysia, Nepal and India). My goals for ASDIN are to collaboratively (access surgeons, interventionalists, nephrologists, physician extenders and dialysis nurses and technologists) strengthen dialysis access care in the United States and beyond in a challenging funding environment. 







I am truly honored to be a nominee to serve as ASDIN Councilor.  I am an Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Director of Interventional Nephrology, and Associate Nephrology Fellowship Director at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  I have been actively involved with the ASDIN for five years.  I serve on the ASDIN Research Subcommittee, International Committee and International Research Subcommittee, and Research Grant Review Committee.  More recently, I also serve as an ASDIN Representative for the ASN Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) and a member of the 11th Annual Scientific Program Planning Committee tasked to develop the 2015 scientific program.  With over thirty publications and a regularly invited national and international speaker at vascular access/nephrology conferences, I also believe I have furthered ASDIN’s academic mission of research and education. My vision for the ASDIN involves: (1) reinvigorating interest in and increasing visibility of our specialty through collaborative and educational efforts with the ASN, ISN, NKF, KHI and internal medicine and nephrology training programs, (2) fostering innovative research to improve therapies for vascular access dysfunction, and (3) advocating on a national level for initiatives that improve the quality and processes of care for our patients requiring dialysis vascular access services.




Loay Salman, MD, MBA

I am an Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Director of Interventional Nephrology Program. I have been ASDIN member since 2007 and have served on many ASDIN committees and subcommittees. Currently I serve on HVA certification subcommittee and PD certification subcommittee board reviews and as Chairman of the Curriculum subcommittee. We are privileged in the curriculum subcommittee to release the Interventional Nephrology Self-Assessment Program (INSAP) this year. I have active clinical and basic research at the University of Miami and feel privileged to be funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and other sources to study dialysis access related science. I recently graduated from the University of Miami School of business with MBA in health sector management and policy which tremendously enriched my knowledge. Currently I have more than 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals.  As a dedicated member I envision our society to continue to be the leading organization in our specialty, always be in the front line in innovation and research, have larger global collaborations, more national and international educational initiatives, and pioneer in improving outcome and excellence in care. I am honored to be nominated to serve as a Councilor.

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