Ask the Experts

Ask the Experts: Heather Weirich

Heather Weirich, BSN, RN, CNN has been a nurse for 18 years and a dialysis nurse for the past 11 years with the Independent Dialysis Foundation (IDF). Five years ago she began training clinical staff and completing competency assessments as an educator for IDF. “A big part [...]Read more

Physician Profile: Dr. William C. Jennings

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William C. Jennings, MD, FACS, is a missionary when it comes to vascular access for hemodialysis patients. An emeritus member of the Fistula First Catheter Last (FFCL) access planning committee, Dr. Jennings was part of the Fistula First movement from the first national program on vascular access [...]Read more

Physician Profile: Dr. Tushar Vachharajani

Tushar Vachharajani, MD, FASN, FACP, DNB (Nephrology) is passionate about improving dialysis vascular access care, both in the United States and around the world. He has been actively involved with training and educating the nephrology community, spreading awareness about the importance of a dialysis access. As a [...]Read more

Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned by the Dialysis Community

The 2005 Atlantic hurricane season was the most active in recorded history. The most devastating hurricane of the season, Katrina, brought on a 30-foot storm surge and severe flooding in and around New Orleans. When Katrina hit on August 29, 2005, it affected the operation of 94 [...]Read more

Physician Profile: Dr. Joseph Vassalotti

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As one of the leading nephrologists in the United States, Joseph A. Vassalotti, M.D., is known for directing clinical dialysis programs for over 10 years and for his quality improvement expertise. Dr. Vassalotti uses his experience to educate the professional community on adopting clinical practices that are [...]Read more

ESRD National Coordinating Center Launches Ask the Experts, Topics for Renal Professionals

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The End Stage Renal Disease National Coordinating Center (ESRD NCC) announces the launch of Ask the Experts, a continuing series of profiles and interviews, focusing on topics of interest to professionals in the kidney community. Each month the ESRD NCC website,, will feature an interview or [...]Read more