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                           Frank Cortazar, MD  Jorge Cerda, MD

Professor Cerdá earned his MD at the University of the Republic School of Medicine, Montevideo, Uruguay in 1976 and his Nephrology Certificate in 1982. Between 1974–1991 he was successively Instructor, Assistant Professor and Associate Professor of Physiology at that University. Between 1979–80 he was a Fulbright Scholar in the US and completed a Master of Science in Physiology. He later completed a Nephrology Fellowship at the Albany Medical College and rose through the ranks to his current position of Clinical Professor of Medicine in 2010. Professor Cerdá is currently Chief of Medicine, St. Peter’s Healthcare Partners in Albany, New York.

Professor Cerdá publishes extensively in top peer-reviewed journals such as The Lancet, Nature Reviews, The Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Nephrology Dialysis and Transplantation, and Kidney International and participates as a speaker in the multiple national and international meetings of his specialty.

He is on the editorial board of numerous journals, including The Lancet, the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Kidney International, Journal of Critical Care Medicine and Critical Care Medicine, and is an Associate Editor of Kidney International Reports and Blood Purification.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology, and a member of the International Society of Nephrology and the National Kidney Foundation, where he holds local, national and international leadership positions. Dr. Cerda’s main research interests focus on Critical Care Nephrology, acute kidney injury, continuous renal replacement therapies, kidney recovery and worldwide AKI epidemiology, as well as immunologically mediated kidney disease.

He is currently engaged on the development of evidence in the management of outpatient AKI requiring dialysis and the promotion of kidney recovery, as well as the development of educational instruments to promote early recognition of early kidney injury. In the context of the ISN, he advocates for kidney care in developing countries and the promotion of universal health care around the world.

Professor Cerdá has extensive experience as a speaker in multiple national and international meetings, and is a member of the Organizing Committee of the International AKI & CRRT Conference, a member of the Acute Kidney Injury Network (AKIN), the Acute Dialysis Quality Initiative (ADQI), the AKI Committee and the North American & Caribbean Regional Board of the International Society of Nephrology, and the AKI Advisory Committee of the American Society of Nephrology.

Professor Cerdá is past-Associate Director of the Oby25 ISN initiative, where he worked to understand, design and implement world-wide acute kidney care initiatives in developing countries. He is currently Deputy Chair of the ISN Advocacy Group, and Chair of the recently launched AKI!Now ASN Initiative.