Ana Ricardo, MD, Professor of Medicine and Nephrologist from the University of Illinois Chicago, Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology, will receive the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Medical Advisory Board Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes individuals for their educational activities and community service in promoting the mission of NKF on a local level.

Dr. Ricardo is an active member of the NKF of Illinois Professional Advisory Board Executive Committee. Further, her research is focused on health disparities and health behaviors in chronic kidney disease (CKD). Dr. Ricardo has led clinical research studies evaluating racial and ethnic, as well as sex-related differences in CKD progression and cardiovascular outcomes in adults with CKD. She has served on the planning committee for our Viviendo con Enfermedad Renal y Trasplante (the Spanish offering of NKF of Illinois Living with Kidney Disease and Transplantation) patient educational seminar, as well as providing talks about kidney health and transplantation and serving on the expert panel.

Dr. Ricardo is also a committed volunteer for the KidneyMobile® screening program, which screens for kidney disease and risk factors including diabetes and hypertension. She frequently volunteers to serve as a medical expert at screenings, reviewing screening results and providing expert consultation to screening participants.