The Burden of Anemia in CKD

This activity is part of a series


Ellie Kelepouris, MD, FACP, FAHA
Professor of Medicine (Nephrology)
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA
Ellie Kelepouris, MD, FACP, FAHA

Ellie Kelepouris, MD, FACP, FAHA, is an attending nephrologist and professor of clinical medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia as well as a fellow of the American College of Physicians. She was previously the Chief of Nephrology, the fellowship training program director, and the interim chair of the Department of Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. Dr. Kelepouris is a principal investigator in numerous clinical studies in nephrology, and her prolific list of publications includes many original research papers, reviews, abstracts, and book chapters. She also serves as a reviewer for several journals, including The Journal of Clinical Investigation, Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Kidney International, and the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.

Dr. Kelepouris is a nationally recognized leader in the nephrology field. She served as the chair of the medical advisory board of the National Kidney Foundation for 15 years as well as on the leadership committee of the American Heart Association’s National Council on the Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease. As a strong patient advocate, she spearheaded many community engagement and kidney health screening programs in Philadelphia. For these efforts, she was honored by the National Kidney Foundation as Physician of the Year in 2020. In addition, she is actively involved in many professional organizations, including the American College of Physicians, the American Heart Association, and the American Society of Nephrology.

Dr. Kelepouris is the recipient of many awards in medicine and teaching, which include the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, Outstanding Physician of the Year and Outstanding Leadership Award from the National Kidney Foundation, and the Teaching and Mentoring Award from Drexel University College of Medicine. In 2018, Dr. Kelepouris was elected to a 3-year term as president of Women In Nephrology, a mentoring and leadership society for young professionals in the nephrology field.

Statement of Need

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a progressive loss of kidney function that often results in end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) and requires treatment with dialysis. Anemia is a frequent CKD complication characterized by symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, and diminished concentration; more than half of CKD patients experience anemia by stage 4 CKD compared to only 8% at stage 1. Patients frequently report CKD-related anemia burdens of increased morbidity and mortality, excessive health care costs, work productivity impairment, and lower quality of life. This burden weighs disproportionally upon underserved patient populations that include racial and ethnic minorities. Clinicians in the CKD field have the important undertaking of appropriate anemia recognition and treatment for all patients and must thus understand this crucial aspect of CKD management.

In the first activity of this CME Outfitters BriefCase series, expert faculty utilize case-based learning to evaluate the burden of CKD-related anemia, with a focus on patient populations undergoing dialysis who are at risk for receiving poorer care and experiencing worse outcomes.

Learning Objective

Evaluate the burden of CKD-related anemia, particularly among underserved patient populations on dialysis who are at risk for receiving poorer care and experiencing worse outcomes

Financial Support

This educational activity is supported by an educational grant from GSK.

Target Audience

Physicians, physician associates (PAs), nurse practitioners (NPs), nurses, and pharmacists specializing in nephrology or primary care

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Dr. Kelepouris reports the following financial relationships:

Advisory Board: AstraZeneca; Bayer: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Lilly Alliance; CSL Vifor; and GSK

Consultant: Travere Therapeutics, Inc.

Disclosures were obtained from the following peer reviewers and CME Outfitters, LLC, staff, with no disclosures to report:

  • Jeffrey Helfand, DO (peer reviewer)
  • Karla E. Crews, MSN, RN (peer reviewer)
  • Keshia Pitt, PhD (planning committee)
  • John Jones, PharmD (planning committee)
  • Susan H. Yarbrough, CHCP (planning committee)
  • Sandra Caballero, PharmD (planning committee)
  • Sharon Tordoff (planning committee)

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The Burden of Anemia in CKD
Event Date: 12/12/2023