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The Dr. Paula Show 3/22, 11am: Celebrating National Kidney Month featuring Dr. Ana Ricardo

March is National Kidney Month and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is urging all Americans to give their kidneys a second thought and a well-deserved checkup. Throughout the Month of March, NKF is offering free screenings to those most at risk for kidney disease – anyone with diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of kidney failure. Locations and information can be found on the calendar on their website:

In honor of national kidney month, The Dr.Paula Show will be re-airing our interview with Dr. Ana C. Ricardo, MD, MPH, MS. The show will air on March 22nd at 11:00am.

Dr. Ricardo will be speaking about healthy lifestyle and health outcomes in patients with chronic kidney disease, and the prevalence of chronic kidney disease among Hispanics/Latinos living in the U.S.

Ana Ricardo

Dr. Ricardo’s research interest is focused on health-related disparities in chronic kidney disease (CKD) outcomes, and on the evaluation of lifestyle factors including smoking, physical activity, diet and body mass index, as predictors of survival in individuals with CKD. Dr. Ricardo received her Medical Degree from the Pontificia Javeriana University in Bogota, Colombia, and completed Internal Medicine Residency at Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago, IL. She received a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology degree from the UIC School of Public Health in 2007, and subsequently completed a Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science Program at the UIC School of Public Health to further develop her clinical research skills. Dr. Ricardo joined the UIC Section of Nephrology as a clinical fellow in 2009. During her second year of fellowship she was awarded a National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research to validate the Beck Depression Inventory in Hispanics with CKD. Since 2012 Dr. Ricardo is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the tenure track at the UIC Department of Medicine. More recently in 2013, Dr. Ricardo was awarded a K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Career Development Award to examine gender-related disparities and vascular function in renal and cardiovascular outcomes in individuals with CKD

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