UC Irvine Health held a World Kidney Day celebration for the community on March 18 that featured informational lectures, health screenings and kidney-friendly snacks.

The program featured nationally recognized speakers in areas of nephrology, urology, transplantation and nutrition.

Faculty speakers:

  • Dr. Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh
  • Dr. Jaime Landman
  • Dr. Uttam G. Reddy
  • Dr. Connie M. Rhee
  • Vanessa Rojas-Bautista, RDN

The crowd also heard remarks from kidney transplant recipient Frank Maggelet, who shared his moving story of receiving a kidney from the spouse of a fellow Coast Guard veteran. In between lectures, attendees had the opportunity to participate in a health fair with free screenings, including blood pressure, BMI and kidney ultrasound. Physicians also met with attendees one on one to talk about overall health.


The event benefitted overall awareness of kidney health and provided insight into how UC Irvine Health is transforming the future of kidney care.