Cheung to Hold Dialysis Foundation Chair

Cheung to Hold Dialysis Foundation Chair

May 3, 2005 6:00 PM

Alfred K. Cheung, M.D., will be honored at a dinner Thursday, May 5th as the first holder of the Dialysis Research Foundation Endowed Chair in the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine.

The chair was established with a $500,000 gift from the Dialysis Research Foundation last January, with matching funds from the medical school department.

A U of U faculty member since 1983, Dr. Cheung is a professor in the medical schools Division of Nephrology and Hypertension. He is also is principal investigator on five research projects on hemodialysis, including a three-year, $1.86 million grant from the National Institutes of Health on "Prevention of Hemodialysis Vascular Access Stenosis."

He also is associate editor of the National Kidney Foundation Primer on Kidney Diseases, now in its fourth edition.

The nonprofit Dialysis Research Foundation was established by a group of patients in 1980 when a private Ogden dialysis center was closed. The patients joined with the owner of a dialysis center in Midvale to form Bonneville Dialysis Center, which later became the foundation. In 1989, it signed an affiliation agreement with the U. The foundation operates nine dialysis centers throughout Utah, with two more under construction in Kaysville, Utah, and Rexburg, Idaho.

Over the years, the Dialysis Research Foundation has donated some $3 million toward research in nephrology, according to Steve Hemming, clinical administrative manager of the U Dialysis Program.

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