Ask Our Experts


LeeAnn Smith, Renal Dietitian LeeAnn Smith will answer questions relating to the science of nutrition and how your treatment option affect your diet. Stuart Mott, Cannulation Expert Stuart Mott will answer questions relating to cannulation and the patient's experience with dialysis needles. Dr. John Agar, Nephrologist Dr. John Agar will answer questions relating to the how and why of the dialysis process and the impact of dialysis on human physiology. Ana Figueiredo, PD Nurse Ana Figueiredo, RN, ENB 136, MSc, PhD is Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing at the Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Porto Alegre, Brazil. Ms. Figueiredo has been working with renal patients since 1985, with both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, her primary focus on PD research to improve outcomes for PD patients. She has numerous publications, including Guidelines for PD training for the International Society for PD (ISPD). She’s been an active member of ISPD since 2000, serving as chair and member of Nurse Liaison Committee and council member as a nurse representative, in 2014 received the Barbara Prowant’s Lifetime Achievement Award in the Field of Nephrology. Since 2018 acts as Educator in the Educator Ambassador of International Society of Nephrology. She still works in the fields as a teacher and consultant at PUCRS and on CQI projects around the world. Beth Witten, Social Worker Beth Witten, MSW, ACSW, LSCSW, is a Resource and Policy Associate for Medical Education Institute. Currently Beth also consults with the Missouri Kidney Program where she and her daughter Amy coordinate Patient Education Program classes in the Kansas City area for people with chronic kidney disease. In the past, Beth worked for the National Kidney Foundation where she developed educational materials for a renal community education and awareness initiative for Medicare Part D. In addition, Beth provided consultation to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as a member of the ESRD Training & Support Team for a decade. In that position, she helped train ESRD surveyors and answer questions about the dialysis regulations from them and members of the renal community. Beth has decades of experience as a nephrology social worker advising patients and professionals. She can answer your questions about dialysis reimbursement, Medicare policy, living and working with kidney disease, and the dialysis regulations, including patient rights and responsibilities.
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Ultrafiltration Rate 3 January 15, 2020
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Transplant while training for Home Dialysis 4 November 25, 2019
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CAPD Precuations 6 November 20, 2019
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Power requirements for back-up battery 2 October 27, 2019
Availability of Home dialysis machines in Nicaragua 3 October 14, 2019
Travel to st maartin 5 September 29, 2019
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