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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About the Ask Our Experts category 6 May 29, 2019
Availability of Home dialysis machines in Nicaragua 2 October 7, 2019
Travel to st maartin 5 September 29, 2019
Patient who is a quad and trached needs training for inhome HD 3 September 22, 2019
Lack of focus, concentration issues on PD 6 September 20, 2019
Perm venous access 2 September 9, 2019
Arterial cannulation 6 September 5, 2019
Contemplating on the equipment for home hemodialysis 8 September 4, 2019
Calciphylaxis - switching from HD to PD 3 August 21, 2019
Need New Fistula 4 August 20, 2019
"Restless Body Syndrome" 3 August 19, 2019
Home dialysis mistake 5 August 18, 2019
CAPD Precuations 2 August 18, 2019
Pain in abdomen after 10 days of PD catheter removal 2 August 4, 2019
Showering or swimming after closing a session with buttonholes 2 August 2, 2019
HDF and pump speed 4 July 25, 2019
Sanitize heparin bottles 2 July 24, 2019
Use of Heparin on PD 2 July 23, 2019
Kidney disease and massage 17 July 21, 2019
Hemoglobin loss unknown 2 July 17, 2019
Fluid LOSS between Standard In-Center HD Txs 2 July 17, 2019
No fluid gain between treatments...low blood pressure episodes 2 July 16, 2019
New PD patient, LOTS of pain, please HELP! 10 July 16, 2019
Debating dialysis 3 July 7, 2019
Connected to Hemo Machine ZAPS ALL energy 11 July 7, 2019
Kindey histopathology 2 June 26, 2019
Icodextrin/fluid 2 June 26, 2019
Minimum dwell time? 2 June 26, 2019
Shortness of breath, not fluid overloaded 3 June 16, 2019
PD decision making 2 May 8, 2019