When it comes to the kidney diet, Northwest Kidney Centers writes the book

Beth Shanaman RD carries on tradition of dietary leadership

As the world’s first outpatient dialysis provider, we’ve been at the forefront of several vital and related aspects of care in addition to dialysis itself. Principally among them is renal nutrition expertise.

This month our Nutrition and Fitness Manager Beth Shanaman had chapters published in two significant reference guides. Beth is a Fellow of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and past chair of its Council on Renal Nutrition.

She co-authored:

  • Chapter 5: Nutrition Management of the Adult Patient on In-Center Hemodialysis in the comprehensive Clinical Guide to Nutrition Care in Kidney Disease from the NKF and the Academy of Nutrition.
  • The chapter entitled “Medical Therapy for Renal Disorders” in Krause and Mahan’s Food and the Nutrition Care Process. This textbook is used to train Registered Dietitians across the United States and in some countries around the world.

This last chapter was also co-authored by Beth’s predecessor, Katy Wilkens RD who retired in 2021 and was also an NKF Fellow.

Katy began as a dietitian at Northwest Kidney Centers around 1980, before guidelines on nutritional care for dialysis patients existed. She led the effort to establish them, which resulted in the first “Suggested Guidelines for the Nutrition Care of Renal Patients”, later adopted by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for the nation. She was honored by the NKF’s Council on Renal Nutrition for excellence in education and significant contributions in renal nutrition and awarded the Medal of Excellence in kidney nutrition from the American Association of Kidney Patients.