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Improving the understanding, detection, and management of kidney disease.


NKDEP’s director is Dr. Andrew S. Narva and its associate director is Eileen Newman, RD. Read their bios below.

Andrew S. Narva, MD, FACP, FASN

National Kidney Disease Education Program

Dr. Andrew S. Narva has served since 2006 as the director of the National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP), an initiative of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, one of the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Narva is particularly interested in focusing NKDEP’s efforts on communities at greatest risk for CKD and on the health professionals who serve those communities. Efforts are targeted at primary care settings serving high risk population. NKDEP aims to expand the role of all health professionals in the primary care setting (pharmacist, dietitians, nurses, lab professionals) better assess and treat CKD.

Dr. Narva came to NKDEP from the Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency of the Public Health Service that provides health care to approximately two million American Indian and Alaska Natives, including communities with the highest rates of end-stage kidney disease (ESRD) in the United States. Dr. Narva established the IHS Kidney Disease Program in 1989 with the goal of improving care for American Indians/American Natives with chronic kidney disease (CKD). As the IHS Chief Clinical Consultant for Nephrology, Dr. Narva provided direct care in New Mexico as well as technical consultation and support to tribes and IHS centers throughout the country.

In 2002, Dr. Narva was recognized by the IHS National Council of Clinical Directors as the Physician Leader of the Year and by the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) as the Clinical Physician of the Year. In 2003, he received the USPHS Distinguished Service Medal, the highest recognition awarded to commissioned officers.

After attending Harvard Medical School, Dr. Narva completed his residency program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a Nephrology Fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Harvard College.

Eileen P. Newman, MS, RD

Associate Director
National Kidney Disease Education Program

Ms. Eileen P. Newman has served since 2008 as the associate director of the National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP), an initiative of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, one of the National Institutes of Health.

Ms. Newman helps to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate the activities of the national education program, which aims to change clinical practice and public awareness of chronic kidney disease (CKD). She also oversees the production and distribution of education tools for various audiences. Ms. Newman is currently leading NKDEP’s nutrition collaboration with dietitians to develop strategies and materials to help increase provider and patient knowledge about the CKD diet and its important role in delaying the progression of CKD.

Ms. Newman brings more than 25 years of experience working in public health positions. Most recently, she served as the Project Officer of the National Centers of Excellence in Women’s Health at the Health and Human Services’ Office on Women's Health. During this time, she directed model public health programs at academic medical institutions that were providing multidisciplinary, comprehensive care for all women across the life span. Ms. Newman also developed and disseminated educational materials for diverse patient and professional audiences for the National High Blood Pressure Education Program and the National Cholesterol Education Program of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

Ms. Newman began her Federal career as a nutritionist developing national education outreach efforts for the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Food Guide Pyramid at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Human Nutrition Information Service. Before her service in the Federal Government, she was a WIC Nutritionist and a supervisor of the USDA’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program with the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service in Prince George’s County, MD.

Ms. Newman holds a Master of Science in Nutrition from the University of Maryland and is a Registered Dietitian. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

Page last updated: June 6, 2012