On Friday, March 22, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) will honor transplant pioneer and educator Dr. Khalid M.H. Butt, of Briarcliff Manor, with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The presentation will take place during the NKF’s Sixth Annual Medical Symposium held at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.
Dr. Butt, who retired in 2011, was the Director of Transplantation and Vascular Surgery at Westchester County Medical Center and the Vice-Chairman of the Department of Surgery at New York Medical College in Valhalla.
“Khalid is universally respected for his achievements in renal care and transplantation,” says Ellen Yoshiuchi, Program Director for the National Kidney Foundation serving Greater New York. “His tireless work has not only advanced medical knowledge, but has saved countless lives in the Tri-state area.”
Dr. Butt has dedicated over 50 years of his life to medicine and surgery. Born in Armistar, India, he graduated from King Edward Medical College, Panjab University, Lahore, in 1962. Shorty thereafter he arrived in the United States for post-graduate training in general and cardiothoracic surgery at University Hospital, State University of New York, Health Science Center/Kings County Hospital, where he remained for over 20 years.
In his storied career, he has won recognition for the comprehensive surgical care of end-stage renal disease patients, particularly in the development and maintenance of angioaccess for hemodialysis. He has been published in numerous professional journals and has also served on the NYS Transplant Council as well as the Medical Advisory Board of the National Kidney Foundation serving Greater New York.
Dr. Butt has previously been honored with the Upjohn Achievement Award for Outstanding Surgical Research, election to the Honor Medical Society (A.O.A.), the Mayor's Liberty Award for the City of New York, and the Lester Hoenig Award of the National Kidney Foundation of New York/New Jersey. He was part of the founding group of the New York Organ Donor Network and served as its first CEO and President.
The NKF’s Sixth Annual Medical Symposium is a one-day conference directed to nephrologists, cardiologists, endocrinologists, primary care physicians, pediatricians and allied healthcare professionals in the greater New York metropolitan area. The symposium will feature an internationally recognized faculty of experts. Presentations will provide the latest information on the treatment of chronic kidney disease (CKD) as it relates to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, lupus, nutritional compliance, pediatric patients and depression as well as improvements in dialysis and access, the integrated care model, transplantation and infection control. Registration for the event is open until March 19, 2013. Call 212-889-2210 ext. 228 for more event information.
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and tens of millions of Americans at risk. For more information, visit www.kidney.org