Diedra Crews Bio

Trust At the Core for Improving Health Outcomes and Overcoming Disparities in Healthcare
Closing Keynote Session: 11:10 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Conference attendees will learn about identifying factors influencing trust between health systems/providers and patients from historically marginalized groups.  Dr. Crews will describe some ongoing work to build trust between health systems and marginalized communities in an effort to achieve health equity.

Dr. Crews is a nephrologist and epidemiologist. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is Associate Vice Chair for Diversity and Inclusion in the Department of Medicine. Her core area of research addresses disparities in the care and outcomes of chronic kidney disease. She has examined the contribution of social determinants of health, including poverty and access to healthful foods, to disparities in kidney disease. Her work in end-stage renal disease includes studies of the optimal timing and setting of dialysis initiation among vulnerable groups, and patient preparation for the start of renal replacement therapy.
Dr. Crews was the inaugural Gilbert S. Omenn Anniversary Fellow of the Institute of Medicine (2013-2015). She is the former Chair of the American Society of Nephrology Chronic Kidney Disease Advisory Group, and is currently a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Chronic Kidney Disease Surveillance Team, the ASN Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the Board of Directors of the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland and the Addressing Disparities Advisory Panel of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
Dr. Crews is founding director of the Doctoral Diversity Program, which is a research-intensive post-baccalaureate program of the Johns Hopkins Initiative for Careers in Science and Medicine.