What's New at IKP

July 5th, 2022

Vignesh Viswanathan, MD

Please help us welcome Dr. Vignesh Viswanathan, M.D. to Iowa Kidney Physicians P.C.  He is coming to IKP with outstanding achievements such as Critical Care Resident of the Year, which he received during his residency in Ohio.  His official start date with IKP is July 5th 2022 and he will be located at Methodist Plaza.  

May 31st 2022 

Dr Jana

Iowa Kidney Physicians P.C. is pleased to announce the addition of Jana VanHaaften who joined the IKP team on May 31st as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner.  Her passion for treating kidney patients is exemplified through over 25 years of experience in nephrology.  Jana will be practicing at the Riverpoint and Pella clinics, and rotating to Methodist Plaza.


Rock Doc Happy Doctors’ Day! Thank you Doctor for all that you do! March 30th has been designated as National Doctors Day in the U.S as an annual observance aimed at appreciating physicians who help save our lives every day. Red carnations are the representative flower for the national holiday. Doctors’ Day was unofficially celebrated for many years before it became a legal holiday on March 30, 1958.

This holiday was traced back to 1933 in Winder, Georgia, when Eudora Brown Almond, who was the wife of a prominent Georgian doctor, wanted to create a day just for recognizing and honoring doctors. She selected March 30th as this is the date Dr. Crawford W. Long first used ether anesthesia during surgery in 1842. Today we continue to honor doctors on March 30th every year to celebrate medical advances and thank all doctors everywhere who’ve spent so much time and energy mastering their field of expertise.

Fun Facts about doctors

60 hours is the estimated number of hours worked per week by a doctor.

1,062,205 is the estimated number of doctors in the United States of America alone.

10,500 is the estimated number of Nephrologists in the United States.

Doctors did not start wearing white coats until in the 1800s.

The WHO, World Health Organization, estimates that there are over 10 million physicians worldwide.

The term nephrologist comes from the Greek word “nephros”, which means kidney or renal and “ologist” refers to someone who studies.

A nephrologist is a type of doctor who focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of kidney conditions. Nephrologists are also called kidney doctors. Nephrologists specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions, including but not limited to blood/protein in the urine, chronic kidney disease, kidney stones/infections, kidney cancer, and renal artery stenosis (narrowing of arteries that carry blood to kidneys).

Doctors’ Days Around the World.

Canada had FND Awareness Day which is a day for raising awareness of functional neurological disorder on April 13th.

South Africa has Pregnancy Awareness Week which in this observance aims to strengthen pregnancy education & stress healthy pregnancy along with safe motherhood during February 10th through February 16th.

Vietnam has Doctors’ Day which is celebrating doctors and their valuable services on February 27th

India has National Deworming Day which aims at eradicating intestinal worms known as Soil-transmitted helminths among children and is recognized on February 10th.

Be sure to give thanks, schedule any routine visits that are needed, and stay healthy! While doctors help alleviate your health problems, they like to remind you to stay healthy as this can also help alleviate your health problems. Continue practicing daily healthy routines such as being hydrated, exercising, and eating balanced meals. Your doctor as well as your health will be sure to thank you

Mar 7th 2022

Thursday, March 10, 2022 is World Kidney Day. This global health awareness campaign focuses on the importance of the kidneys and reducing the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide. World Kidney Day is observed annually on the 2nd Thursday in March and started in 2006. World Kidney Day is a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF).


  • Raise awareness about our "amazing kidneys" Highlight that diabetes and high blood pressure are key risk factors for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).
  • Encourage systematic screening of all patients with diabetes and hypertension for CKD.
  • Encourage preventive behaviors.
  • Educate all medical professionals about their key role in detecting and reducing the risk of CKD, particularly in high risk populations
  • Stress the important role of local and national health authorities in controlling the CKD epidemic. On World Kidney Day all governments are encouraged to take action and invest in further kidney screening.
  • Encourage Transplantation as a best-outcome option for kidney failure, and the act of organ donation as a life-saving initiative.

Feb 23rd 2022

The Month of March is National Kidney Month


Please show your support by wearing a green ribbon during the month of March for Kidney Disease Awareness as March is National Kidney Month. Wearing the Green Ribbon is to help raise awareness about the importance of our kidneys and to reduce the impact of kidney disease.