1960

Dr. Belding Scribner, of the University of Washington, developed the Scribner Shunt.

1962

Dr. James Haviland helped establish the Seattle Artificial Kidney Center, the first outpatient dialysis treatment center in the world. Now called Northwest Kidney Centers.

1970

Research by Dr. Henry Tenckhoff and Dr. Fred Boen resulted in peritoneal dialysis being offered by the Northwest Kidney Centers.

1979

Dr. Robert O. Hickman, creator of the Hickman catheter (double lumen silicone rubber Dacron cuffed catheter). Developed for ambulatory home PN and chemotherapy.

1989

Northwest Kidney Centers (NKC) was the first site for human studies on erythropoietin.

2008

Kidney Research Institute (KRI) is established.

2015

KRI chosen to engineer a kidney tissue chip to predict drug safety.

Wearable Artificial Kidney (WAK) fast tracked by FDA after successful clinical trials at UWMC.